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Asus Intros Transformer Pad Infinity Tablet Line, More

Thanks to a little bullying by Hasbro, Asus has re-branded its Transformer line of tablets to Transformer Pad starting with the revised Transformer Pad Prime (TF700T) as seen back in January at CES 2012, and the new Transformer Pad Infinity and Transformer Pad 300 series.

According to Asus, the new Transformer Pad Infinity series will be offered in three flavors: 4G LTE, 3G and Wi-Fi only. For the 4G LTE version, Asus opted for a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM 8960 Snapdragon S4 Krait SoC. This may be because Nvidia just announced last week that it's working with GCT Semiconductor and Renesas Mobile to add LTE support to its quad-core Tegra 3 SoC.

That said, it's presumed that Asus isn't waiting for the resulting integration, migrating to Team Qualcomm instead to release the product soon. Otherwise, Asus is using Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 SoC in the Wi-Fi only model and possibly in the 3G model as well.

Outside those two possible SoC differences, the Infinity line will feature a 2MP front-facing camera for HD video conferencing and a rear-facing 8MP with a large F2.2 aperture, 5-element lens and LED flash. Asus is also claiming "world's first" with this line, as it includes a 1920 x 1200 Full HD Super IPS+ 178° wide view display rated at 600 nits.

"Paired together with Asus SonicMaster technology and an incredible metallic spun finish, it is aimed at audio-visual enthusiasts looking for the ultimate in stylish mobile entertainment," Asus said during the show. "Additionally, next generation Corning Gorilla Glass 2 helps protect the screen with improved damage resistance and toughness for a worry-free, on the go device."

As for the updated Transformer Pad Prime, it will sport a front-facing 1.2MP camera for video conferencing and an 8MP rear-facing camera with auto-focus, LED flash, large F2.4 aperture, back illuminated CMOS sensor, touch-to-focus depth of field and low light noise reduction. It will also sport Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3, Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" right out of the box, a Super IPS+ screen rated at 600 nits, and a metallic spin concentric circle finish.

"It also features the Asus-exclusive SonicMaster technology, which is renowned for crisp and acoustically accurate audio," Asus said. "It produces crystal clear sound with a wide sound range, increased sound fidelity, and distinct vocal enhancements not found on any other tablet in the market."

Finally, the Transformer Pad 300 series will be targeted at the "young and trendy," arriving in blue, white and red models (sounds patriotic). Asus said the 4G LTE model will actually sport a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC as will the 3G and Wi-Fi models. Other features will include SonicMaster technology, a 1.2MP front-facing camera and an 8MP rear-facing camera with a large F2.2 aperture, 5-element lens allows for high quality images along with 1080p HD video recording.

So far there's no word on actual pricing and availability for all three tablet lines, so stay tuned.