The official U.S release date for the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 has finally been announced, and the Android tablet should arrive the week of July 16, starting around $499 for the 32GB version, according to the company.
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 laptops and doubles the brillance of its predecessor, which comes with 1,280x800 pixels.
The pixel density of the tablet is 224ppi, which is lower than Apple's new iPad, but higher than the new Retina Display MacBook Pro.
ASUS has since changed the name of the tablet from ASUS Transformer Prime TF700 to ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700.
The tablet is an improvement on of the Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201, which was released in December. The Eee pad was criticized for its poor GPS performance, which ASUS said stemmed from a metallic unibody design that affects the performance of GPS when receiving signals from satellites. Most of the tablet's glitches have been addressed, changing its back-panel design to increase the performance of GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, it said.
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The new model also comes with an upgraded 2-megapixel camera that can be used for HD video chat. The new model retains its predecessor's VIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and 1GB of Ram; however, the processor has been clocked to a higher 1.6GHz.
The TF700 was originally set for a June launch, but ASUS encountered some issues with production, according to Android Authority, a tech blog. The 64GB model will be available for $599.
OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 3 T33 Quad-core 1.6GHz (WiFi) CPUConnectivity: Wifi/3G/ LTE/Bluetooth
Camera: 2MP (front)/8MP Auto focus (rear) with flash, F2.2 large aperture, backlit CMOS
Input/Output: PAD: 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in); 1 × micro HDMI port 1 × Micro SD Card Reader; Internal Microphone & Stereo Speaker
Mobile Dock: 1 × USB2.0 port; 1 × SD Card Reader
Battery: 10 hours; 25Wh Li-polymer Battery
16 hours pad with dock; 25Wh (pad) + 22Wh (dock) Li-polymer Battery
Size/Weight: 263 × 180.8 × 8.5 mm; 586g (pad only)
263 × 180.8 × 8~10.4 mm; 537g. (dock only)
263 × 180.8 × 17.2~19.6 mm; 1123g (pad with dock)
The Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201, the model before the TF700, is the first tablet to herald the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. It is ultra-thin at 8.3mm and weighs only 586g and comes with a state-of-the-art SonicMaster Audio technology, an HD 8MP rear auto-focus camera with LED flash and an 18-hour battery-left when combined with the mobile dock. It seems the TF700T is an effort to address some of the design flaws that prevented the Eee Pad from reaching its full potential.