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  • B3an - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    "What I'm really hoping for is that ASUS is using its experience in building the Transformer lineup and bringing it to market as practice for the release of a truly perfect, x86-based Windows 8 tablet later this year. Give me the form factor of the ARM based Transformer Pad 300/Infinity (along with optional dock), but with the ability to run Windows 8 Pro and I think we may just have the perfect tablet for users who need a notebook for work but want the portability of a tablet."


    Thats exactly what i want. I'm without doubt getting a Win8 tablet - The question is which one.

    It will also replace my laptop as theres just no need for laptops anymore once Win 8 is out, atleast for the vast majority of people. I finally wont have to have a laptop AND tablet which is a waste of money.
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  • B3an - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    Come to think of it, it would be interesting if theres also Win8 tablets + keyboard docks that have i5 or higher CPU's in them. We all know their will be ARM and Intel x86 designs with near ARM power levels and similar thin form factors. But what about the high end with i5/i7? Like the Samsung Series 7 Slate but with a dock. Obviously the size will be bigger and battery life lower, but if the docks also included a battery then this would also last longer than a typical laptop of the same spec. You'd basically have a i5/i7 laptop with longer battery life and a detachable display. Infact i'm finding it very hard to think of a single scenario where a laptop would actually be better than a Win8 tablet + dock?!... Reply
  • bleh0 - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    Realistically You would have to settle for ULV Ivy Bridge i3s/Trinity or Atom/Brazos for decent battery life, Even with that you wouldn't be able to make it as thin as a TF300T. Reply
  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    Haswell :) Reply
  • kmmatney - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    I'd still rather have a laptop and a tablet separate. There is no way I can use a 10" screen for everyday work. Reply
  • marvdmartian - Monday, April 23, 2012 - link

    Agreed. Wish someone would come out with a 12" tablet. While not as light or portable as a 10" tablet, these old eyes of mine won't have to have a 12" screen quite so close, to read text, at a decent screen resolution (let's face it, what good is it, to be able to read text, when you have desktop shortcuts the size of golf balls??).

    I keep seeing that bendable screen technology breakthroughs are coming closer and closer to reality. To me, the perfect tablet would be one with a flexible screen, that can be folded in half to fit in my back pocket, but unfolded to something in the vicinity of a 13" screen. Sort of like what Sony did, with their split screen tablet...... only without the split screen!
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  • swimtech - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    I hear that too. Lots of us would like just that - an X86 Win8 tablet but there aren't any yet.

    I have to say though that the latest Ipad with that magnificent display will actually get the job done now. Asus has a great device there with better coming - but for those who can't (or don't want to...) wait there is a device available - but yeah, it's not Windows.
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  • sigmatau - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    The "vast majority of people" will find a tablet useless for most things. Not sure what planet you live on. I work tablet? Laughable. A tablet for school? Laughable.

    These devices are still for only entertainment. Can you imagine typing notes in class on one of these? Or breaking it out at work and trying to prop it against something?
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  • Souka - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    I, and other IT folk, use an iPad all the time at work...for work...

    Ditched the laptop and use iPad for moving around on campus and meetings.

    my desktop, or any desktop as I have a virtualized enviroment, works for the real work (planning, making spreadsheets, visio charts, programming, etc).
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  • Naguz - Monday, April 23, 2012 - link

    Yes, it can be useful *while at work*, but I agree with sigmatau - it is not a work device yet, if you concider that most people either need good excel/calc or writes a lot while at work. tablets can be great @work-devices, but not really workdevices - yet.

    But I don't agree with him on the note-taking bit. Several people I know use tablets for notetaking in class - with a full sie BT keyboard. :) In fact, they are much more efficient than me, who tend to alt-tab my way into my mail, facebook, or tablet discussions.

    That said, the last thing I'd want is x86Windows on a tablet. It's more than slow enough on my i7 desktop...
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  • Hrel - Monday, April 23, 2012 - link

    I wanted to upvote this. But I'm not on reddit:( Reply
  • hackbod - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    <quote>Google has even added support for external batteries like the Transformer Pad's in Ice Cream Sandwich</quote>

    This isn't true, this is a customization that Asus has done. The power of open source, etc., etc.
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  • sprockkets - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    That was true of 3.0. You have a source saying it isn't in 4.0? Reply
  • hackbod - Monday, April 23, 2012 - link

    You can look at the source code if you want to confirm -- for example look at BatteryService.java and see there is nothing there for reporting multiple batteries.

    Also I know what stuff we have added to Android in this area, and internal + dock battery is not one of them. :)
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  • XZerg - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    Is there a USB port or not on the tablet itself? I noticed the charger is usb based, correct? If so, can that port be used to connect other devices such as keyboards and usb keys? Reply
  • Impulses - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    There's no USB port but you can use a 40 pin to USB adapter, it's like $12 (and took forever to come out after the original TF but it's finally readily available as of a few months ago). Other tablets with a micro USB port still require the use of a special USB OTG cable AFAIK, so neither approach is clearly superior. Reply
  • haar - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link


    WELCOME to the niche market!... 80000 transformers sold! lol ...where you have to carry two pieces, a keyboard and screen, so that you can transform it into a notebook that should have been...

    so how is a tablet with a 10 inch screen+keyboard any better than the 11 inch macbook air with win8 ...do you think would you use a 11 inch screen in a laptop for everyday work?... when you answer that question for yourself, then you will know if this transformert ablet is good for you.

    exact how are you going to remove the perception that you are using a "toy"... dont "real" tech geek use "powerful" processors! HUGE screens!, 1337 Ice cream OS's!!!!

    transformer infinity? ... it does NOT exist for sale! why list it in a table?... and because it doesn't exist how can the specs be correct...? making an article 10% ad copy in is beneath Anandtech.com or shoud be!
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  • crankerchick - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    Including the Infinity in the spec comparison is very helpful for those of us deciding to wait it out. Obviously it is not a available yet and a performance and quality comparison isn't an option yet, but reminding us of the features helps us keep a mental note that there is something more on the horizon so we can decide if what is different spec wise is worth waiting for. The specs are as correct as can be confirmed by what has been released by ASUS. Get over it. Reply
  • TrackSmart - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    Yes, the article was quite informative. I'm researching tablets right now for a relative. The analysis, comparative performance data, and the frank opinion provided in the conclusions were all useful for the decision-making process.

    And for Haar (above), many of us would be buying this as a tablet only - without the dock. And for use as a entertainment / media consumption device, rather than for work. The only useless information here is your rude comment.
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  • Souka - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    stick the iPad3 screen onto the Transformer Infinity guts... "Winner" :) Reply
  • jackka - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    sigh.....

    i am neither a fan/hater of apple nor android/asus. i appreciate both sides. having said that, let me try to objectively address your "concerns" even though you do a pretty good job of madly shouting like anti-transformer, apple fanatic.

    1. asus had no problem selling any and all transformer prime that it manufactured. they are probably wishing they could manufacture more and faster so they can make even more money. regardless of your take on the transformer's place in the market, asus is making very good money.

    yes, the transformer comes in two pieces. and any normal person wanting to carry both pieces would carry them attached, just like carrying a macbook air. the two piece design is supposed to give you the advantage of flexible usage at the cost of less rigidity while attached.

    if you are trying to dog on the two piece design, it would make sense to claim that the given design is a bad tradeoff because rigidity is more important than portable flexibility or whatever. but to claim it is bad because you have to carry two pieces around for a "notebook" is just bad logic and an infantile attempt at flaming. you have lost the respect and credibility of any of your logical readers at this point.

    2. the transformer with keyboard costs about half the price of a macbook air. that is a pretty concrete advantage to any rational person. not that it would matter anyway because you are comparing two things in different categories. you seem to have trouble understanding the difference in categories.

    3. rational people base their purchases on what they need/want and what they are willing to pay for it. perception of whatever is pretty irrelevant. unless you would buy a macbook air because you think it would help you look more like a wannabe artist / hipster. that's pretty ridiculous, right?

    4. you can plug your head down a hole and play ostrich, but to the rest of the world the transformer infinity is going to be released in the near future with the known specs. why does it bother you that another product of the same line is coming with some better specs?

    as a final note, you should think more about what you write in your future posts, because what you write shows real fast whether you have any kind of logic and critical thinking.
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  • MrSpadge - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    What the.. ?!

    You don't have to carry both, you've got the flexibility of taking with you only what you need. Neither a pure tablet nor a pure laptop can offer this. how is that hard to understand?

    And I don't think it's fit for real work either. But it doesn't have to be, if internet stuff, entertainment, IMs and mails are all you want to do. And Anand already adressed this: give us this form factor with x86 and things might get really interesting.

    Listing the Inifinity: Asus has been pretty forward with the specs provided and Anand said it's not available yet. That's perfectly fine and helps to put things into perspective. If "the next big thing" was around you'd want to be told about it, too, instead of spending top $ now on something which might get outdated the next day.
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  • MonkeyPaw - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    "While every single Transformer released thus far has shipped with 1GB of RAM, the 300 is the first to use 1.5V DDR3-667. The TF Prime used 1.5V DDR2-500, and the Transformer before it used ."

    The suspense is killing me!
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  • jjj - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    Almost there but no SD,glossy screen (assuming) and the dock is still way too expensive especially for a more budget orientated SKU.
    Color accuracy is a disaster but that,by now,is to be expected .
    That said,why aren't you pointing out any of the drawbacks in the conclusion,always trying to spin it to point out the positive is not what a review should be.
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  • hybrid2d4x4 - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    Same complaints from me here. Either I missed it, but the reviewer didn't even seem to mention/complain about the loss of expandable memory in the form of microSD that the predecessors had. If I were to get a tablet, I'd like to be able to use it as an e-reader as well, and with a glossy screen, it just won't be happening. Hell, just using it for anything in a room with lots of windows is miserable with glossy screens and all the reflections. Reply
  • sprockkets - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    microsd is listed in the specs for all but the infinity, they might have added it later, just read the article Reply
  • chi23 - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    This model HAS an microSD card slot. It's mentioned in the reviews on engadget and CNET, and listed as a feature on Asus' own site and in product listings (i.e. Amazon)

    As far as to my knowledge ALL Asus Transformer tablets have an microSD slot built right into the tablet (not 100% certain about upcoming Infinity until it's released). This is part of their standard design, and one of the main features that I've been looking for in my next tablet

    I jumped on to post just about this, I don't know why Anandtech missed this in their review, their spec comparison chart on the 1st page is misleading. I was surprised because this was the first review I read on the model and immediately noticed the omission in the chart. All the other sites I mentioned confirm it's still there, I hope Anand will update his review.
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  • sprockkets - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    microsd is listed in the specs for all but the infinity, they might have added it later, just read the article Reply
  • metaldood - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    No mention of MicroSD in review? I see microSD as part of specs everywhere else. Reply
  • andrewcooke - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    should lower/higher leakage be reversed?

    also, will these things run linux at all?
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  • shriganesh - Monday, April 23, 2012 - link

    Asus rocks! My original Transformer got ICS 4.0.3 update just a few days back! ICS is great and shuttering is gone! UI is much better and feels smooth! Reply
  • Netscorer - Monday, April 23, 2012 - link

    Even though I like the idea of dockable keyboard, from practicality perspective we would need to wait for Windows 8 tablet for this to take off. I just don't see Android ICS as a serious notebook replacement. Given the rest of the specs, for only $100 more one can get an iPad with vastly better screen, battery life, GPU and other characteristics that actually do matter in tablet. I am not trying to compare ICS with iOS5 here as both have they merits but we should also consider the maturity of the App Market comparing to Google Play and other Android contenders.
    Finally, ASUS have yet to prove that it can ship any significant volume of their tablets. I wanted to buy the original Transformer but for two months could not find any stock and then cooled to the idea. I was following the Infinity model again with no stock until new iPad was already on the market. What are the odds that ASUS will suddenly release this model in quantity?
    I'm sorry ASUS but for Pad to take off, you would need to price it at no more then $350 (with 32GB of RAM) and a $100 dock. Otherwise no-one outside of the geek community would even consider your tablet as an alternative to iPad.
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  • Naguz - Monday, April 23, 2012 - link

    If only they had included a USB port on the tablet itself - along with a display connector you could connect a VGA adapter to for presentations. Reply
  • dreddit - Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - link

    Hey guys are you sure the dimension for the infinity are correct. If so then the Bezel must be much smaller than the primes, by 10mm either side.
    The asus web site still has dimensions the same as the prime. I hope it is a smaller form factor but with the same 10.1 ips screen
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  • Lucian Armasu - Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - link

    Put a dual core (or quad core next year) Cortex A15 chip at 2 Ghz in it, and with a 2560x1600 resolution at 11.6", and I'll take it. There's no way an x86 device with Windows 8 would be in the same price range. It would probably be closer to $1000 than $500. Reply
  • slagar - Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - link

    Looks like another fine ASUS product.

    Absolutely second Anand's comments regarding one of these with Windows 8 later this year. I can't wait to see what happens :)

    Thanks for the great info and reviews as always Anandtech!
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  • Anonymous1a - Saturday, August 04, 2012 - link

    I absolutely love Asus' product range but the only problem I have with them is that they don't have their own direct store. Although the base models are easily available on the internet, finding a 3G version of the TF300 is like finding a needle in a haystack and the only place I found the needle was ebay and at ridiculously high prices (600+) and considering the fact that two models have already come out after it and the iPad 2 has it's 3G version at 529, this is just wayyy too high, with these vendors exploiting the lack of a direct chain and lack of availability of these products. And there was literally nowhere I could the the Infinity or Prime with LTE anywhere. I wish they would, at least, for a few major markets like USA and UK have their own direct online selling point. Reply

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