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Smaller Eee Pad Transformer Prime in the offing?

Asus could be set to release a smaller version of the popular Eee Pad Transformer Prime.

As if the Eee Pad Transformer Prime was not small enough, Asus is said to be planning to unveil an even smaller version at the International Consumer Electronics Show 2012.

The standard model consists of a stand-alone tablet device with a 10.1-inch screen, which is LED backlist and has a resolution of 1,280 x 800. The transformation comes in when the tablet docks with a keyboard to become a notebook.

It is already the slimmest device on the market at just 8.3mm, but Asus has decided it can go smaller. The new version, known as the Prime Mini will have a seven-inch screen, so naturally the keyboard dock will also have to shrink.

Details on the internal specification are unclear, but it is sure to use the much-heralded Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, a quad-core chipset which is said to dramatically improve both performance and battery life.

Asus may choose to sacrifice some of the 64GB storage available on the standard model, however.

Those who have already snapped up the standard Eee Pad Transformer Prime also received some good news this week, with Asus confirming that users will get an upgrade to Android's new operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich, on January 12th.

Asus says the upgrade will "improve the focus of the camera, the fluidity of the touch experience, and the APK capabilities in Android Market".

Furthermore, the company will also be releasing an unlock tool to allow modification of the Prime, such as the addition of custom ROMs.

Meanwhile, the company is also facing a court case with toy manufacturer Hasbro, creator of the popular Transformers franchise.

Hasbro says it warned Asus against using the Transformer name, while also claiming that the marketing for the device borrows heavily from the stories.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801255398-ADNFCR