It looks like those of us who are getting amped up for the release of ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer Prime have one more thing to look forward to – an awesome magnetic folding cover  which will attach to the Prime's aluminum frame and fold up to hold the tablet in portrait or landscape orientation, at a variety of angles.

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This cover is, no doubt, inspired by the popular cover Apple introduced with the iPad 2, but puts an interesting twist on the concept, adding a few folds, and giving the case the overall appearance of an origami sculpture. I'll be the first to admit that I am envious of the iPad's Smart Cover, and it looks like this will provide a great alternative for those who plan on picking up a Transformer Prime. Right now you can order the cover from Amazon.de for EUR 39.99. It isn't clear when the accessory will ship, since we aren't exactly sure when we'll see the Prime itself. One thing is certain, however – the Prime will have at least one seriously awesome accessory besides its keyboard dock at launch.

via eeepc.it

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  • Perry Ahern

    Interesting cover, but let's not give Apple credit that it's not due. Incase developed that cover concept for the original iPad. http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/03/apple-ipad-2-smart-cover-vs-incase-convertible-magazine-jacket/

  • http://fc1032.blogspot.com Brian

    OMG. That's smexy, I like it cause I'm into origami!

  • Rob

    I like it, but will the magnets interfere with the built in compass like they did with similar cases on the 1st gen Transformer? That's the real question. If you want to use your Transformer Prime for navigation, magnets probably aren't the best idea.

  • http://www.owentech.co.uk Tony

    Lets hope ASUS actually release it. They showed pictures of a desk dock for Transformer months ago, now say they're aren't releasing it

  • Tabby

    Didn't think that magnets worked on ALUMINUM!!!

  • Hugo

    Ordered it. Can't wait for the Prime. :)

  • Willy

    Hopefully my 32g Champagne Prime will arrive as expected on Dec 15th along with the keyboard. This transleeve looks interesting as well but only if we can get it here in Canada eh! Primed and ready to go.

  • http://dfjlsiejlfisejlfijs.com kevin

    it's good with 'Smart Cover' app : http://market.android.com/details?id=smart.cover

    Close cover, and Device automatically goes to sleep. Open cover, and Device instantly wakes up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

    With apple being all sue crazy against google, let us hope they dont sue whoever made this for including a screen cover with *gasp* magnets.