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Android Ice Cream Sandwich on Asus Transformer Prime [Video]

November 22, 2011 | 11:41 am

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The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime may or may not end up being the first tablet sold in stores running Google's Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but it is the first tablet we've seen running the new operating system.

And based on the video demo below, first reported on by GigaOm, it looks pretty good.

The video — made by Nvidia, producer of the Transformer Prime's quad-core Tegra 3 processor — takes the unreleased 10.1-inch tablet through the apps and widgets menus in Ice Cream Sandwich, playback of high-definition video and a few seconds of a game app with some impressive water effects.

Of course, we won't judge Ice Cream Sandwich or the Transformer Prime until we can get our hands on them, but the video does look promising.

Ice Cream Sandwich is the first version of Android that was designed from the start for both tablets as well as smartphones, and there is quiet a bit of anticipation for the OS, which is expected to debut soon on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

The Transformer Prime will ship with Android Honeycomb, Google's first operating system built specifically for tablets. An upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich is planned for sometime after the model's launch.

The new tablet's display will have a high-definition resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, one gigabyte of RAM, an eight-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, a microSD card slot for added storage and an HDMI port for connecting the tablet to an HDTV.

Asus, based in Taiwan, has said the Transformer Prime will hit stores in early December — the company has given no specific date — and start at $499 with 32 gigabytes of built-in storage and $599 for a 64-gigabyte model.


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Image: A screen shot of a video produced by Nvidia showing Google's Android Ice cream Sandwich software on an Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet. Credit: Nvidia / YouTube