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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.

  • Microgoliath
    Pretty decent though it won't sell extremely well since it doesn't have a bitten fruit on it.

    Such a shame.
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  • frozonic
    MicroGoliathPretty decent though it won't sell extremely well since it doesn't have a bitten fruit on it. Such a shame.thats it. i am TIRED of the apple hate in this site, why the fu*k cant you accept that apple products are good, in fact, they are great, they are very simple but at the same time usefull and EXCLUSIVE, thats why so many people want them, apple ecosystem is awesome, everything connects together, the quality of their products is A+, the screen on their devices are way beyond any android has to offer, i am not saying android is bad, in fact i have a galaxy s2 just because the size of the screen and my horrible eyesight. There is a reason why apple sell things like hotcakes, and thats because their products are great, and weather you like it or not is going to stay like that for a long time
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  • egidem
    MicroGoliathPretty decent though it won't sell extremely well since it doesn't have a bitten fruit on it. Such a shame.
    The one with a bitten fruit on it can sell as many as it wants, I absolutely don't give a damn. I know there are better tablets out there from manufacturers willing to push the limits in the name of innovation; while the bitten fruit one's company pa(trolls) around looking for targets in their next lawsuit.
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  • elcentral
    quad core 7" quad core 7" go ASUS!!!!!!!
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  • Camikazi
    frozonicthats it. i am TIRED of the apple hate in this site, why the fu*k cant you accept that apple products are good, in fact, they are great, they are very simple but at the same time usefull and EXCLUSIVE, thats why so many people want them, apple ecosystem is awesome, everything connects together, the quality of their products is A+, the screen on their devices are way beyond any android has to offer, i am not saying android is bad, in fact i have a galaxy s2 just because the size of the screen and my horrible eyesight. There is a reason why apple sell things like hotcakes, and thats because their products are great, and weather you like it or not is going to stay like that for a long timeUmm I didn't see any Apple hate there, he was just making a statement, one that has a lot of truth in it. Overreacting much?
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  • egidem
    frozonicthats it. i am TIRED of the apple hate in this site, why the fu*k cant you accept that apple products are good, in fact, they are great, they are very simple but at the same time usefull and EXCLUSIVE, thats why so many people want them, apple ecosystem is awesome, everything connects together, the quality of their products is A+, the screen on their devices are way beyond any android has to offer, i am not saying android is bad, in fact i have a galaxy s2 just because the size of the screen and my horrible eyesight. There is a reason why apple sell things like hotcakes, and thats because their products are great, and weather you like it or not is going to stay like that for a long time
    Oh please!

    Let's get things straight. Apple is very good at taking an already existing product/concept, tweak it a little, put it in a prettier case, jack up the price for the sake of higher profit margins, then call it magical/revolutionary. Apple then goes ahead and convinces millions to buy/re-buy the product. People are then fooled into believing that the high prices are justified by the "fact" that Apple is the only best. I know of people who believe that Apple invented the touch screen phone or the tablet.

    Apple's ecosystem is anything BUT awesome. It's a walled garden that I wouldn't want to live in. There's nothing worse than having you locked inside a constraining environment, limiting you from so many features available in the phone you rightfully purchased. Can't officially look under the hood and tweak the iOS because Apple doesn't like that. It took Apple years to come up with simple concepts like multitasking, folders or even the brain dead idea of customizing wallpapers. Then when they finally played catchup, they declared these features revolutionary! I recently decided to design and program my own home launcher for my android phone. Why? Because I can. Because android's ecosystem is that awesome and easily lets me do such stuff.

    If their ecosystem is so awesome, why do millions rejoice every time someone releases a highly anticipated jailbreak for their iDevices? What does that tell you about those people's intentions towards the default environment provided by Apple?? What does it also tell you about Apple's confidence when they're currently on a suing spree just for the sake of eliminating competition and doing everything necessary to halt innovation and pursue their goals towards monopolizing the mobile market?
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  • frozonic
    CamikaziUmm I didn't see any Apple hate there, he was just making a statement, one that has a lot of truth in it. Overreacting much?I agree, maybe i overreacted but its not that statement that pissed me off, it was every "statement" about apple in the pased couple of months and pisses me off, i am not a apple fan boy but i accept their products are good, maybe overpriced but they are worth it.
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  • freggo
    "maybe overpriced but they are worth it"

    Well, what is it. OVERpriced or priced RIGHT (i.e. worth that price) ?

    :-)

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  • Camikazi
    frozonicI agree, maybe i overreacted but its not that statement that pissed me off, it was every "statement" about apple in the pased couple of months and pisses me off, i am not a apple fan boy but i accept their products are good, maybe overpriced but they are worth it.Overpriced by definition means not worth it, if they are worth it then they are priced accordingly if they are overpriced it means you are not getting enough compared to what you pay.
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