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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. Engadget reports that we should think of this tablet as a watered-down Transformer Prime. Some changes include a plastic back rather than metal and a slightly wider body. Engadget 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."

 
AnandTech 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.
 
The AnandTech 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).

Sources: The Verge, Engadget, AnandTech



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Charger and usb ports on tablet?
By XZerg on 4/23/2012 1:50:12 PM , Rating: 2
What type of charger port does the tablet have? Also any usb ports?




RE: Charger and usb ports on tablet?
By ShaolinSoccer on 4/23/2012 5:05:34 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think the tablet has a USB port? But the keyboard definitely does. To be honest, I never use the USB on my tablet. I just transfer files wirelessly.


RE: Charger and usb ports on tablet?
By jimbojimbo on 4/23/2012 5:07:05 PM , Rating: 2
I think he's asking because it's a lot easier to recharge it using the standard USB cable than having to have some proprietary cable with you. Everybody I know has the typical micro USB cable but not everyone has a Transformer Prime charging cable.
I'm curious myself.


RE: Charger and usb ports on tablet?
By XZerg on 4/24/2012 9:24:16 AM , Rating: 2
I am interested in USB for the following reasons:

1) Power charging
2) Keyboard/Mouse connectivity when needed
3) simple copy to usb keys

Wifi is great for streaming and file copy to other systems but not when you just want to do simple copy without network.

For those features paying $150+taxes is just not worth it.


Interesting pricing scheme.
By quiksilvr on 4/23/2012 12:00:57 PM , Rating: 2
Why not just sell the 32GB version for $349 and don't have a 16GB version? Would make things alot simpler and would greatly undercut the iPad 2.

Then ASUS can actually try to MARKET this damn thing.




RE: Interesting pricing scheme.
By Adam M on 4/23/2012 10:41:17 PM , Rating: 2
I am pretty tempted to get one of these Transformers but I am leaning toward the Prime. I think I may give it a few months to see if they start working on the next generation of the Prime. I saw an ultra book/tablet prototype online the other day that really caught my eye. I am looking forward to a unified product at some point.


Still too expensive
By mcnabney on 4/24/2012 9:20:47 AM , Rating: 2
Add the dock and this thing costs more than an iPad(3) which is far more powerful with a much more capable GPU and more than 3x the pixels in the display.

Attention tablet makers: when Apple will sell a fully powered device with a 3MP display for $500 you need to rethink trying to shovel-off 1MP displays as an actual competitor.

/hates Apple




RE: Still too expensive
By Netscorer on 4/24/2012 12:28:15 PM , Rating: 2
Agree,

at the current price this new Tablet is not competitive to iPad. But given how few of them ASUS actually produces, they must be not giving a damn about it.


keyboard
By Nortel on 4/23/12, Rating: -1
RE: keyboard
By GotThumbs on 4/23/2012 12:38:50 PM , Rating: 5
"the keyboard dock sells for $149."

fyi. this was mentioned in the article you just read.

Best wishes.


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