Exclusive: ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity to sell for $899 in 'early July'

64GB Wi-Fi-only ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity will sell for for $899 with keyboard dock
The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T: available in Australia early next month for $899

The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T: available in Australia early next month for $899

ASUS has confirmed its flagship Android tablet for 2012, the Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T, will launch in Australia early next month. The tablet will come bundled with a keyboard dock and will retail for $899.

The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T is a follow-up to the company's Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet, which was released in Australia earlier this year. The Infinity is an almost identical tablet to its predecessor but boasts an improved screen and a higher resolution front camera.

The key feature of the Transformer Pad Infinity appears to be a 10.1in super IPS+ screen with an impressive 1920x1200 resolution. In comparison, almost all current 10in Android tablets use a 1280x800 resolution display panel.

ASUS will sell the Transformer Pad Infinity's keyboard dock as an optional accessory in other markets, but the company will bundle this with all Australian models of the device. The keyboard dock adds an extra six hours of battery life to the Infinity's stand-alone 10 hour battery life when connected, therefore producing a total battery life of up to 16 hours.

An ASUS spokesperson confirmed to PC World Australia that the company will sell the 64GB Wi-Fi-only version of the Transformer Pad Infinity in Australia from "early July". The 32GB model, slated for release in some other international markets, will not be sold Down Under.

ASUS also confirmed it will not launch a 3G model of the Transformer Pad Infinity in Australia, saying there are "no plans" for the 3G version "at this stage."

Globally, ASUS will sell 3G and 4G LTE models of the Transformer Pad Infinity. Both of these versions use a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait dual-core processor instead of the Tegra 3 quad-core chip that powers the Wi-Fi only model.

Australian models of the 64GB Wi-Fi-only ASUS Transformer Infinity TF700T will be available in "champagne gold" and "amethyst grey" colours.

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Comments

Gert

1

That's a lot of money!

Mark

2

no 32GB version???

J

3

It's too expensive. They need to sell it without the keyboard and cheaper than equivalent IPAD3. Android tablets can't compete on resolution or apps. They need to compete on price. I want a hires Android tablet but at $899 I will look elsewhere.

Bruce Wilson

4

With the keyboard and 64G I think this price is close to that of the ipad 3 comparably configured.

Ed

5

By deciding to sell it in just one configuration with a keyboard they are pricing themselves beyond what most people want to pay. And while a few of us like the freedom of Android, for most of the market, any logical and subjective comparisson of resolution, applications, productivity the IPAD is a better buy.

J

6

Many tablet buyers just want a tablet. If I need real productivity I will use my laptop. A 32GB Infinity without a dock for $600 would be reasonable if compared to the IPAD for value. I hope ASUS changes their mind in only offering one $900 option.

Arjun

7

The latest ipad indeed has a higher resolution but its not that far ahead to notice the difference between the two. Also considering the aspect ratio, Asus deliver true hd 16:9 aspect while Apple is a 4:3. Apple retails for around 649 to 800 at 64 gb and this retails for about the same with a fully functioning key board. I wanted to try and see how was the user experience so I purchased the TF300T version with keyboard with no regrets after using my wife's ipad2 the difference is night and day. Its almost as comfortable as using a laptop but the trackpad button is hard. So I connected an old Bluetooth mouse with a wireless USB receiver I had lying around and it works real well. I have a month to try this out by which time hopefully the 700 will be out and then I can exchange it for that lol

ifix

8

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iphone

9

Having read this I thought it was really informative.
I appreciate you taking the time and energy to put this information
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WT...?

12

What tha.....?? No 3G for Australia... probably a deal breaker for me :-( And I was so looking forward to not pandering to the mass Apple market like others.

Helen

13

Could someone please tell me the cons about this Infinity not having 3G or 4G.

James

14

This is srsly stupid I was really hoping to buy the 32gb wifi only with no dock!! How the hell is this going to compete with the iPad at that price point. Its marketing like this that shows why company's like Asus can't sell

J

15

I am guessing that ASUS is trying to position the Infinity as a "premium" tablet but I can't see how they can do this. The IPAD is the most commonly sold tablet. It is the "standard". As the Infinity cannot compete on resolution or apps it is "sub-standard" not premium. If Android tablets are to succeed we will need to start seeing some tablets with competitive specs at competitive prices.

J

16

I should rephrase. The Infinity comes close on resolution so from that perspective we can say it meets the standard. But it certainly cannot claim to be a premium tablet when the most commonly sold tablet has higher resolution. And in terms of apps it doesn't come close.

Giu

17

Why dual-core processors on the 3G versions instead of quads?
Regarding the 3G, I would never buy a tablet without 3G because in my opinion mobility and portability without connectivity is useless. I didn't find yet that country where you also have WiFi coverage where you do have 3G.
I have a TF101G and the 3G is worth 100% the extra money spent.
But, coming back to my question to ASUS? Why less computing power in the 3G version?

sorry

18

forgive me for my ignorance, but is it that hard in Australia to buy international models of mobiles/tablets without paying too much of a premium? I would imagine that once these are released in other markets, people on ebay, buy/sell forums etc would be selling them relatively close to retail price, no? With iPads and iPhones I get that there's a huge markup when the product is sold out with weeks before new stock will be coming, or unlocked/jailbroken etc. But for a stock product that's readily available shouldn't it be easy to get your hands on one to avoid the limitations of only having one configuration sold there?

I-Avoid

19

I am happy with the specs but its a bit expensive, i would have prefered a 3G option. I really dont want to buy Ipad with its limitations :( yes perhaps we might be able to buy it internationally and perhaps will be far cheaper like everything else bought from overseas markets, but you have next to no warranty if any so its a bit of a gamble.

J

20

The benchmarks on the dual core S4 chip are pretty good.

S

21

It's a shame no 3G option, but I will still buy it.
I am much happier with my Android phone and so I don't want to go with Apple.
I can use it with wifi at work.
Can it replace a laptop for simple things like web surfing and writing documents?

Julian

22

To those of you complaining of no 3G option - surely you have a smartphone with a data plan? If so, set up your phone as a wireless hotspot for your tablet. I do this all the time with my Transformer TF101. I'm looking forward to upgrading to the Infinity.

cuir

23

Really good article. That's exactly what I was looking for.

TabletBuyer

24

The price is insane! Asus doesn't even have good customer service. $900 for a table with a keyboard is too much. This is just an upgrade from their previous transformer prime that has GPS and Wifi problems. I would rather buy the Ipad. At least you can rely on the product and they have excellent good service.

S

25

@Julian,
Thanks, great idea. I will be doing just that.
To those who complain that Android has less apps than Apple: so what if Apple offers 20 zillion apps? Most of them are crap. Android has all the ones that matter, which I have found from using an Android phone. And better.

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26

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Stanley

27

Well, I have waited for TF700 since the release of iPad-3 just to have my options open. If this $899 only situation is real, I will go for iPad, NOT Asus TF700. No wonder why Apple has 75% of tablet markets, because others just refusing to learn. Don't get me wrong, I've been wanting an android Tab for long time. But it's just too stupid to opt TF700 over iPad-3: no choices? no sell!

TransDormer

28

I am reading this article and shake my head in disappointment. I have been waiting for release of infinity for quiet sometime but I will NOT pay this price. Granted that it is portable and better screen resolution,I would rather buy a conventional laptop for almost half the price. On the other hand, there are not enough applications to take advantage of high resolution display. No SELL!!

Deanna

29

I wonder why this price is so much more expensive than retail prices globally. Retail price in US is $599 and other countries are more or less the same after conversions. This should cost less than 600 aussie!

Matt

30

I am typing this on one of them and it is actually pretty good. I have an iPad 3 as well (both for work) and at first I thought the iPad would be hands down winner, but after a couple of hours I am not sure. If it was 3G I might just switch.

Ben

31

I guess its partially my fault. i was under the impression that the android based market was going to take it right to apple. i really wish they would fight harder. its got pretty much everything except the 3g 4g option. put a sim in and off you go, find a wi-fi hotspot and your sweet but if your on the move its not always that easy. yeh i could use my phone but its still not as good. please look into the addition of a 3g or 4g version of the transformer. But hey at the end of the day i hate apple cos i'm not just one of the flock!! so i more than likely will still get an asus transformer. I will just have to beat down on the smug ipad owners that knock me for not having 3g or 4g connectivity! bam did i just become a HATER??

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