ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 Launches at a Low $379
April 23, 2012 11:39 AM
It's like a cheaper Transformer Prime
If you've been waiting for the ASUS Transformer Pad 300 to launch, you can get your hands on one now. The tablet has officially launched running Google’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. The tablet has a 10.1-inch IPS screen with a 1280 by 800 resolution.
Not surprisingly, a 1.2GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor powers the tablet. ASUS claims that the budget tablet has battery life of up to 10 hours per charge. One of the main features of the Transformer Pad 300 – and previous ASUS tablets -- is an optional keyboard dock. Not only will that keyboard dock allow the user to type more comfortably, it also extends the runtime by an additional five hours.
The tablet carries a retail price of $379 for the 16 GB version and $399 and 32 GB version -- the keyboard dock sells for $149. The tablet is available right now in blue; red and white versions will launch in June.
With the launch, there are a number of reviews up as well.
reports that we should think of this tablet as a watered-down
. Some changes include a plastic back rather than metal and a slightly wider body.
likes the tablet writing, "Though the TF300's price is fairly low, there thankfully isn't that big of a catch. Even as more mid-range, 10-inch Android tablets start hitting the market, the second-gen Transformer still feels like the best deal, with smooth, Tegra 3-powered gaming, good endurance and an understated design that calls to mind ASUS' other Transformer, the $500 Prime."
also reviewed the new tablet calling in another great solution for the Android camp. The publication thinks the tablet is pretty good, but was more critical.
review explained, "It's not all rosy unfortunately. The past few Tegra 3 updates to ICS for the Prime have decreased stability in my usage, and I saw a handful of app crashes on the 300 during my testing period. I didn't run into any showstoppers but the latest build of the OS on these devices doesn't seem quite as solid as the last Honeycomb build or even some of the earlier ICS builds. The good news is that ASUS and NVIDIA appear to be pushing out updates to these devices quite aggressively, which is unfortunately a rarity in the Android space."
We sure that the software issues will be worked out in time, but it’s great to see fully-fledged, affordable tablet offerings making it to the market. And we have to give a big kudos to ASUS for making the upgrade from 16GB to 32GB a no-brainer thanks to the low of upgrading (for comparison, Apple charges $100 for a similar capacity bump).
"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)
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