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[Update: Now Available For Pre-Order From Other Retailers] Official ASUS Transformer Prime Site Goes Live, Pops Up On Amazon For Pre-Order

Update: Looks like it's now available for pre-order from several other retailers in the US and Canada, including Best Buy, TigerDirect, B&H, and GameStop. Go here for more info.

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We've been talking about it for a couple of weeks now and have even seen some nice hands-on action and a video, but, finally, the official site went live for for the ASUS Transformer Prime last night. In case your memory is failing you, here's a quick refresher on this sexy beast of a tablet:

  • 8.3mm thick
  • Weighs 86g 
  • NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Quad-core CPU
  • Android™ 3.2 Honeycomb (4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Upgradable)
  • Full QWERTY keyboard with touchpad and USB port, while also extending the battery to 18 hours when combined with the mobile dock
  • Ultra-wide 178⁰ viewing angle and ultra bright Super IPS+ panel protected by scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass
  • MicroSD Card Reader
  • Micro HDMI port
  • 8MP rear auto-focus camera with LED flash and back-illuminated CMOS sensor

And here is that video of it running Ice Cream Sandwich:

You can check the official site for the full workup of in-depth features and specs, of which there are a lot, as well as check out some sexy pictures of the new tablet.

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[Deal Alert] Pre-Order The Photon 4G From Wirefly For Just $180

The upcoming Motorola Photon 4G for the Sprint network has been made available for pre-order on Wirefly. While a ship date isn't listed, we know the Photon is being released on the 31st - meaning you can probably expect to receive yours on or a little before that date, if you opt for overnight shipping. $180 will get you on the list for the Photon, but you'll have to be a new Sprint customer to swing that deal.

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The Photon 4G is basically a reworked version of the Motorola ATRIX 4G, with a larger display and access to Sprint's WiMAX network.

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WiFi-Only Motorola XOOM Will Be Available At Costco March 27 (Sunday) For $599

Great news for those of you holding out for that WiFi-only XOOM of your dreams: Costco has moved up its availability date for the LTE-less version of the tablet from April 1 to this coming Sunday, March 27. So if you walk into your local Costco this weekend, presumably the WiFi XOOM will be there to greet you for the reasonable price of $599.99.

But, if you order online, you'll get a couple of perks (even if it does mean you won't be getting your XOOM on Sunday). Namely, $10 off ($589.99), a free gel skin case, and free shipping. If you can't wait, you can pay $10 more at your brick and mortar location this weekend and let your XOOM go case-less.

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HTC Flyer Tablet Launching Mid-April In UK, Clove Taking Pre-Orders For £500

While there are certainly tablets on the way that are more anticipated than the Flyer, HTC's 7" slate is coming nonetheless - and now we know when. It will launch "mid April," according to UK site Clove, which is now taking pre-orders for the tablet. Accessories that will be available for purchase along with your flyer include a spare digital stylus (£40), a Micro USB to HDMI cable (£24), and a car charger (£17).

Previous rumors suggested the stylus-toting tablet would set one back $600 in the US, and the £500 price point Clove has set totals out to £600 after VAT, so take what you will from that.

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Samsung Intercept Now Available For Pre-Order, Launching This Weekend?

Is Samsung’s Epic 4G (otherwise known as the Galaxy S Pro) too hot for you to handle? Not to worry, because the Samsung Intercept is up for pre-order right now from Sprint’s EVP site for discount customers at just $99.99 after rebate on a 2 year contract.

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According to the page, the ‘regular’ price of the Intercept is shown at $349.99, although it’s not been confirmed what the actual price will be for customers buying the phone in store. This may not be huge news for the average consumer wanting to get their hands on the device, but we also know some extra technical specs thanks to the site.

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Editorial: Palm, Inc Now For Sale. Will HTC Buy Palm For Patents, To Port Pre To Android, Or Both?

Palm Is For Sale

According to Bloomberg, one of the top financial news sources in the world, Palm has hired an investment banking giant Goldman Sachs to arrange a sale of the company, at least according to 3 people familiar with the situation (read: anonymous informants/insiders).

HTC and Lenovo are listed as potential bidders in a bidding that may happen as early as this week. Dell is also mentioned but said to have passed on making an offer.

Palm has been in financial trouble for years after its PDA and smartphone products had been overtaken by competition. The Pre, released on June 6 2009, was touted to be the silver bullet that would pull the company out of bankruptcy.

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Android Usage Skyrockets Across The Board In February 2010 - Apple, RIM, Palm, Nokia Fall

We've looked through all the boring stuff and pulled out the interesting highlights (you all like highlights, don't you?).

The Highlights

Here are the highlights that we've cherry picked out of it for you (the data is year-over-year where applicable):

  • AdMob currently serves over 15,000 mobile websites and applications and has received 14.1 billion (!) requests worldwide in the last year
  • The number of smartphones went up 13% from 35% to 48%
  • Smartphone traffic overall went up 193% (data transferred, number of requests)
  • Non-smartphone phones share went down 23% from 58% to 35% (yup, soon everyone is going to have an PreiDroidberry of sorts)
  • Android was the fastest growing operating system, up 22% from 2% to 24% (!!!)
  • The top 5 Android devices by traffic were:
    • Motorola Droid
    • HTC Dream (G1)
    • HTC Hero
    • HTC Magic (MyTouch 3G)
    • Motorola CLIQ
  • Among the number of requests from smartphones, all non-Android devices posted a decline while all Android ones were up (except for the G1, which was the first generation Android and doesn't really count).
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MOTO Labs Team Hires C-3PO To Perform Screen Accuracy Tests. iPhone, N1, Eris Best; Droid, Pre, Storm 2 Worst

The Finger Test

For example, in January they tested the screens on 4 flagship mobile phones by swiping a finger across the screen in a drawing app and recording the resulting patterns, complete with photos and a video.

The phones in the first test were:

  • Apple iPhone
  • HTC Droid Eris
  • Motorola Droid
  • Google Nexus One

The iPhone won with the straightest lines (no surprise here - the iPhone screen feels like butter), Eris and N1 were *kind of* accurate and the Motorola Droid was the most inaccurate.

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