Asus said on Monday that its new Transformer Pad Infinity tablet (TF700) is heading to the United States in the week of July 16, costing $499 for the 32 GB version and $599 for the 64 GB version. And like the other Asus Transformer tablets, the keyboard/dock accessory will cost an additional $149.
Asus claims the TF700 is the world's first Full HD Android tablet, as it sports a Full HD 1920 x 1200 Super IPS+ display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2. The display offers a 16:10 aspect ratio and a 178-degree viewing angle, and is backed by Nvidia's 1.6 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 T33 4-PLUS-1 SoC which also contains a 12-core GeForce GPU.
"The Transformer Pad Infinity features the gorgeous metallic spun finish that characterizes the ASUS Zen philosophy first unveiled with the Zenbook and Transformer Pad Prime, and comes in two stylish colors: Amethyst Gray and Champagne Gold," the company said. "Thanks to the forged aluminum construction, the Transformer Pad Infinity is just 8.5mm thin and weighs only 598g, meaning it can easily be carried around all day."
When combined with the Mobile Dock, the Transformer Pad Infinity "transforms" into a makeshift ultrabook, extending the battery life up to 14 hours and providing a full-blown QWERTY keyboard with multi-touch touchpad. The tablet comes with either 32 GB or 64 GB of local storage, but there's also a USB port and an SD card slot for expanding the capacity along with 8 GB of free storage on Asus WebStorage for life.
As for other specs, the tablet will arrive with a rear-facing 8MP camera sporting a large F/2.2 aperture, 5-element lens, back-illuminated CMOS sensor. It supports touch-to-focus capabilities, shallow depth of field, low light noise reduction, a wide 75-degree angle of view (28-mm equivalent focal length), and Full HD 1080p video recording at 30fps. There's also a 2MP front-facing camera for video calling via Skype or other Android-based clients.
"Running the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity offers unrivaled performance and flexibility with advanced multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens and deep interactivity," Asus said. "Combining this with the blisteringly fast Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, Full HD Super IPS+ display, the ultra-slim design and beautiful metallic spun finish makes the Transformer Pad Infinity the perfect mobile entertainment companion."
Additional specs include Wi-Fi connectivity, 1 GB of DDR3 RAM, a 25Wh battery (the dock has an additional 19.5Wh battery) and Bluetooth 3.0. There's also SonicMaster Sound technology, tuned by the Asus Golden Ear team, which features a combination of "advanced hardware and software designed to deliver immersive and lifelike audio."