ASUS has confirmed its flagship Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T Android tablet will finally release in Australia on Wednesday 8 August, after an invite was sent to the media this week for a tech briefing and hands on demo of the device.
After previously expecting the Transformer Pad Infinity to launch in July and then admitting the release date was "very up in the air", ASUS has now confirmed Australian consumers will be able to purchase the hotly anticipated tablet in early August.
"The official Transformer Pad Infinity retail release date is 8 August, so consumers can expect to be able to purchase from this date onwards," an ASUS spokesperson told PC World Australia.
In an invitation sent to Australian technology media earlier this week, ASUS confirmed it will hold small group demo sessions for the Transformer Pad Infinity on Tuesday 7 August, the day before the product officially goes on sale.
"You're invited to get hands on with the latest addition to the ASUS tablet family, the Transformer Pad Infinity," reads the invite. "Join us for a tech briefing, hands on demo and to get details of the first Full HD tablet in the Australian market."
The company's flagship Android tablet for 2012 was originally expected to hit Australian retail shelves earlier this month but was then delayed in early July due to issues with stock.
"If there are no more hiccups at factory level we are expecting the stock to arrive mid to late July to our distributors, then usually a week or two on shelf," an ASUS spokesperson confirmed to PC World Australia earlier this month.
While the Transformer Pad Infinity finally has an Aussie release date, the device will command a higher recommended retail price in Australia than initially expected. The Android tablet was set to retail for $899, but will now sell for $100 more than that at $999. This retail price includes the keyboard dock bundled into the sales package, an accessory that is sold as an add-on option in other markets around the world.
"Originally it [the price] was supposed to be $899 but this has changed to $999 for the 64GB with dock," the ASUS spokesperson explained at the time. "It will release with 64GB only, with the possibility of 32GB depending on market demand."
ASUS initially stated the 32GB model, slated for release in some other international markets, would not be sold Down Under at all.
Despite the delay and the higher price, ASUS still has no plans to launch a 3G model of the Transformer Pad Infinity in Australia. Globally, the company will sell 3G and 4G LTE models of the device. 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.
The Transformer Pad Infinity is a follow-up to the 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 is the 10.1in super IPS+ screen with an impressive 1920x1200 resolution. In comparison, almost all current 10in Android tablets use a 1280x800 resolution display panel.
The Infinity's included keyboard dock adds an extra six hours of battery life to the device's stand-alone 10 hour battery life when connected, therefore producing a total battery life of up to 16 hours.
The Transformer Pad Infinity will initially ship with the Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 version of Google's Android software platform, but ASUS has already confirmed it will be updated to the latest Jelly Bean 4.1 version "in the coming months".
“We are pleased to announce that we will be updating many of our tablet products to Android 4.1, Jelly Bean," the company announced on its Facebook page. The ASUS Transformer Pad, Transformer Pad Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity are all scheduled to receive an update to Jelly Bean in the coming months."
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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