We can’t help but feel a tad sorry for the Asus Transformer Prime. As the first quad-core Android beast to hit the market, the tablet community prepared to welcome the Asus Transformer Prime with open arms, but instead beat it with a giant stick.
There have been complaints about the locked bootloader and GPS performance, and Hasbro is suing Asus over the name. But there’s good news for a change, as Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) is coming real soon.
The Asus Transformer Prime was initially expected to land with Ice Cream Sandwich on board, but Asus ultimately decided to go ahead with Honeycomb (Android 3.2) with a promised update shortly after launch.
Well, it’s shortly after launch, and Asus has announced via its Facebook page that the Asus Transformer Prime will be served Ice Cream Sandwich OTA from January 12.
With regards to the locked bootloader, Asus explains: “we chose to lock it is due to content providers' requirement for DRM client devices to be as secure as possible”, but adds: “we know there is demand in the modding community to have an unlocked bootloader. Therefore, ASUS is developing an unlock tool for that community.”
All going well, the Asus Transformer Prime should land in the UK within a couple of weeks. Clove is asking for £499 for the 32GB model with keyboard.