Four cores. And it feels so good.

The first product to ship with Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core mobile chipset is upon us, and if first impressions tell the truth, it’s a dandy. Asus’ Eee Pad Transformer Prime picks up where the original Transformer left off with a refined and slimmed down body and twice the cores inside. Just 0.32 inch (8.3 mm) and tipping the scales at a scant 1.29 pounds (586 grams), Transformer Prime is both thinner and lighter than Apple’s iPad 2 and packs a bigger punch than its Android rival, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Those extra cores make a difference, too – Prime is the fastest, smoothest Honeycomb tablet I’ve ever seen or laid hands on. Even while we wait for the promised Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) upgrade, Android 3.2 flies along on Transformer Prime with speed that reminds me of iOS on an iPad 2. Prime’s 10″ Super IPS display seems custom-made for watching HD video (though it’s still a fingerprint magnet), and the device as a whole just feels better than the first Transformer.

But why take my word for it when you can look with your own eyes? Hit Play on the video above for my first impressions of the Tegra 3 powered Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet, and stay tuned for much more, including a full review of Prime, in the days ahead.

In the meantime, sound off in the comments below: Are you ready for a Quad-core upgrade?

Read all our Transformer Prime coverage here.

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