The ASUS Transformer Prime Eee Pad launched in December with a few shortcomings, the most prominent one being a locked bootloader. After two months, ASUS has come up with a solution: a bootloader unlock tool that will be launched in February, according to a tweet sent out by the tech company.
When ASUS enthusiasts first got their hands on their new tablet, the biggest point of criticism came from those wanting to customize some of the settings. A locked bootloader prohibits users from flashing ROMS and kernels to customize their devices. Here's what ASUS had to say about the locked bootloader:
Regarding the bootloader, the reason we chose to lock it is due to content providers' requirement for DRM client devices to be as secure as possible. ASUS supports Google DRM in order to provide users with a high-quality video rental experience. Also, based on our experience, users who choose to root their devices risk breaking the system completely. However, we know there is demand in the modding community to have an unlocked bootloader. Therefore, ASUS is developing an unlock tool for that community.
The company warned, however, that those who choose to unlock their devices will void their ASUS warranty, and Google video rental will also be unavailable because the device will be no longer protected by security mechanisms.
The Eee Pad Transformer Prime is the first tablet to herald the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. It is ultra-thin at 8.3mm and weighs only 586g and comes with state-of-the-art SonicMaster Audio technology, an HD 8MP rear auto-focus camera with LED flash. And an 18-hour battery-left when combined with the mobile dock.
The mobile dock allows the tablet to transform to a notebook form, equipped with a keyboard and battery charger. The Asus Transformer Prime also has capabilities to upgrade to Android's latest Ice Cream Sandwich software.