We recently reviewed — and rather liked — the Asus Transformer Prime. It was the best Android tablet out there. Oh, until Asus dropped its new higher-end Transformer Prime, complete with a 1080p screen and improved back panel. Joy!
The newer Transformer Prime (model numberTF700T) does not replace the older one (model number TF201), it is just a snazzier version. It’ll cost you $US100 bucks more than its cuckolded little bro (so $US600/32GB version, $US700/64GB version). For people who use their tablets for consuming the hell out of some media, the 1080p screen may be worth the upgrade. Other than that it’s essentially the same as the one we reviewed. They are, however updating the back panel, because there have been many reports of people suffering poor Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and/or GPS reception through the Prime’s aluminium back panel. When this one launches in Q2, it’ll have Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.1) already onboard.
On the other end of the spectrum there’s the 7-inch MeMO tablet: also be available this year. It’s not terribly different from other 7-inch tablets we saw in 2011: 1280×800 resolution, 1.2GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor. At half an inch thick (12.7mm), it’s a bit thicker than the Transformer Prime (.4 inches/10.4 mm). Basically, it seems like a tablet that we would have excited about at last year’s CES. The only difference is that this will have Ice Cream Sandwich when it hits the market. The upshot is that it’ll be quite a bit cheaper than the Prime, but there’s no word yet on pricing or availability.