The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime has been officially announced alongside Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor
The new 10.1-inch convertible tablet is the first hardware to feature Nvidia's new quad-core chip and, ike the original Transformer, there is also a keyboard dock.
The chassis is all aluminium. There will be two colours, gold and grey, and the Prime is available in either 32 or 64GB variants - a step up from the original 16 and 32GB.
The new 8.3mm thick tablet will ship with Android 3.2 Honeycomb rather than the newer Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. As with the US, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime UK release date appears to be December. Expect pricing to ape the iPad 2.
Although the Transformer Prime isn't shipping with Android 4.0, Asus is at pains to stress that it is completely upgradeable to the new OS when Google ships it for tablets.
The Transformer Prime is thinner than the iPad 2, which is 8.8mm thick. At 586g in weight it's not far off Samsung's ultra-slim Galaxy Tab 10.1, which weighs 565g.
There's an 8MP rear camera with LED flash, plus a 1.2MP front unit. The tablet sticks with the 1GB of RAM we've seen inside many of the existing Honeycomb tabs.
The display resolution is the same as the original Transformer - 1,280 x 800, while Asus has tried to up the display ante with a new display tech it calls Super IPS+ - apparently it's super bright, but we'll have to wait and see if it can compete with Samsung's Super AMOLED Plus tech.
Asus has also coated the screen with anoleophobic fingerprint resistant coating - similar to the iPad and iPad 2.
Google is bracing itself for severe competition on the tablet front from Microsoft, who will be launching Windows 8 tablets in 2012.
On its website Asus said "our latest offering is faster, stronger, slimmer, and of course, sexier. We strived to break free from the normal constraints of a device through constant innovation, and the result is the Eee Pad Transformer Prime."