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ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T Android tablet (preview)
- — 08 June, 2012 14:47
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Android tablet — the Eee Pad Transformer Prime — only launched in Australia in January but it's soon going to be superseded by a new and improved model.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.