GameStop first to show off Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet

The boutique retailer will let customers in select stores try out the Android-based tablet before it goes on sale on December 19.

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, docked to an optional keyboard for use as a laptop.
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, docked to an optional keyboard for use as a laptop. Josh Miller/CNET

Want to try out the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime before it launches later this month? GameStop has your back.

The boutique game retailer said today that it will be allowing customers at select stores nationwide to go hands-on with the Android-based device starting this weekend. The company didn't say where the Transformer Prime will be on display, but did point out that it's the first retailer to bring the device to the public.

The Eee Pad Transformer Prime is the first tablet to launch with the new quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, which promises an improved mobile-gaming experience over its predecessor, the Tegra 2.

But it gets better. The Tegra 3 also includes built-in support for streaming game content to a TV. Gamers can then play the game with an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 controller. By the end of 2011, about 40 games that take advantage of the Tegra 3's advanced features will be available.

But the Eee Pad Transformer Prime is catching the attention of consumers for more than just its gaming capabilities. The device will ship with both a front- and rear-facing camera and include 1080p video recording. For an additional $150, the device can be docked in a keyboard accessory and used as a standard laptop.

To sweeten the pot a bit, GameStop is bundling the video game Shadowgun and the Kongregate Arcade App in all the Transformer Primes it sells.

The Eee Pad Transformer Prime is shipping December 19. The 32GB model will cost $499 and the 64GB option will set you back $599.


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