ASUS UK Offers An Extension On The Transformer Prime and Says Their New 700 Series Device Is Arriving In June

The Transformer Prime news is still quite a buzz around the interwebs even though there are quite a number of buggy issues still going on with the device.  For instance, we’ve seen a number of issues on several devices regarding WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth connectivity.  However, the newly Tegra 3 empowered monster recently received the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update and for the most part it’s gone smooth.  In addition to the Transformer Prime, CES 2012 revealed the addition of a new 700 series being added to the ASUS lineup.  If you haven’t caught our CES coverage of the device you can check it out here.  The TF700 is actually quite impressive touting a 1920 x 1200 HD display with crisp color and contrast throughout its User Interface.  Asus UK has stated that both devices are in line for decent warranty updates as well.  The original Prime will be receiving a warranty update from 12 to 18 months for those currently in possession of one.  In addition, if you’re not completely happy with the way the GPS performance has been, Asus says they’ll take it back for a full refund with no questions asked.

The 700 series also dubbed the “Prime HD” has a redesigned rear panel that’s said to improve the overall functionality of the WiFi and GPS radios and will go for just around $100 bucks more than the current price of the Prime.  No ultimate release date has been provided by Asus but it looks like it’s geared for a Q2 (possibly June) launch or as Asus likes to put it, “coming soon”.   As for an official US release date, stay tuned as we dig a little deeper on that for you.  For now, check out our hands-on with the 700 series from CES 2012 and get your salivation on.

Tranformer Prime 700 Series Hands-On Video from CES 2012

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Hands on with the Asus Memo 370T at CES (Video)

CES 2012 has been an insane trip down technology lane and Asus has made a great presence here with its most recent lineup.  And joining the Asus Memo 171 is the Asus Memo 370T model, the first 7-inch tab to utilize an IPS display.  The device runs Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 and should launch around May sometime.  It will be available for $250 and offers the new Tegra 3 quad-core CPU.  Check out the quick hands-on video and don’t forget to check out the rest of our CES coverage here if you’ve missed any of it.

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Got Root? The ASUS Transformer Prime Does Now

Fast on the heels of the Asus Transformer Prime announcing its bootloader unlocked tool, the device is now also capable of being rooted.  Thanks to Asus finally listening to the masses, they are making available a new root tool to give you all Superuser access.  And thanks to the viperMod Prime Tool, only available for Windows (.exe file) at this time, the impossible has now been made possible. Ok, so maybe it wasn’t impossible as much as it was annoying, but nevertheless, we’ve got root!  However, on a side note, recall that Asus has an ICS update coming this month for the device, so you may want to reconsider rooting the device just now until the update occurs.  Whichever route you take, feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.
[via RootzWiki]

Asus Announces Prime Bootloader Unlocking Tool, Ice Cream Sandwich to Come January 12th

It’s a joyous week for folks, as we have voiced our complaints about certain tactics used by big name technology companies and that they listened to the little guy. As you know, Verizon redacted their $2 convenience fee a few days after they announced it. Well Asus is following suit after folks voiced their complaints about a locked bootloader on the Transformer Prime. Today they released their official response to these complaints we told you about yesterday. You can hit the break to read the full press release but here is a bit of it:

“Regarding the bootloader, the reason we chose to lock it is due to content providers’ requirement for DRM client devices to be as secure as possible. ASUS supports Google DRM in order to provide users with a high quality video rental experience. Also, based on our experience, users who choose to root their devices risk breaking the system completely. However, we know there is demand in the modding community to have an unlocked bootloader. Therefore, ASUS is developing an unlock tool for that community. Please do note that if you choose to unlock your device, the ASUS warranty will be void, and Google video rental will also be unavailable because the device will be no longer protected by security mechanism.”

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Asus Transformer Prime Revealed to Have Locked Bootloader, Users Complain of GPS Issues

For those of you that are still waiting for your Transformer Prime to ship you may be a little more reluctant on signing for your package when it arrives. Folks and users who were able to successfully get their hands on this fancy new Tegra 3, quad-core device are starting to report issues pertaining to the device’s GPS. Asus’ official take is for you to turn on WiFi for extra location assistance, however a few folks smell what could be a coverup as Asus pulled previous mention of a GPS feature on the tablet from their official site. While the Prime was updated to fix some bugs, those customer complaints weren’t addressed and there is no telling when they will be. This is interesting news considering the WiFi issues it was rumored to have that also the the supposed reason the tablet was rumored to be delayed. Read more

Asus Transformer Prime Coming To Italy End of January Instead But Will Have Android 4.0 On Board

Well, as expected, the Asus Transformer Prime has been slightly delayed for Italians everywhere per Asus’s official Facebook page .  Sorry folks, you won’t be able to purchase one as a gift for Christmas however, you’ll be able to reel one in as an after New Year’s present.  The Transformer Prime has been delayed until after the holiday season and should be available sometime by the end of January.  The company also has plans to release a 3G version of the monster quad-core tablet in addition to a WiFi version.  One slight morsel of info that should assist in the long drawn out wait is the fact that the company touts the device will hit the market running with Android 4.0 (ICS) on board.  So, as it was once thought that the device was delayed due to WiFi issues, it seems that plans for an OS update was more like it.  But don’t worry for those of you in the U.S of A. as our version of the device is still slated for release during the week of December 19th.  Feel free to drop a word or two in the comments section below.

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Asus Transformer Prime Gets A Video Walk-through, Shows Off Hardware And Software

If you’re not sick and tired of hearing about the most anticipated tablet of the year, then you might want to check out the video demo of the Asus Transformer Prime below.  The Transformer Prime touts Nvidia’s new Tegra 3 chip set and comes packed with a slim as hell keyboard.  Check out the hardware as the review gets close and personal with a detailed walk around on the hardware and a sweat tour of the software.  Note how smooth the home screen is despite the busy live wallpaper going on in the back ground, courtesy of the doings of a quad-core CPU.  According to the gentlemen reviewing the device, this is pre-production software and hardware.  The device is currently running Android 3.2.1 Honeycomb, not ICS.  However, if you want to see the device running ICS, head here.  Again, nothing new with this particular version of Honeycomb but the video will give you a nice run down of the hardware for the ultimate appeasement.  So, until December some time when this monster is unleashed, these videos will just have to suffice.  Feel free to let us know what you think of the device in the comments below.  Enjoy the video.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet Receives Hardware Upgrade, Now Capable of Worldwide 3G Connectivity

This morning, Lenovo announced that they will now offer its ThinkPad tablets with the Qualcomm Gobi 3000 chipset, allowing for connectivity on any network in the world via GSM and CDMA. You will still need to have a data plan provisioned by the carrier in the area that you want service, but at least you can be a jet setter without switching between multiple devices. The following quote pretty much sums it up, but if you want to read the whole press release, join us after the jump.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet will now offer Qualcomm’s Gobi™ 3000 technology, making it the first Android tablet that gives enterprise customers a single mobile platform for use throughout the world. The new offering eliminates the need to change hardware to support different carriers or mobile connectivity standards from region to region. With Gobi 3000 technology, ThinkPad Tablet users can easily connect to any major US carrier and stay connected with global roaming support when business brings them overseas.

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Asus Delays Transformer Prime to December, ICS on Board

For all of you Asus Transformer fans we have some good and bad news for you. The November 9th launch date for the Transformer Prime has been pushed back to sometime in December. Yes, this is a bummer dudes. I too was looking forward to some NVIDIA quad-core tablet goodness sometime this month.

But, on the other hand, the good news is that apparently Google is willing to help Asus in preparing the tablet so that it ships with ICS on board at launch. That’s cool, right?! We will just have to wait it out for about another month because you know the big G wants their Galaxy Nexus to be the first to arrive on scene rocking the new Android 4.o operating system. And by the way things have been lately, we all should be used to this waiting game by now… or at least expect it.

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Barnes & Noble has a “Very Special Announcement” Next Week

We now have some further proof to yesterday’s post about Barnes & Noble releasing a new color Nook eBook. B & N has sent out press invites requesting attendance for a “very special announcement” that includes breakfast as well. I sure hope they have a huge venue!

Most likely the announcement will be the Nook 2 and its proposed November 7th launch. Oh, and don’t forget that B & N is adding a new “Nook Boutique” within stores to help bolster the in-store hands-on Nook experience.

All this and just a week before the Kindle Fire starts shipping to people’s doorstep. What do you think, does Amazon have some stiff competition heading their way?