Is it a tablet? Is it a notebook? No, it’s the transformer prime TF201. Probably inspired from the amazing robot Optimus Prime of the blockbuster movie series Transformers, this gadget gets you the best of both worlds.
We all saw it coming, didn’t we? A convertible tablet cum laptop and this one does it in style. Powered by the android OS ice cream sandwich(ICS) it is a slender, sleek and ultra portable device when used as a tablet. It effortlessly transforms into a notebook when you need those extra battery hours, additional ports or the keyboard.
It sports an aluminum chassis with tapered edges and feels sturdy to hold and carry in both forms. The face is a 10.1 inch super IPS+LCD screen packing in a cool 1280×800 pixel resolution. This results in a bright, colour rich, crisp display and can be considered among the top.
There’s a 8 megapixel camera on board that is quite effective in snapping clean high quality images. Specifications that is cloaked under the hood is also impressive. It has a quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 giving you a smooth and lag free usage while you navigate through the impressive GUI powered by ICS. No extra bloatware and unnecessary add ons hamper the performance of the device which is quite satisfying. Once you are in a comfortable inside you can now afford to bring in the big brother by attaching the full keyboard. It’s a standard one with some android specific keys. There’s a USB port, an SR card reader and an increase in battery life by four hours. But don’t worry. Even in its new avatar it’s supremely thin and easily portable. The docking station makes it a super choice for productivity obsessed power users.
The minor headaches include an average sound and an absence of 3G. I am sure a 3G version is soon to follow. But apart from these extremely minor problems its really an amazing device that’s quite promising and makes a strong statement.
Specifications Of The Device:
|Operating System||AndroidTM 4.0 *1|
|Display||10.1″ LED Backlight WXGA (1280×800) Screen
10 finger multi-touch support
Corning® Gorilla® Glass
|CPU||NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Quad-core CPU|
|Storage||32GB /64GB *2 EMMC + 8G life time ASUS Webstorage space *3|
|Wireless Data Network||WLAN 802.11 firstname.lastname@example.orgGHz
|Camera||1.2 MP Front Camera
8 MP Rear Camera
Auto focus (rear) with flash
Large F2.4 aperture. (rear camera)
High Quality Mic
1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
1 x micro HDMI
1 x Micro SD Card Reader
1 x USB2.0 port
1 x SD Card Reader
|Sensor||G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass|
|Battery||12 hours; 25Wh Li-polymer Battery *4
18 hours pad with dock; 25Wh(pad) + 22Wh(dock) Li-polymer Battery*4
|Dimensions||263 x 180.8 x 8.3 mm|
|Mobile Dock||Dock only:
Dimensions: 263 x 180.8 x 8~10.4mm
Pad with dock:
Dimensions: 263 x 180.8 x 17~19.4mm
|Note||*1: AndroidTM 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgradable
*2: May vary by SKU and country.
*3: Please visit www.asuswebstorage.com for more details.
*4: Battery life tested under power saving mode, playing 720p video playback, Brightness:60nits, default volume with headphones.