Want even more proof that the quad-core processor inside the Transformer Prime is the long-awaited Tegra 3? The guys from Wireless Goodness spotted a full teardown from a recent FCC filing that confirms NVIDIA will provide the processor for ASUS’s next flagship Android tablet. Not many official hardware details have leaked out, but ASUS plans to announce the device on November 9th and we expect it to go on sale within the coming weeks.

Also found in the Transformer Prime teardown pics were several other chips from different companies. Wireless Goodness spied NAND memory from Hynix, SDRAM from Elpida, wireless capabilities by an Azurewave chip, and GPS functionality is provided by Broadcom. I’m sure there are some more hidden new features based on all the chip numbers, so hit up the source link if you are a nerd and want to dig around.

Looking at the high-end Android tablet market, there are not many other products to get excited about before Christmas. Motorola will most likely roll out their Xoom 2 and Toshiba has their upcoming thin tablet, but those are both powered by the dual-core OMAP4. That chip has the early advantage of being the first platform to support Android 4.0, but ASUS has already said that they will update their products to the latest version of Android by the end of this year. If that’s the case, then I’d rather go with the cinco-core processor for the improved battery life and better graphics.

For those that can afford the rumored $ 499 price tag, the ASUS Transformer Prime appears to be the best tablet coming out this year.


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