$999 Transformer Pad Infinity finally gets Aussie release date

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity to go on sale Down Under on Wednesday 8 August

The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity will officially be released in Australia on Tuesday 7 August and will retail for $999

The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity will officially be released in Australia on Tuesday 7 August and will retail for $999

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.

Is $999 too much for the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity? Will you be buying one on 8 August? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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25 Comments

Tracey

1

DEFINITELY NOT!!!
Even though I sold my other tablet earlier in the year and have been WAITING, WAITING, WAITING
$999 is just toooooo rich for me. True technophobes might drop that sort of money.
Perhaps tablet only at dockless price of around $600-$650 yes, but I will now research other products. THe Huwaei looks good value for money. YES, not the same quality, but damn sight cheaper. OR an Ipad (ARRRGGHHH)

Darren Thompson

2

The price is high but that is not my issue.
I already own a prime (with keyboard) so do not require the keyboard dock (again).

In theory, not having to buy the dock again would make the price a much more reasonable $849 for the higher res and more memory model.

Sadly, $999.00 is just too high for me at the moment.

Arthur

3

Its not worth $1000. Our American friends get the same hardware for $750. How do Asus justify fleecing Australians with this pricing ? And why are they forcing Australians to buy a dock. If I wanted a keyboard I would buy a laptop. Asus are treating Australians with contempt with this pricing and we should not reward them by handing over our cash like mugs. I have bought a lot of Asus computer gear in the last 10 years but no more - they have lost me as a customer.

Mike

4

I want a tablet not a netbook, the dock should be optional. For that price I rather get an Ipad which is cheaper and has 3g/4g. This is not end well.

Mike

5

This will not end well*

Yourmate

6

The US also have much lower wages p.a.
Perhaps that's why everything else is cheaper there as well!
It's still to expensive for what it is though!

aznfratboy

7

@ Arthur
In the US, they also have to add sales tax to that $750, not to mention that it is cheaper to ship from wherever Asus manufactures to US than it is to Aus.

We also pay our staff at our electronic retailers far more than our American counterparts.

@ Mike
I honestly feel you Mike. I'm not an Apple fan in any way shape or form on the best of my days, but I'd much rather buy the new iPad rather than the Infinity based on price. But then again, you can't expect much more from an Asian...

Dave

8

I was thinking about buying a TF300 as a first pad which I could pass on to my mum after the Windows Surface arrives. But I really like the Prime, and now there's a new Asus tablet out?

Sadly $1000 is too much for a tablet, especially when it's going to have to compete with the Surface. So I won't be buying an Infinity. I think the Surface with Windows 8 is going to be a game-changer myself, but time will tell.

David

9

Heading off to the US on the week of August 7. Ordered 32GB version online for $499 for delivery to a friend there. No sales tax, no delivery fee. Worst part of living in Australia is getting raped on prices.

Asus will offer 32GB based on demand for a $1000 android laptop?!? Sounds like a crappy plan to me.

Ross Catanzariti

10

Hi all, just a quick update on the release date. It is Wednesday 8th August, not Tuesday 7th August.

ASUS told us yesterday it was the 7th August, but sent a clarification to us today admitting it made a mistake.

So, it will be on Aussie shelves Tuesday 8th August for $999.

Lee

11

In US, they only need to pay $599 for the tablet, $150 for the keyboard dock. I've ordered one 64G tablet already from US and it is on the way.
Asus really need to think about the price down here!!!Why I need to buy the same one in Australia. How could Australian market have a high demand under this ridiculous price!

Koms

12

Nope... the price has killed it. ASUS is getting this wrong!

Rob

13

This is an excellent tablet. The best Android product.
AU $ wise it's not that much more than the ipad 3, with the keyboard. Who cares. I'm happy to pay for quality.

JonD

14

Actually I just popped up a quick search on Amazon for 'Transformer Infinity'

Buying separately, keyboard and dock is $650 + tax

That is considerably cheaper than $999. I have a mate going over in late September, might get him to pick one up for me.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=transformer+infinity&rh=n%3A172282%2Ck%3Atransformer+infinity

BillT

15

You bet. Roll on August 8.

Niini

16

@aznfratboy. Maybe it's nothing to do Asus being an "asian...". It might just be the caucasian morons we have that run Asus Australia. I bought my Asus infinity for about AUD780 in Malaysia. I'm pretty sure it's cheaper in singapore. Good luck mate.

Niini

17

Mine was a 64gig with dock btw.

Bulldust

18

Bought my infinity for $524 including shipping from the US to Oz. Aussie retailers are the victims here. 64Gb grey no dock BTW.

Bulldust

19

Oops that was $624.

katmandu

20

Bulldust
Would you mind telling us where did you buy your Infinity in US ?
Cheers,

lucky den

21

Like many others I have been patiently awaiting release in Australia. I want to purchase an Android based unit because I feel Apple is too restrictive. But I also do not like to be felt ripped off by Asus. So at this stage they are both neck and neck and I am [reluctantly] leaning towards I Pad. I feel most disappointed.

Lennos

22

Wow, what is with the price tag for Aussie customers. Five minutes of google search and reading reviews from the US suggest $550 seems to be the ball park for this (without dock from what I can see). With exchange rates the way they are at the moment why would you bother buying from an Australian retailer. What is Asus doing, this is insanity. I may as well go and spend my cash on an iPad.

Fix the Aussie pricing Asus or these are going to sit on the shelves except for a couple of techno geeks who maybe cashed up.

Sonny Mcgauley

23

Hello, for all time i used to check blog posts here early in the morning, since i enjoy to find out more and more.

James

24

THIS IS SUPPOSE TO BE A TABLET NOT A NETBOOK/LAPTOP!!! IF I WANTED A LAP TOP I WOULD GO OUT AND BUY A LAP TOP. IF I WANTED TO BUY A MOBILE PHONE I WOULD NOT WANT TO BE SOLD A CORDLESS HOME PHONE-THIS IS RIDICULOUS!!!

chris

25

just get it on ebay. $500

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