Well, stone the crows. Looks like we could be seeing quad-core mobile processors this year after all.
Asus boss Jonney Shih has just lifted the lid on the Transformer Prime, the Kal El-wielding successor to the Eee Pad Transformer we spotted lurking on the other side of a YouTube link just yesterday.
We've all been calling it the Transformer 2, but true to form Asus has done the unexpected and labelled it the Transformer Prime – though for reasons unknown to us, we have to confess.
Shih dropped the four-core bombshell at the AsiaD conference in Hong Kong today, revealing the sleek new slate that when it's slotted into its dock looks pretty much exactly like a Zenbook ultra-portable.
There's no doubt that quad-core Kal El goodness from Nvidia is at the heart of the Transformer Prime's appeal, and it looks like Asus will be first past the post in getting a quad-core tablet out into the wild.
But equally impressive is its slinky 8.3mm profile, while the screen size measures 10in across, and ports include a mini-HDMI slot and a memory card slot. Battery life comes in at an impressive 14.5 hours.
It wasn't an official launch – that's scheduled to take place on November 9 – but it's certainly a fairly juicy reveal of what looks like a sure-fire winner.
It's not entirely clear which version of Android will be running on board, however. It'll largely depend on when the Transformer Prime actually launches. If it's soon after that November 9 unveiling then we're probably looking at Android Honeycomb, but if it's closer to Christmas or early in the new year there's every chance it could be packing some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness when it hits the streets.
Either way, Asus has confirmed that both the original Eee Pad Transformer and the Transformer Prime will get some tasty ICS action at some point, it's just a question of when.