It's hard to tell the difference between the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime and the even newer Transformer Prime TF700T unless you know the TF700T has an upgraded display. The TF700T is the first tablet with a 1080p HD display, and Asus has also redesigned the back cover to improve GPS, Wi-Fi and bluetooth access. Asus announced the TF700T at International CES in January, so there is no release date given or even a price, but it's debut is both welcome and troubling. The Transformer Prime has a known glitch where it can't lock on to GPS signals and struggles with Wi-Fi connections. It seems not every single one of them is affected, but enough that Asus has had to announce an entirely new device to fix the problem.
So, it's good they were so quick to fix the problem, but if they had the HD display ready to go anyway, what were they waiting for? Will they be debuting a new tablet each year and still provide support for older versions? Or were the Tranformer Prime bugs simply the inspiration to debut the HD display before its time?
It may not even matter, however, because the Transformer Prime and Transformer Prime TF700T seem like winning devices. They both run the newest Android system, have 32 or 64 gigabytes of internal storage and can attach to a keyboard dock that makes them into a quasi-laptop. A laptop with a touchscreen is the new black, and Lenovo has even gotten on the bandwagon releasing two such devices at CES this year. More are certain to come, but in the meantime, check out the Transformer Prime and keep an eye out for the TF700T later this year.
Transformer Prime is $500 for the 32GB version and has an eight megapixel rear-facing camera, microSD card slot, micro-HDMI port and is the firs quad-core processor powered tablet. Let us know in the comments if you've ordered the Prime and would consider waiting or trading in for the TF700T.
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