ASUS Announces Transformer Pad Infinity
When ASUS put the spotlight on its convertible smartphone/tablet Padfone, it was just scraping the surface of the new devices it has ready for the MWC this year. In addition to that model, the manufacturer has a couple other new tablets for us to check out, as well as some news about how it brands its product lines.
While we’ve been calling them the Transformer and Transformer Prime, technically the full name for those existing ASUS tablets begins “Eee Pad Transformer”. From here out, ASUS will refer to its tablet line in general as Transformer Pad devices, instead.
Back during CES, ASUS announced the Transformer Prime TF700T with its 10.1-inch 1080p display. In the days leading up to the MWC, ASUS posted some teasers suggesting it would be introducing a high-resolution tablet. Sure enough, today it revealed the Transformer Pad Infinity, which appears to be that very same TF700T. The tablet’s 1080p display is a Super IPS+ component, covered with Gorilla Glass 2 for durability.
It turns out that there will actually be two versions of the Infinity, with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 for the cellular data model, and a quad-core 1.6GHz Tegra 3 for the WiFi-only edition. Both will have a gigabyte of RAM, feature an upgraded two-megapixel front-facer, and be available in configurations up to 64GB.
Finally, ASUS also revealed its Transformer Pad 300, which we’ve already seen rumored specs for. Now that the tablet’s official, we learn that those specs were right on the money; the 300 runs a Tegra 3 but sticks with a lower-resolution 1200×800 display like on the Transformer Prime. The only storage option, though, is 16GB, making this look like it could be the affordable option for those of you interested in a quad-core device without breaking the bank.
The Transformer Pad Infinity should go up for sale sometime during the second quarter, with the Transformer Pad 300 following later in the year.