High demand for Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet expected by Asustek CEO

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The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime in closed laptop mode with dock. Image: AllThingsD

Asustek Computer Inc. CEO, Jerry Shen, expects his company will be able to ship 1.8 million tablets by the end of 2011 thanks to strong fourth quarter demand for the new Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet. Shen states that his company, which has shipped 1.2 million tablets as of the end of Q3 2011, will ship 600,000 units in the fourth quarter of 2011 thanks to the Transformer Prime.

Asustek will be unveiling, and presumably launching, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Android tablet on November 9th, 2011. The Transformer Prime will be the first tablet to ship with a quad-core processing chip and compared to the first-gen. Transformer will introduce a new thin and sleek design.

Purported features for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet and dock:

  • Android 3.x Honeycomb
  • Brushed aluminum design for tablet and dock
  • 10.1? IPS 1280 x 800 display
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3 Kal-El quad-core processing chip
  • 8.9mm thick design (for tablet)
  • USB and mini-HDMI ports, and microSD card slot on tablet
  • Front camera and rear camera with LED flash
  • The keyboard dock has full QWERTY set-up with special hot-keys for Android OS, there is a touchpad, and the dock includes ports and an extra battery that work with the tablet.
  • 14-hour battery life with dock

We’ve already seen some leaked photographs for the Asus Eee pad Transformer Prime with it’s compatible docking station, see the full set of photos here.

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The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime docked looks like an Asus ultra-portable laptop.

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