Last Updated: August 2nd, 2012

Adding to the heap of Transformer Prime mania, ASUS has revealed to us the official release date for one of the most hotly anticipated Android tablets to date.

ASUS tells us that the Transformer Prime, (the world's first Tegra 3 tablet), should be available starting December 19th in North America (the previous estimate of December 12th has been ruled out, in an update from ASUS), with a rumored December 1st release date in Taiwan. European and Asian markets are expected to formally announce availability soon.  ASUS also mentioned a 3G model headed for the US, but did not specify a release date just yet.

Just in case you've forgotten, here are the Prime's magnificent specs one more time:

  • NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-Core Processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB or 64GB Internal Storage
  • 8MP Rear Camera with 1.2MP Up Front
  • 10.1" LED Backlit IPS+ display at 1280x800
  • Android 3.2 to be Updated to 4.0
  • MicroSD Slot
  • Micro HDMI

As for pricing, the 32GB model will be available for $499, while the 64GB version will cost you a cool $599.

While the release date may not be quite as soon as many would have hoped, it's good to have a confirmed date, and the beastly Transformer Prime can be yours in no time at all. In the meantime, check out our hands-on look at the Transformer Prime, and sit tight for a full review.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://twitter.com/stetsonaw stetsonaw

    I thought Asus confirmed earlier today that the US was getting it on the 8th? Spokesman had it wrong?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, that report was full of crap.

    • Jetson

      On your recent visit to BestBuy.ca you pre-ordered the Asus Transformer Prime Tablet (Web ID: 10186527) and Keyboard Dock (Web ID:10186526). We’ve recently been informed by Asus that there are unexpected delays in receiving the products and as a result, are unable to ship them on the date originally planned. We’re sorry to be the bearer of this news; however, we will contact you as soon as we hear about the updated release date from Asus.

      Best Buy release date was Dec. 20

  • daniel

    Wow, how much are these things gonnna cost?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      $499/599 for 32/64GB.

    • Tyler C

      $499 for the 32GB
      $599 for the 64GB
      $149 for the keyboard dock

      Still ultimately cheaper than an iPad lol

  • monkiekitty

    Hey I was a good girl this year.... can I get one now?!

  • Ismael

    I should have known better than to get my hopes up with that other report. Ugh. Still...at now I can start the countdown.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    The 3G model was also specifically mentioned, but they are not announcing availability just yet.

  • http://androidtidbits.com AndroidTidBits

    I just hope the tablet would make it on time for the last minute Christmas shopping.

  • JD

    Are they still expecting ICS by the end of the year? Seems like a short amount of time from release to update. Hopefully it just ships with ICS... One can dream.

  • http://simproduction.com andrew121

    Look at the amazon page:
    You have 1GB of RAM posted, they have 2GB?

    EDIT: Seems like an error on amazon because official ASUS site has 1GB.

    • http://simproduction.com andrew121

      I guess they figured it out...

  • bradfordstl

    Placed my order with BB about an hour ago... ship date shows as 12/18 for the tab, but 12/31 for the dock. yuk.

  • Edward

    Is this thing available with Wi-Fi?

    • Optimus

      According to this article, as well as the actual Asus Website.... Yes. ;-)

  • Richie

    First trip to the US and am leaving end of Jan 2012. So not sure how the market works. Will a product like this be sold out by then? Cos it will be too expensive in Europe when I get home. So can I just ignore the shopping frenzy in Dec and buy it in Jan, do prices go up/ drop then?

  • barry

    heheh, Asus fooled you all. I've been told by Amazon that the release date has been pushed forward to Jan 31 2012

    • scott

      Amazon want you to think that so you'll buy their Kindle Fire.

  • chiggy

    I planning to buy this tablet but the delays are a bit frustrating.. the difference between Apple and everyone else is Apple delivers as expected.. they hit their dates with quality product.. Asus still has not learned from their first release

  • http://www.ellerbestyle.com Ellerbestyle

    I don't know why they don't make a 16gig version and make it a little cheaper. At 32 or 64 there is not need for a sd card slot.