Every time Google releases a new version of its Google mobile operating system, it can always be expected that manufacturers are sure to follow with announcement after announcement as to which of the devices in their respective lineups will get upgraded to the latest Android version. With Google already unveiling Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, we already saw HTC take center stage when it confirmed that several of its high-end devices are getting the jump to the latest iteration of the Android mobile operating system.
ASUS, not wanting to be outdone, followed suit and made an announcement of its own. Looking back, ASUS is considered as one of the manufacturers considered to be always timely in the release of updates for its product line and with the arrival of Jelly Bean in the scene, the manufacturer is again at the forefront of the tablet competition when it came to releasing the tablets in its lineup that will get the Android 4.1 refresh.
And when ASUS finally released its Jelly Bean list, the manufacturer confirmed that the ASUS Transformer Prime will be among the first of its products to get upgraded to Jelly Bean. In addition to the tablet, the original ASUS Transformer Pad along with the newer ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity is also scheduled to get the update. As usual, no ETA was provided by the manufacturer as to when exactly owners of these tablets can expect the update but knowing ASUS, it wouldn’t take much time for the updates to reach these devices. Furthermore, the manufacturer also confirmed that the update will hit the airwaves in the coming months.
On the other hand, the manufacturer also announced that it is still looking into the possibility of unleashing Jelly Bean on some of its older devices but is not in a position as of the moment to confirm if any of these older products will indeed get the update. As for the ASUS Transformer Prime, it has the distinction of being the first tablet in the world to come with a very powerful quad-core processor under the hood. What HTC basically did in the smartphone competition with the HTC One X, ASUS matched when it released the ASUS Transformer Prime. For the uninitiated, the ASUS Transformer Prime can be connected to a keyboard dock that transforms the whole package into a netbook – hence, the moniker Transformer.
Under the hood, the ASUS Transformer Prime packs an NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz and a full gigabyte of RAM. The tablet was made available in a 32GB and 64GB in terms of storage capacity with the option to have it expanded using the tablet’s microSD card slot. Display-wise, the ASUS Transformer Prime packs a Super IPS+ LCD panel with a 1280 x 800 resolution while its camera department equips the slate with a rear-facing 8MP shooter capable of 1080p recording and a front-facing 1.2MP video chat and self-portrait snapper.