ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih revealed the “next-generation Transformer tablet” at the AsiaD conference in Hong Kong this Wednesday. He did an informal unveiling of Asus’s next generation of Eee Pad Transformer tablet and it will be called Transformer Prime not Transformer 2.
Jonney affirmed that it’ll ship with a quad-core NVIDIA chip, 10-inch display, mini-HDMI port, a 14.5-hour battery, an SD card slot and a top lid that looks precisely like its Zenbook line. He also said that the company has great hopes for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and that tablets running the new software may be coming before the end of the year. The Transformer 2, according to Shih, will be formally announced on November 9th, and that the 10-inch slate will be a mere 8.3mm thin, it will most probably run on ICS, and come with nVIDIA Tegra 3 processor.
When asked about the Padfone, the dockable phone-tablet combo that Asus showed off in concept form months ago, Shih said that the company expects the phone to go through the carrier gauntlet for a Q1 2012 release, and yes, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will be onboard. Still no solid word on price or a global release schedule, but now that Android 4.0 is finally coming out.