We’re close. Last month, we said that this month would be when we’d see the Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2 hit store shelves. Well, it’s not quite here yet, but we’ve learned that it has a new name: the Eee Pad Transformer Prime.

Since the Nexus Prime got rechristened as the Galaxy Nexus, it’s only fair that something with Android takes on the “Prime” moniker, right? The main features remain largely unchanged from when we heard about the official successor to the first Eee Pad Transformer. This means it will get the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core processor and while it looks like it’ll ship with Honeycomb, that’s not to say that Ice Cream Sandwich won’t be ported over at some point in the near future.

The teaser photos of the Eee Pad Transformer Prime seem to indicate that this second-gen Android tablet will be thinner than the first and it will still have a keyboard dock as an optional accessory. We’re also hearing that it’ll be available in your choice of Amethyst Grey (a purplish grey) or Champagne Gold (a goldish silver). Sexy. I want it. Too bad the price and official launch date are both still TBA.

UPDATE: Here are some confirmed specs by way of Jonney Shih. It’ll ship with Tegra3 and Honeycomb, along with a 8.3mm thick chassis, oleophobic-coated aluminum, Gorilla Glass, 10.1-inch 1280×800 Super IPS+ display, 1GB RAM, 32GB/64GB storage, 8MP backlight-illuminated CMOS camera, 1.3MP front camera, microSD, HDMI-out, GPS, gyroscope, SonicMaster audio profiles, 12 hour battery, and a new keyboard dock for an extra 6 hours. Pricing is set for $499 and $599 with US shipments commencing in December.

Source: Tweaktown and MobileSyrup

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