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You know what you need on a Tuesday morning? Some news about three of the most anticipated things coming out before the end of the year all wrapped into one video: the ASUS Transformer Prime, the Tegra 3 processor, and Ice Cream Sandwich.

After the release of the Ice Cream Sandwich source code, the guys at NVIDIA got together with the Prime crew from ASUS to get a build working on the Prime as quickly as possible. Once that was finished, they decided to shoot a nice teaser video to whet our appetites just a little bit more. Check it:

This is the first time that we've actually seen ICS running on a tablet, and it's already clear that it works very similar to Honeycomb. The overall functionality looks basically the same as current Honeycomb tablets, only more polished and, well, pretty. The Settings menu looks like it received a bit of an overhaul - again, something we expected.

The transition animations in the app/widget tray are very smooth and add just a touch of elegance while swiping between screens, and the homescreen incorporates the same drag-and-drop folder functionality that we saw that ICS event in Hong Kong a few weeks ago.

The multimedia and game aspects of this tablet are absolutely awesome - full 1080p playback without the slightest bit of lag or stutter. They also gave us a quick look at Riptide GP for the Tegra 3, showing off the enhanced water effects over the Tegra 2 version of the game.

While the video is indeed a bit short, it still gives us a nice look at what to expect from ICS on tablets - an improved interface, enhanced functionality, and bucketloads of awesome. I can't wait.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Dan

    The red box that appears when he selects some of the options was seen when HC was first uploaded and released as an SDK.. Why would it be acting like that on the tablet?

    • Dan

      And what the hell is 'Azooz'?

      • Ryuuie

        "Asoos" is the correct pronunciation of ASUS.

        • Dan

          Ha no way.. I've aways referred to them as 'ay-sus' - Even the Asus guy in Best Buy said the same thing last week!

        • ocdtrekkie

          Yeah, I know the correct pronunciation, but it's stupid, and I just say ay-sus too, because then people know what I'm talking about.

        • Freak4Dell

          If the videos that Asus has uploaded to YouTube and the videos of presentations by the Asus CEO are any indication, the correct pronunciation is ay-soos.

      • Ryuuie

        (For some stupid reason, I'm not allowed to reply to your reply to me, so I'm putting this here. :|)

        Best Buy isn't really, well, the best place for pronunciation on names. :P

        It looks like "AY-SUS" but the official pronunciation is "Asoos". According to Wikipedia (which isn't reliable either... :/), it's a...Chinese word for a Taiwanese company?

    • Dandmcd

      That's the debug mode for Android. ICS I'm sure is still being tested and built to work on the Prime, so they have the debug mode turned on which flashes that red box. I'm sure they kept the video short as I imagine there are still plenty of force closes and odd bugs they did not want us to see.

    • Flynny

      Its strict mode I think.. Google it

  • Ion

    If theyve got a [u] working build of ics in 3 days!!!! [/u] why must we wait 2 months for cyanogen & others devs??

    I think in 2 months ill be able to put our a build even if now I have 0 knowledge about it

    • http://www.romrepo.info TechJeeper

      Then do it! Perfection takes time and some devs choose to test more than others.

    • GergS

      Because major manufacturers have had their hands on the code for months most likely? There is a private code tree that Samsung/others get to peek at that CM/others don't.

      And they have access to driver code...

    • Skyler L

      If you look there are built versions of ICS you can use for some phones. I myself have flashed a version of ICS built from the soruce onto my Nexus S phone and it's running fairly well. It's not perfect, but it's a WIP.

      Cyanogen and other devs will want something more stable to release.

  • Darren

    Saving up for one of these! But I want one with a 3G/4G radio in it.

  • Jeff

    What do you all think about the Lenovo LePad K2? Is it hype? I had the Xoom and sold it on Ebay to get the Transformer Prime. The Transformer did really well for Asus and the updates were good. Lenovo's 1st Tablet there was not a lot of interest. So...I think the Android community will be more involved with the Transformer Prime vs Lenovo's Tablet even if the hardware is better.

  • davidtb

    Whatever it's called it's freakin sweet.
    Thanks AP for the article.
    Preorder @ Amazon

  • Sakuja

    It is "ay-sus".. "asoos" isn't even close to any asian language..

    whatever here's a proof:

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/17/how-to-pronounce-asus-video/

  • http://lol.com lol

    ARGH THE VIDEO WAS WWWAAYYY TOO SHORT !!!!! ITS LIKE EATING AN ICE CREAM SANDWICH AND ONLY EATING THE BOTTOM BIT !!!! AAARRRGGGG GIVE ME MORE !!!!!!!!!!

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