Asus' quad-core Transformer Prime tablet arrives on Dec. 8

Black Friday's come and gone, and most people walked away with a heavily discounted tablet, but the best has yet to come. The first quad-core tablet powered by Nvidia's powerful Tegra 3 system on a chip is coming into retail next week.

Originally expected to be released this month, the Transformer Prime isn't only the first quad-core tablet that will be available, but it'll be the first tablet to be capable of running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (It'll ship with Android 3.2 Honeycomb).

The 10.1-inch tablet features a 1280x800 resolution screen made out of Gorilla Glass, 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel with LED flash rear/1.2-megapixel front cameras, a microSD slot and a mini-HDMI port.

Battery is rated to be at 12 hours. Shoppers should be aware that the Transformer Prime will not be available with either 3G or 4G configurations. The Transformer Prime is strictly a Wi-Fi-only device.

Capacity options come in either 32GB or 64GB for $500 and $600, respectively.

An optional keyboard can also be purchased for $150 to transform the tablet into a Zenbook-feeling device (that metallic-spun back feels really good).

So grab your credit cards again, because many retails in North America are already accepting pre-orders for a Dec. 8 street date. How many of you are returning your Kindle Fires or iPads? Any takers for the Transformer Prime?

Newegg and Ritchie's Room, via Digital Trends

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