It might not be a Black Friday sale, but Asus’ Eee Pad Transformer Prime is finally on available for pre-order today with a starting price of $499.
The Eee Pad Transformer is the first Android tablet to feature the brand-new Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU. Like the original Transformer, the Transformer Prime is a 10.1-inch tablet with an option keyboard dock. The tablet features 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear-facing camera that can shoot 1080p video, and a 1.2MP front-facing camera for video chat. The base model offers 32GB of storage, while the $599 model doubles storage to 64GB. Both models have a microSD slot to expand the storage space should you need it.
The Eee Pad Transformer will ship with Android 3.2 Honeycomb, but will see an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich before year’s end.
Currently the tablet is available for pre-order from Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, GameStop, and TigerDirect in the US. Canadians can pre-order the Eee Pad Transformer Prime from Future Shop or NCIX. None of the pre-orders include the option keyboard dock. The GameStop pre-order is the only one with an add-on: the tablet comes with a wireless game controller as well as some pre-installed games such as Dead Space, Sonic CD, and Monster Madness. The GameStop bundle comes out to $539.