As promised, ASUS has released a bootloader unlocking tool for the Transformer Prime. The tool is packaged in an APK that can be downloaded from the company’s website. Once downloaded and installed, the Transformer Prime will have the ability to run custom ROMS, however ASUS warns that unlocking your bootloader will void your warranty.
“Once you activate the [unlock app] you will not be able to recover your ASUS product (“Original Product”) back to original locked conditions,” ASUS stated. “You also acknowledge ASUS does not guarantee service satisfaction to any Revised Product, including events involving paid service requested by you to be performed to the Revised Product.”
ASUS has been making a killing in the tablet market as of late with their Eee Pad Transformer and later the NVIDIA Tegra 3 touting Transformer Prime – both of which have the ability to essentially turn into a full fledged laptop. This feature alone has seemingly been enough to differentiate both of the Transformer tablets from the rest of the Android powered devices on the market.
However, while it’s likely that they will release a next generation Transformer tablet at some point in the future they have another unique creation to show us that we’ve heard quite a bit about. This device is, of course, the Padfone which, as you can see from the above picture, is basically a smartphone powered tablet. From what little we know, to power the tablet you slide your smartphone into the above compartment, snap it shut and it should boot up just as any other tablet. Presumably, you should also be able to make calls from said tablet once the smartphone is secured in place.
While we’ve been hearing about this device for what seems like months, it seems that it is ready to be unveiled yet again. According ot recent reports ASUS will take center stage at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress to show off the device. The announcement is apparently set to go down on February 27th so be sure to check back for our full coverage.