Although earlier rumors had pegged US availability for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime a bit sooner, Asus has let us know that it expects US online availability for the tablet beginning on December 12th and December 19th for brick-and-mortar stores. Those release dates could change slightly depending on how many pre-orders Asus needs to fill first, but it looks like a sure bet you'll be able to pick one up before the year is out. Unfortunately, there's no word yet on when the 3G models will arrive in the US.

Pricing will be $499 for the 32GB version and $599 for the 64GB version, with an extra $149 on top if add in the keyboard dock. Curious to know whether this 10.1-inch, quad-core, Android 3.2 tablet is worth that much money? Look no further than our comprehensive review of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime. You can also check out Asus' promotional video for the tablet below.