The Asus Transformer Pad Will Arrive in April 22
The Transformer Pad 300, Asus’ latest tablet will start shipping on April 22, in the US. The Taiwanese company has been pitching the tablet as a laptop replacement with LTE (4G) data connectivity. The tablet use a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and a 10.1″ display. It will run the Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Asus said that they will reveal the price on April 22; however some retailers are already taking preorders for the 32GB model for $399.
Asus no longer uses its “Eee” moniker, a term that debuted with Eee PC 700 netbook in 2007. The Transformer Pad 300 is a successor to the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, the first tablet in the market with quad-core processor. Asus also said that although the tablet has a lower starting price, it still brings a few similar features. The Transformer Pad 300 can run for teen hours and with additional battery attached in the optional keyboard dock, the battery life can be extended to 15 hours. Users should purchase the optional keyboard dock, if they need to use the tablet as a fully functional laptop. Unlike standard PC keyboard, the dock features Android-optimized keys layout with specific buttons that can quickly access important functions.
The 10.1 display has 1280 x 800 pixels resolution and it offers various connectivity options such as 3G, 4G LTE and WiFi. The tablet has an 8MP rear-facing camera and 1.2MP front-facing camera. For more storage, it has one microSD card reader and the microHDMI port can connect the tablet to TVs. Later this year, Asus will releases another Transformer tablet, called Infinity, with the same 10.1″ display, but higher resolution at 1920 x 1200 pixels.