Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T Review

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There are generally two types of iterative processes that manufacturers go through with respect to product development and refinement; there are feature and performance enhancements that result from market feedback and there are enhancements as a result of technology advancements and cost reduction (or both combined). When it launched in December last year, the Asus Transformer Prime was, in our opinion and many others, thought to be one of the best 10-inch Android slates on the market at the time.  That claim could still be made today, if it were not for the recent introduction of the latest iteration of Asus' Transformer product family, the Transformer Pad Infinity.

We recently stepped you through the details of Asus' lower cost Transformer Pad 300 and felt that it was a fine alternative for users looking to save a few pesos. But let's be honest, somebody has to compete with Apple's new iPad (it still should be called iPad 3 damn it) and its ultra-high resolution Retina display.  Though the Transformer Prime's Super IPS+ display certainly competes in overall brightness and contrast, pixel density of the panel at its native 1280x800 resolution couldn't compete with Apple's super-tight 2048x1536 detail on the iPad.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity with Keyboard Dock - 1920x1200 and sharp as a tack.

Alas the innovation and refinement beat goes on with Asus thankfully, and the all new Transformer Pad Infinity we'll be showcasing here today offers a new 1920x1200 full HD Super IPS+ display to rival the iPad, as well as some goosed-up internals like a faster NVIDIA Tegra 3 4+1 core SoC (System on a Chip), improved camera performance and a few other trimmings polishing-up the product a bit more.

Let's give you the quick nickle video tour first...


The good news is, the MSRP still remains the same as the original Transformer Prime at $499 for the 32GB and $599 for the 64GB versions of the tablet.  Here's a quick run-down on the vitals and then we'll dig in deep on this Ice Cream Sandwich loving bad boy.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity
Specifications & Features
Operating System Android 4.03 with Asus customizations
Display 10.1" LED Backlight WXGA (1920x1200) Screen
Super IPS+, 600nits
10 finger multi-touch support
Corning Gorilla Glass 2
CPU NVIDIA Tegra 3 T33 Quad-Core SoC - 1.6 - 1.7GHz
Memory 1GB DDR3 1600MHz
Storage 32GB / 64GB EMMC + 8G life time ASUS Webstorage space
Wireless Data Network WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4GHz
Bluetooth V3.0
Camera 2MP Front Camera with improved field of view
8 MP Rear Camera with F2.2 aperture and revised hybrid IR filter
Dynamic Auto focus (rear) with flash
Audio Stereo Speakers
High Quality Mic
Interface Pad:
1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
1 x micro HDMI
1 x Micro SD Card Reader

Mobile Dock:

1 x USB2.0 port
1 x SD Card Reader
Sensor G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, GPS
Applications ASUS launcher, MyLibrary, MyNet, MyCloud, @Vibe Music, asus webstorage, File manager, ASUS sync, SuperNote, App Locker, App Backup, TegraZone
Battery 9.5 hours; 25Wh Li-polymer Battery
14 hours pad with dock; 25Wh(pad) + 19.5Wh(dock) Li-polymer Battery
Dimensions 10.35in x 7.12in x 0.33" thick, 598g (1.31 pounds)
Weight 1.31lbs
Mobile Dock 263 x 180.8 x 8 to 10.4 mm, 537g
MSRP: 32GB - $499, 64GB - $599, Optional Keyboard Dock - $149.99

So again, the key take-aways here amongst all of the specifications are:

  • Faster NVIDIA Tegra 3 T33 quad-core SoC clocked at 1.6 - 1.7GHz (a significant 300MHz boost)
  • Faster DDR3 1600MHz memory versus the Transformer Prime's 1333MHz memory
  • New, improved wide aperture rear-facing 8MP camera, higher resolution 2MP front-facing camera
  • Higher resolution 1920x1200 Super IPS+ Display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Combined with an Asus/NVIDIA/Google optimized version of Android 4.03 Ice Cream Sandwich and you have quite a few upgrades going on with the new Transformer Pad Infinity.  Again though, the only thing Asus didn't upgrade is the price.  On paper, the new Transformer Pad Infinity is serious competition for the new iPad or any other 10-inch tablet on the market for that matter.  Let's take a closer look at the product and then see how it handles in use testing and the benchmarks.

 

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thoughtsimple 2 years ago

I don't think you really meant .33 mm. Maybe .33 inch which would be about 8.4 mm?

Dave_HH 2 years ago

Yep, good catch. Correction made. It's .33 inches thin actually, or 8.5mm. The Prime is 8.3mm or roughly .32" thin.

CCooke 2 years ago

Champagne purple? Are you sure you didn't mean Pebble Blue because if I recall I thought the colors were Champagne Gold and Pebble Blue...

realneil 2 years ago

This is a bad-azz tablet. Looks like I want it bad,.......

Dave_HH 2 years ago

Well, Asus calls it "purple" in their stock photo shots. I've see it referenced as champagne purple in email correspondence too. Either way, it's not really blue but does have a slight purple-ish tint to the silver finish.

NHess 2 years ago

Any news on cases or covers for this bad boy yet?

CDeeter 2 years ago

I must admit to wanting one of these, but at the same time I feel a little guilty too after balking at the price of the Surface RT which is about the same price as this Transformer. I don't know why, other than to say this looks sexier to me.

KeithJFrasier 2 years ago

Actually, the available colors are Champagne Gold and Amethyst Grey.

ATigre 2 years ago

Maybe it's just me but I'd like to see a glasses free 3D tablet. ( I mean, a decent Tablet, like this one with Tegra 3). Wink

WAguilar 2 years ago

CONS: No sim slot for GPRS? thumbs down.!

RGeiken 2 years ago

I enjoyed the ASUS TF700 Tablet. Well done and supplied additional information that I was looking for. I was most interested in the connection that is available to add a USB port to the tablet itself. I have seen a few things that were made for the TF200, 300, etc. but wanted to make sure that I get one for the 700. I want to easily be able to get a USB port without buying the attaching keyboard. I like my present wireless keyboards that need a USB dongle on it to communicate with the Tablet and the keyboard and mouse. Will likely buy the TF700 shortly. Looks like a good buy. I would like to get one that is Jelly Bean out of the box if possible.

chintaling 2 years ago

It's pretty much the best Android tablet out there AND it has the highest resolution of all Android tabs.

So what if it's not as high resolution as the iPad? I sure would rather make better use of the pixels by watching true widescreen videos. The tf700 is a good tablet but it's got a few cons as mentioned in http://www.squidoo.com/asus-tf700t

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