While it’s no secret that the processing power required to run Google’s latest Ice Cream Sandwich update may be a little too much to handle for older Android devices, there is one that doesn’t even feel it.
That’s because it’s the first device to feature NVIDIA’s new quad-core Tegra 3 processor, and it makes light work of the fancy features found in Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as 1080p high profile video playback, and a quad-core optimized version of the game Riptide GP.
I am, of course, talking about the Asus Transformer Prime. Asus and NVIDIA have been working together to deliver the latest version of Android to the upcoming tablet, and it’s going very well, according to NVIDIA’s Bruce Chan:
Google has done a great job on ICS and has made the platform open to the ecosystem and easy to develop on. Thanks to Google’s developer support, NVIDIA’s experienced software team was able to work with ASUS to quickly bring up Android 4.0 ICS on the Transformer Prime.
Recorded on November 16, only two short days after the source code for ICS was made publicly available, the video below shows the next-gen Android OS user interface looking clean and snappy on the Transformer Prime. This is just a sneak peak of things to come for the first Tegra 3-powered Android tablet.
This is just an early demo, but we think you’ll agree it’s extremely impressive that so much is already working well.
I wasn’t all that fussed about quad-core tablets — given that the dual-core processor in my iPad 2 seems like plenty of power for me — but having watched this clip I am very interested in the Transformer Prime.
Are you looking forward to it?