ASUS Reveals Infinity Series Tablets, PadFone Smartphone Hybrid; Rebrands Tablet Lines
February 27, 2012 9:37 AM
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All Transformer Pads and the PadFone are expected to run on Google's Android 4.0 mobile operating system right out of the box
ASUS announced that it is
rebranding its tablets
"Transformer Pads," which brings us to the company's news of a high-end tablet line: the new Transformer Pad Infinity series.
At Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, ASUS revealed the Transformer Pad lineup, which includes the Transformer Pad Prime (previously the Eee Pad
), the upcoming Transformer Pad Infinity series and the Transformer Pad 300 series. In addition, ASUS announced its new PadFone smartphone/tablet hybrid.
Let's start with the tablets. ASUS' high-end Infinity series features two different models, which both offer 1920x1200 Full HD Super IPS+ display as well as ASUS SonicMaster technology, a 2-megapixel front camera and 8-megapixel rear camera. However, the Wi-Fi model features a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor while the 4G LTE model offers a Qualcomm MSM 8960 Snapdragon S4 Krait dual-core 1.5GHz processor. Storage options will be 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB.
The low-end Transformer Pad 300 series offers a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a 10.1-inch 1280x800 IPS display, a 1.2-megapixel front camera, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 10-hour battery life (which can be boosted to 15 hours with the keyboard dock sold separately). There is a 4G LTE version or Wi-Fi version.
ASUS also showed off its smartphone/tablet hybrid, the ASUS PadFone. This new 4.3-inch entry to the smartphone market features a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, a Super AMOLEDqHD display and an 8-megapixel camera. Like ASUS' tablets, the PadFone also comes with an optional keyboard dock that both charges the battery and turns the phone into a 10.1-inch tablet. The PadFone utilizes ASUS' Dynamic Display technology for easy transition the PadFone and PadFone Station display screens.
All Transformer Pads and the PadFone are expected to run on Google's Android 4.0 mobile operating system right out of the box. This looks like a good deal for ASUS, considering Google announced that
850,000 new Android devices are activated on a daily basis
"The time has finally arrived when every screen in your lives could transcend into a portal with real time access into your digital world," said Jonney Shih, ASUS chairman, when showing off the PadFone.
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RE: the new transformer lineup
2/27/2012 11:56:44 AM
100 Intro Transformer (proof of concept)
200 Prime (mid range part sold as high-end because of lack of competition as this spec level)
300 Prime converted to Eee level externals (like 100).
700 High end with 1080P Screen.
So expect the 100 to disappear. The 200 might see a price drop as other tablet companies catch up. The 300 to be priced like the 100 if not lower. The 700 expect to be priced between the Ipad 2 and Ipad 3.
RE: the new transformer lineup
2/27/2012 1:41:50 PM
I love my Transformer (TF101) and just got ICS on it on Friday! :D The Prime is going to be revised the second half of this year to have a plastic back much like the orig since it appears the metal on it is playing havoc on the GPS/Wifi, that may be the 300/700 series? I have seen mention of the 700 replacing the Prime but this is the 1st I've heard of the 300. I would love a 700 series wifi with that new screen on it :D. I really hope they stay competitive with their pricing though. I would even get a 16gig model too just to keep price down, it should still have a micro sd reader in it so you can always put more memory in it just like I did with my orig :). Asus has never let me down yet.
RE: the new transformer lineup
2/28/2012 1:29:42 PM
2) Prime with metal back (discontinued)
3) Prime with plastic back (TBD)
4) 300 series (replacing #1)
a) Wifi quad core (Replacing #2 and #3?)
b) LTE dual core
As much as I love Asus, they officially made this more complicated than it needs to be. Just have one tablet at $499. Stick it right in Apple's face.
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