Transformer Prime and Tegra 3: A Match Made in Gaming Heaven

December 3, 2011, By George Lang

The “very first of its kind” does not happen in the world every day. When it does, it is time to stand up and take notice. DeviceMAG has been following the long-awaited introduction of the quad-core processor to the tablet PC—and it is about to happen!

Taiwanese computer manufacturer, ASUS, and California chip-maker, nVIDIA, have joined forces to bring you Transformer Prime, a tablet PC with the new Tegra 3, quad-core central processing package (CPP). The 40 nanometer chip was released November 9, 2011 and the Transformer Prime slate is due December 19, 2011 (Ramachandran).

ASUS Transformer Prime Tablet PC

The Prime is unique to the industry in several important ways. Aside from its quad-core processing architecture, it offers an optional and detachable keyboard dock. The built-in gyro controller and 10.1” Gorilla-Glass screen combine with its Super IPS+ display to give gamers a world-class visually-manipulative experience that easily improves on even the iPad 2 (SlashGear).

At the heart of the Prime is the Tegra 3 CPP, integrating parallel ARM Cortex-A9 CPUs with an Ultra-Low-Power (ULP) GeForce Graphics Processing Unit (GPU); providing “outstanding mobile 3D game playability and a visually engaging, highly responsive 3D user interface” (nVIDIA).

1080p HD movie resolution is wirelessly stream-able to your big-screen HDTV “without compromising battery life” (nVIDIA) via the Tegra 3 chip’s built-in 1080p Video Playback Processor.

Ok, so the name “Transformer Prime” is not-so eloquently reminiscent of some over-the-top Michael Bay movie. So long as we focus on what is inside the elegant radial-spun aluminum chassis and not what labels have been put on it, we can consider the $499 Android tablet a “once-in-a-lifetime” bargain.

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