While nowadays Tegra 2 slates are the standard in speed and power, in just a couple of months we will have on our hands several tablets powered by the new and snappy Tegra 3 chipset.
The Asus Transformer Prime, HTC Quattro, Lenovo LePad K2 and Acer Iconia A700 are the first devices officially announced to feature the new processor and in the following lines we will take a quick look at everything we know about the four in terms of technical details, design and pricing.
Asus Transformer Prime
Even though it was initially expected to hit the market this December, the Prime will almost definitely be available for sale starting next January or February. The Transformer Prime will be the evolved version of the current Eee Pad Transformer and will come with the same hybrid-like attributes.
Combining a laptop’s functionality with a tablet’s design, the Prime is set to be extremely thin and slim, being therefore able to go head-to-head with an ultrabook, as well. While in terms of build and functionality the Prime might be a winner, as far as raw power is concerned, the 10-incher from Asus is not exactly groundbreaking.
The 1.3 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor should be pretty snappy, but other than that, the tablet will only feature 1 GB of RAM and will sport a display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution. That should be enough to overcome pretty much all the tablets released in 2010 or 2011, but it should actually be too little to compare the Prime with the other three tablets that we are going to discuss in the following.
You should also know that the Transformer Prime is set to run on the same old Android Honeycomb OS, which will be another important downside in comparison with the three tablets from HTC, Lenovo and Acer.
For more details about the upcoming Asus Transformer Prime, check out this post as well, detailing all its tech specs and features.
The Flyer is the only important HTC player on today’s tablet market and, to be honest, the 7-incher didn’t perform as well as it was expected, mostly due to its high price. Things could change, however, for the Taiwanese manufacturer as soon as next March, when the Quattro is due to be officially released.
The 10-incher will feature a Tegra 3 chipset, 1 GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, dual cameras (a 2 MPx rear-facing shooter and a 1.3 MPx front-facing one) and will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. While the Quattro should be an important progress for HTC, being their first tablet to be powered by a Tegra processor and their first to run Android 4.0, this slate is once again not extremely innovative, being only slightly better than today’s tablets.
In terms of design, things look pretty good as well, with the Quattro being set to impress with its thinness and lightweight, but all in all this tablet, like the Prime, should be more of an intermediary device for the really groundbreaking machines of late 2012. As for the pricing, this is still kept under wraps, but if we were to speculate, we would think something in the range of 500 dollars.
Lenovo LePad K2
With a still unknown name (LePad K2 is just a rumored ‘’title’’) and a couple of other details kept secret, Lenovo’s future tablet will probably not hit the market before next spring, but when it’ll come, it should make quite an impact.
The LePad K2 will feature a Tegra 3 processor overclocked to 1.6 GHz and it will also come with 2 GB of RAM, being therefore much snappier and stronger than either the Transformer Prime or the HTC Quattro.
The screen should also be more capable, with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, while the operating system is of course set to be Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. No news yet about the tablet’s pricing, but we can definitely say that it will be more expensive than both the Prime and the Quattro.
Acer Iconia A700
Last, but not least, we have the next Acer Iconia tablet, which could be called A700. This will be powered by a 1.3 GHz Tegra 3 processor and is set to be the thinnest and most compact of all four slates.
Sporting a Full HD 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution 10-inch screen, the A700 might be available as soon as next February or March. We’re still not sure about most of this slate’s features and specs, though we suspect it to feature 2 GB of RAM and to run Android 4.0.
While there are still a lot of things that need to be straightened out about the Asus Transformer Prime, HTC Quattro, Lenovo LePad K2 and Acer Iconia A700 before their release, one thing is sure nevertheless. All four tablets look great on paper and they should all be real contenders for the title of strongest slate in the first part of 2012.
In the second part, however, we might see a couple of devices running Android 5.0 and featuring even snappier Cortex A15 or Krait processors, so be prepared for yet another ‘’revolution’’ in just a few months!
And to end the article on a ”sweet” note, we have for you a video unboxing and first look at the Asus Transformer Prime. Enjoy!