ASUS has officially confirmed that its long-awaited Transformer Pad 300 will hit U.S. shelves on April 22.
The plastic-cased Pad 300 may not look as sleek as its Eee pad counterpart, but the Nvidia Tegra 3 powered tablet has qualities that outshine its predecessor.
The new tablet comes with 3G and LTE connectivity options that are absent in the Eee Pad -- launched with Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity issues.
ASUS markets the Pad 300 as a tablet designed for everyone. The 300 tablet shares many features found in other, more powerful, ASUS tablets. It comes with a 10.1-inch multi-touch touch 1280x800px screen, 8 MP auto-focus camera and keeps the ASUS slim line design.
While ASUS hasn't officially revealed the price of the tablet, it has announced that the tablet is aimed at anyone buying on a budget. U.S retailer BJs has the 32GB model of the tablet available for pre-orders at $400.
Operating System: AndroidTM 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)
CPU: NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 T30L Quad-Core @1.2GHz
GPU: GeForce® 12-core, 3D stereo (built-in)
Memory Storage: RAM:1GB / ROM:16GB
Networking: Wifi/3G/4G LTE
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0
Display: 10.1 WXGA (1280 × 800) LED Backlight 178° wide viewing angle IPS panel, 10 finger multi-touch
Camera: 1.2MP ( front ) camera and 8MP auto-focus (rear) with large F/2.2 aperture
Interface: 2-in-1 Audio Jack (head-out/MIC-in 2-in-1) 1 × micro-D HDMI 1.4a port / 1 × microSD Card Reader / built-in microphone / High Quality Speakers
Battery: 10 hours; 22Wh Li-polymer; 15 hours with mobile dock; Dock: 16.5Wh Li-polymer
Keyboard: Mobile dock with full QWERTY Keyboard (Optional)
ASUS Tranformer TF700 Release Date Set for June
ASUS unveiled its all-new powerful 700 series at the CES event in Las Vegas early in January. The new tablet blew fans away with its 1920×1200 HD resolution that beats most laptop and doubles that of its predecessor, which comes with 1,280x800-pixels.
The TF700 model will come out in June at the earliest and no pricing details have been announced, ASUS wrote in their UK blog. The rumored price for the new model is $600 for 32 GB and $700 for 64 GB, CNET reported from CES in Las Vegas.
The new model also comes with an upgraded 2-megapixel camera that can be used for HD video chat. Most of the Eee Pad's glitches have been addressed, changing its back-panel design to increase the performance of GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.