The ASUS Transformer Pad 300 Seriesby Anand Lal Shimpi on February 27, 2012 5:30 AM EST
The Transformer Pad Infinity is the new high-end Android tablet from ASUS, but the TF Pad 300 series slots in below the TF Prime at $399. Still based on NVIDIA's Tegra 3 (likely lower clocks than the TF Pad Infinity), the 300 Series drops the aluminum chassis in favor of a similarly styled plastic body (available in three colors: red, white, navy). Thickness and weight are both up (9.9mm vs 8.3mm), but the 300 Series is still thinner and lighter than the original Eee Pad Transformer.
The SoC used in the 300 Series is exclusively NVIDIA, but 4G LTE connectivity will apparently be an option through a discrete LTE baseband.
The 1280 x 800 panel used in the 300 Series maintains the same 1280 x 800 resolution of the Prime but it drops the Super IPS+ designation, it's just standard IPS.
|ASUS Tablet Specification Comparison|
|ASUS Eee Pad Transformer||ASUS Transformer Pad 300 Series||ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime||ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity|
|Dimensions||271mm x 175mm x 12.95mm||263 x 180.8 x 9.9mm||263 x 180.8 x 8.3mm||241.2 x 185.7 x 8.5mm|
|Display||10.1-inch 1280 x 800||10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS||10.1-inch 1280 x 800 Super IPS+||10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 Super IPS+|
|Processor||1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 (2 x Cortex A9)||
NVIDIA Tegra 3 (4 x Cortex A9)
|1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 (4 x Cortex A9)||
3G/4G LTE - 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 (2 x Krait)
WiFi - 1.6GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 T33 (4 x Cortex A9)
|Storage||16GB + microSD card||16GB||32GB/64GB + microSD slot||16GB - 64GB|
|Pricing||$399||$399||$499/$599||$599 - $799 est|