Asus takes on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble’s Nook tablet by introducing a powerful Prime Mini tablet. The new Asus Prime Mini is backed with NVIDIA’s Tegra-3 Quad core chip with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Adding to that, Asus makes the deal sweeter by announcing the device at a much affordable price $249 (approx Rs.12,450/-) Standing as a tough contender, Asus Prime Mini comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display with 1200 x 800 pixels resolution. This device comes packed with 1GB of RAM and “all the features of Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime”, says Asus CEO Jerry Shen. Asus Prime Mini is expected to hit the markets in early Q2, 2012. Asus was the first player in industry to introduce Quad-core processor via tablets. Similarly they are second in launching an Android ICS powered tablet after Ainol NOVO7. Based on Jerry Shen’s statement, we were able to understand that the device comes a multi-touch input screen covered with Corning Gorilla Glass display. Prime Mini will handle a couple of shooters fixed (front and rear-side). Asus Prime Mini supports connectivity options like Bluetooth with EDR, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hotspot. Additionally, the device comes with USB 2.0 port and HDMI port for convenient data transferring and watching videos at bigger screen. The 2012 International CES will take place at Las Vegas from January 10-13 and there will be more of such announcements we can hear. As the day progress, we shall keep you updated with more details on the device.