Asus announces release date and price for their high-resolution Android tablet

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 Champagne Gold

The new Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 tablet in Champagne Gold. Image: Asus

Asus announced the release date for their new flagship Android tablet, the 10.1-inch Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700. The new Asus tablet will be going on sale in the U.S. market on July 16th through most major retailers. The high-end tablet will start at $499, which means despite improved specifications there have been no changes made to the base $499 price Asus has offered consumers in the past with their flagship Android tablets.

The main feature for the Transformer Pad Infinity tablet is it’s 1920×1200 resolution 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display. The display offers users great viewing angles, bright colors with great contrast and when brightness is turned to the max this display is capable of 600-nits. With 600-nits of maximum brightness you can expect to still be able to view things on the tablet in most any lighting situation, the brightness of the screen should overwhelm most of the glare you would see on this glossy-type display when it’s exposed to direct light.

When compared to the last flagship Android tablet released by Asus, the 10.1-inch Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF200, the new Transformer Pad Infinity really only holds it’s 1920×1200 resolution Super IPS+ display over it. Just check out a spec-by-spec comparison between the two tablets below:

ModelAsus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF200
Operating SystemAndroid™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgradable
CPUNVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Quad-core T33@ 1.6GHzNVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Quad-core CPU
Dimensions/Weight263 × 180.8 × 8.5mm, 598g (pad only)263 × 180.8 × 8.3mm ; 586g (pad only)
ColorAmethyst Gray, Champagne GoldAmethyst Gray, Champagne Gold
Memory/StorageMemory: DDR3L 1GB / Storage: 32/64GB
8GB of ASUS Webstorage for life
Memory: 1GB / Storage: 32/64GB
8GB of ASUS Webstorage for life
Connectivity802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0, A2DP802.11 b /g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Display10.1″ WUXGA Full HD (1920 × 1200) LED Backlit screen with 10-finger multi-touch,
Super IPS+ display with 600 nits brightness
10.1″ LED Backlit screen with Super IPS+ (1280 x 800) 10 finger multi-touch,
Corning® Gorilla® Glass, 350 nits brightness
CamerasRear 8MP Auto-focus w/LED Flash, F/2.2 Aperture, 1080p video recording
Front 2MP for video conferencing
1.2MP (front), 8MP Auto focus (rear) with flash / F2.4 large aperture
Interface2-in-1 Audio Jack (Head Phone / Mic-in) /
1 × Micro-D HDMI 1.4a port / 1 × microSD Card Slot /
Dual microphone / 1 × Stereo Speaker
2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in); 1× micro HDMI port
1 × microSD Card Slot; Internal Microphone & Stereo Speaker
BatteryPad only: 25Wh – 9.5 hours*
Pad + Dock: 25Wh+ 19.5Wh – 14 hours*
12 hours; 25Wh Li-polymer Battery (4)
18 hours pad with dock ; 25Wh(pad) + 22Wh(docking) Li-polymer Battery (4)
SensorsG-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compassG-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass

Compared to the iPad

Apple iPad third generation

The new iPad, Apple’s third tablet. Image: Apple Inc.

Despite not having a maximum resolution that is greater than the new iPad, the third-generation tablet launched earlier this year by Apple, Inc., the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity has the brighter display. With its brighter display the Asus tablet will be more usable outside in direct sunlight than the new iPad. Although both of these tablets won’t beat out most tablets that feature IPS screens with a matte coating.

However even looking past the great display the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is a competitive product against the new iPad. Really besides the sheer number of applications consumers have to choose from with the iPad the Transformer Pad Infinity either competes with or bests the new iPad in most categories.

For instance battery life on the quad-core Transformer Pad Infinity has been tested and proved to be over 9 hours (tablet alone no dock), the new iPad has been tested and shown to produce over 10 hours of battery life. However when you add the available keyboard dock, an optional $149 accessory, you can achieve over 12 hours off battery life in laptop mode.

Another area you should be thinking about is build quality. In build quality the Asus tablet is just as good and even better in some areas than the current flagship Apple tablet. Both tablets feature metal (aluminum) shells that don’t flex when pressure is applied and they look good too.

As for display protection the Asus tablet has Gorilla Glass from the Corning company, with that you can expect your Transformer Pad Infinity to be immune from display cracks or scratches from most any accidental drops, the iPad doesn’t use Gorilla Glass or any other known protective display material (check out what happens when you drop the new iPad from even low heights in this video).

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity will come in 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi only versions at launch. Comparatively the new iPad is sold in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi+3G and even Wi-Fi+ 4G (in places where 4G is available). As for pricing the Transformer Pad Infinity is cheaper by $100 with each available configuration, the 32GB is $499 and the 64GB is $599 while Apple’s new iPad is $599 for a 32GB and $699 for a 64GB (all prices for Wi-Fi only models).

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