More Than Meets The Eye With The Asus Transformer Pad
Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com
Introduced at this year´s Consumer Electronics Show back in January as the Asus Transformer Prime TF700T, the convertible tablet was rebranded the Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 and will finally hit store shelves in July. While the reasons for the name change, which occurred during the winter, Mobile World Congress has not fully explained. It could be do to the fact that the Prime might not have been fully ready for “prime time.”
The Infinity features the same basic form factor and design of the company´s other convertible tablets — and is fully compatible with the Transformer Dock that was marketed with the Prime — the new model utilizes a bit less aluminum in the casing. Instead of the all-aluminum body, this new model will reportedly offer a plastic strip to house the device´s 8megapixel camera. This is believed to address the Prime´s GPS issues, and the move from the full metal body may solve locating problems.
The Infinity will also likely prove that Prime no longer has the “prime” hardware for those looking for a portable transformable tablet. The Infinity will offer a 10.1-inch 1,900 x 1,200 Super IPS+ display that will reportedly offer a pixel density of 224ppi. Inside the aluminum and plastic chassis is a Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU, which will be clocked at 1.6GHz with two to four cores active and up to 1.7GHz in single-core operations, compared to the 1.3GHz and 1.4GHz on the Prime.
The Infinity TF700 will further offer 1G of DDR3 RAM running at 1.6GHz and will be available in either 16GB or 32GB storage sizes. It will feature 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth 3.0+EDR. Reportedly an LTE version is in the works, which will likely utilize dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 SoC.
Port and connection placement have been adjusted slightly, and these include the Micro-HDMI output, microSD card slot, headphone jack, microphone and reset pinholes. The changes are subtle but those upgrading may have to retrain themselves according to some accounts. The Infinity is also slightly thicker — 0.33 inch thick compared to the Prime´s 0.32 inch thickness. Most of this really shouldn´t be noticeable to most users however. It will weigh in at just 1.31 pounds, making it a very light option as well.
The Infinity TF700 is the second Asus tablet to come preinstalled with the Android 4.0.3. OS, and registered users can gain access to the Asus MyCloud with 8GB of free cloud-based storage at Asus WebStorage for the lifetime of the tablet. This also will reportedly provide remote access to the desktop of a PC or Mac with connections to the @Vibe online music and radio service.
The convertible tablet will also offer App Backup for any installed application to the device´s internal storage or microSD card. This allows users to reset the table without losing apps or data. There will also be an App-Locker that lets users password-protect any app on the tablet, which can be used to prevent others from opening or launching protect apps. The tablet will offer features to type but also “write” notes with fingers via the touchscreen. Users can further draw graphs and take pictures or video right from the interface.
The tablet will also feature a gyroscope and accelerometer, which should come in quite handy for apps and games.
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 will be available July 16 for $499 for the 32GB model and $599 for the 64GB version. The keyboard dock will be available separately for $149. Asus had not announced pricing or availability for the LTE version at press time.