Recently, we have seen much of ASUS in the news. First, it was reported that the company already made a bootloader unlock tool to have the bootloader of its ASUS Transformer Prime tablet to be unlocked. After the bootloader getting unlocked, the first custom ROM for the tablet surfaced. This time around, the company is once again in the headlines as it announced that the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the original ASUS Eee Pad Transformer has stated its OTA rollout today.
The announcement was made via the company’s official Facebook page and it was confirmed that the ICS update with firmware version v.18.104.22.168 is already rolling out. The ICS update will initially hit users of the ASUS Transformer TF101 in Taiwan while users from the rest of the world will get the notification “soon after” according to the announcement. We users in US shores have our fingers crossed though that we only have a couple of days to wait for our tablets to get their share of Ice Cream Sandwich for that matter.
Having been released in March of last year with the tablet shipping with Honeycomb for its operating system, the ASUS Transformer TF101 has been getting s steady stream of updates since then and the best part is that it is getting the update to ICS in just three months after the source code of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was released for public consumption. This feat gave AUS the fastest turnaround for an ICS update for a tablet and solidifies the company’s position as a manufacturer that is always in time when it comes to update love for its devices. Also, we have the full details of the specs sheet of the ASUS Transformer TF101 coming right up to keep you company while waiting for the notification to come up on your device.
The ASUS Transformer TF101 got its official announcement in January of last year but the tablet only made it to US shelves in April. It is a bulky and hefty device with its frame having measurements of 271 x 171 x 13 mm and it weighs in at 680 grams.
The ASUS Transformer TF101 relies on an NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 chipset to keep things in its circuitry moving along in a smooth manner. To keep it supplied with computing power, the tablet has a dual-core 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor to do that and the processor gets some support from the tablet’s 1GB of RAM. As for its storage capacity, the tablet was released in a 16Gb and a 32GB model with the option to have the internal memory of the device beefed up with the use of its memory expansion slot. The ASUS Transformer TF101 makes use of a 10.1-inch LED-backlit IPS panel for its display and it has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels while the shooting department of the tablet is composed of a rear-facing 5MP autofocus camera and a front-facing 1.2MP webcam.
Despite the fact that the ASUS Transformer TF101 is no longer a spring chicken, it can be expected to stay longer in circulation now that it finally got rejuvenated with its first taste of the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update.