A number of users of the Asus Transformer Prime have revealed that the GPS receiver of the tablet was not working properly. This came after the tablet was released by Asus (TPE:2357) in the later part of last year. Asus later discovered that the reception for the GPS unit of the Asus Transformer Prime was hampered by the metal case of the device.
Due to this, the company released a dongle that would solve the GPS issue on the Asus Transformer Prime. The free dongle that the company released to users will increase the GPS signal of the device to a suitable level. The fact that Asus acknowledged the problem and provided the solution to the problem for free earned good marks from industry watchers.
However images showing the supposed dongle for the Asus Transformer Prime show that the device may be bigger than the regular size of a dongle.
The free dongle appears to be too bulky to be called a dongle and is plugged into the docking port of the Asus Transformer Prime. With the addition of the dongle, the size of the Asus Transformer Prime increase by around two inches. Using this accessory would also prevent users from charging the device since it is plugged into the docking/charging port of the Asus Transformer Prime.
However it should also be noted that the GPS feature of the Asus Transformer Prime may not be used by a good number of users and it does come for free.
The issue on the GPS of the device simply highlights the problems in manufacturing slim tablets and the design team of the Asus tablet may have been caught off-guard with the way the metal case affected the GPS signal of the tablet.
Reports have also indicated that this recent issue with the GPS feature of the Asus Transformer Prime may result to the use of plastic for future tablets that Asus will offer into the market.