ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T Android tablet (preview)

The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity brings a higher resolution screen to the Android tablet market

ASUS' flagship Android tablet — the Eee Pad Transformer Prime — only launched in Australia in January but it's soon going to be superseded by a new and improved model. The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity will launch in Australia in early July, boasting an improved screen as its best feature.

Apple's market leading iPad is widely recognised as having the best display of any tablet on the market. That appears to have come under heavy consideration at ASUS headquarters, as the key feature of the Transformer Pad Infinity is a 10.1in super IPS+ screen with an impressive 1920x1200 resolution.

This resolution is likely to be an important milestone in the non-iPad tablet market. Up until now, almost all 10in Android tablets come with a resolution of 1280x800. The Transformer Pad Infinity's much higher resolution gives it a pixels per inch (ppi) rating of 224ppi, only slightly behind the new iPad's 264ppi. This should mean crisper and sharper text and higher levels of detail.

The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime had widely reported issues with Wi-Fi and GPS performance, so much so that ASUS was forced to release a separate GPS dongle to combat the issue. It claims to have completely eliminated this problem on the Transformer Pad Infinity despite boasting a similar design. The TF700T measures just 8.5mm thick and is constructed from an attractive, "spun finished" aluminium.

An upgraded front camera is the only other major improvement over the Transformer Prime. ASUS says the Transformer Pad Infinity's 2-megapixel front camera enables "HD video chat", which should work well for third-party video based applications like Skype and Tango. The 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash remains identical.

The Transformer Infinity once again comes with a detachable keyboard dock, which ASUS will bundle standard with Australian models. ASUS says the Infinity is good for up to 10 hours of battery life as a stand alone tablet and up to an impressive 16 hours if the keyboard dock (with built-in battery) is connected. That's the same battery life as ASUS' cheaper Transformer Tab TF300T but slightly less than the Transformer Prime, which offered 12 hours and 18 hours, respectively.

The Wi-Fi-only version of the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity is powered by an NVIDIA 1.6GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor. Globally, ASUS will sell a 3G model and a 4G LTE model, both which use the 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait dual-core processor instead of the Tegra 3 chip. However, these models won't be available in Australia.

ASUS has confirmed it will sell the 64GB Wi-Fi-only version of the Transformer Pad Infinity in Australia from "early July". It will be available in "champagne gold" and "amethyst grey" colours and will include the keyboard dock for an RRP of $899.

The 32GB model, slated for release in some other international markets, will not be sold in Australia.

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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9 Comments

J

1

Its too expensive. They need to sell it without the keyboard and for less than the equivalent IPAD 3. Android tablets cant beat the IPAD on resolution and dont have anywhere near the same number of tablet optimized Apps. I want a HiRes Android Tablet but at $899 I will look elsewhere.

>:(

2

as long as the trasnfomer prime price drops to a reasonable price then the $899 price is justified as it can be seen as a "higher" end tablet while the prime could be the ipad competitor

joe

3

That's cheaper than the new iPad if the dock wasn't included. If you're looking for a high resolution tablet that's actually practical... this is it. You're going to pay a premium for it, there's no way around it.

J

4

The prime is not an IPAD competitor. It has half the resolution and can't compete on apps. The TF700 is a better match for the IPAD but cannot be considered to be a premium tablet when it has lower resolution and fewer apps than the standard IPAD. The two most important parameters for a tablet are the screen and the apps. The IPAD beats both the prime and the infinity on both. A 32GB Infinity without a keyboard for $600 would be reasonable if we compare value with the IPAD.

S

5

I will be buying this as soon as it hits the shops.
I've been waiting for a high end Android tablet and I don't want an ipad.
Who cares if Apple has 100 zillion apps? Most are rubbish.
Android has all the important ones you need.I use an Android phone and my iPhone friends are jealous.

Goel

6

Just bought one...
32Go + Wifi Only + Keyboard = 599€... I said "if it is below 600€, I take it 'eyes closed'"...
So I bought it ! Wait now mid of July to receive it (in France)

Roger

7

I will be buying the ACER A700 as it offers high res at close to half the price. Asus Australia's decision to offer only one $900 configuration for the Infinity is very disappointing.

J

8

Asus are positioning the Infinity at a premium price point when it just approaches what the market considers to be the current standard in terms of specification. There will always be a few "enthusiasts" prepared to throw away their money but that's not true of the general market. The market will look more objectively at pricing.

kirk

9

The apps are so much better for apple i use android asus tablet so i like it better but if they want to put up a real fight with apple the GAMES HAVE GOT TO GET BETTER when you get an ipad you can get every game in the appstore with android certain ones dont have this game or the game why i dont know need to be universal please i want to play 9mm or modern combat 3 on my tablet please

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