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.

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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.