ASUS has been hard at work on the successor to the company's first foray into the Android tablet market, the ASUS Transformer.

Transformer Prime

The Transformer's yet-to-be-officially-named sequel (Update: The name turned out to be... Transformer Prime) was shown off today by ASUS chairman Johnny Shih - and boy, is this thing thin. ASUS's next Android tablet will be a mere 8.3mm in profile and stick with the 10.1-inch screen form factor. Of course, it will have the detachable plug-in keyboard that made the Transformer a unique product in the marketplace. It will also have a next-generation NVIDIA quad-core "Kal-El" Tegra 3 processor, as had been expected.

Update: Here is the video. Jump to around 6:10 to catch a glimpse of the Transformer Prime in all of its sleek, sexy glory.

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ICS On Existing Tablets

Update: ASUS is already teasing ICS for the Transformer via its Twitter account. And now we wait.

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Shih also spoke about the company's existing products, and said that consumers could possibly expect Ice Cream Sandwich on the company's existing Honeycomb tablets by the end of the year, though that statement was definitely a qualified one - not a concrete promise.


Finally, the Shih revealed that the Padfone, ASUS's combination phone-tablet-dock-thing is scheduled for a first quarter release next year, pending approval by carriers and US wireless certification from the FCC.

Check out the transcript of Walt Mossberg's interview over at AllThingsD.