Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201

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What does a laptop in the post-PC era look like? Is it an ultrabook with familiar internals and software in a dramatically slimmed-down shell? Or is it possible to use a modern mobile OS like Android, energy-efficient chips, and build something that bridges the gap between the portability of a tablet and the power of a laptop? Leave it to two companies with deep roots in the PC industry — Asus and Nvidia — to take a stab at that question with the Eee Pad Transformer Prime. It’s the world’s...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.31 inches
Weight 1.29 pounds
Screen size (diagonal) 10.1 inches
Operating system Android
Launch OS version 3.2
CPU brand Nvidia
CPU family Tegra 3
RAM size 1 GB

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Tech Specs


Height 7.1 inches
Width 10.4 inches
Thickness 0.31 inches
Weight 1.29 pounds
Color Black / Silver
Speakers Mono


Screen size (diagonal) 10.1 inches
Technology IPS LCD
Resolution (X) 1280 px
Resolution (Y) 800 px
PPI 149
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes


Operating system Android
Launch OS version 3.2
Notable apps Tegra Zone, Vibe Music, Asus Launcher


CPU brand Nvidia
CPU family Tegra 3
Clock speed 1.4 GHz
Cores 4


Brand Nvidia


RAM size 1 GB
RAM type DDR2


Internal size 32 GB, 64 GB
External storage Yes
External storage support microSD


Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 2.1 + EDR

Front Camera

Effective pixels 1.2 megapixels

Rear Camera

Effective pixels 8 megapixels
Flash Single LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 1080p


Video out Yes
Headphone 3.5mm
Data connections Micro HDMI


Sensors Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer


Capacity 25 Wh
Quoted use time 12 hr


Quadrant 3132
SunSpider 1707.3 ms
The Verge Battery Test 5 hours 9 minutes

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  • 6.0
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    Reviewed by Karl P. (Currently owns)

    I finally found one in stock locally, but will unfortunately be returning it. I’m experiencing intermittent loss of touch response. A lock and then unlock fixes it, but it’s just not acceptable for the price to have that kind of a flaw.

    The keyboard dock is a little weak. You can’t handle this thing like a Macbook Air or even your average PC laptop and after only two weeks mine has developed some annoying creaks and gaps that need to be frequently re-snapped and make the whole unit feel generally fragile.

    Compared to the Toshiba Thrive the software and hardware are outstanding. The slim profile lets it slip into smaller bags and even a few pockets. It is light and extremely comfortable in my hands.

    The keyboard is extremely responsive and greatly improves the tablet experience. The dock release is solid and engages and disengages easily, but firmly. Unfortunately the keyboard toggles do not seem to use ICS standard functions and are not accessible when the dock is detached.

    The only design defect in my mind is the nonstandard power connector and the durability problems I'm experiencing.

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    • Design 10
    • Display 7
    • Camera(s) 7
    • Speakers 5
    • Performance 8
    • Software 8
    • Battery life 8
    • Ecosystem 6
    • Dock 6
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