Quad-core processors—that’s four independent units—have been common to home computers for a while now, but have yet to power our tablets and smartphones. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime will finally be the first tablet to break that barrier when it drops in December.

Powered by NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor, the Transformer Prime will also run Android’s new Ice Cream Sandwich OS and house at least 32GB of space. All of which comes in a package slightly thinner and lighter than the iPad, despite a larger, 10.1-inch Gorilla Glass screen. And because it’s a Transformer, it can also connect to a keyboard dock.

So there you have it: with the tablet priced at $500 for the 32GB model and $600 for the 64GB, another $150 for the keyboard dock will get you the world’s most powerful tablet and a pretty decent netbook, too.

[via Gizmodo]