Quad-core Asus Transformer Pad 300 tablet coming April 22 for $399

By on April 16, 2012, 1:19 PM

Asus is set to join Samsung with the launch of a new tablet on April 22. The Transformer Pad 300 tablet is already showing up online at select retailers for under $400 but don’t let the price fool you – this is one feature-packed slate.

Powering the Transformer Pad 300 is a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. There’s also 32GB of built-in storage that’s expandable via a memory card reader, 1GB of system memory, WiFi (3G / 4G on select models) and a 10.1-inch display operating at 1280 x 800.

An 8MP camera sits on the back of the tablet while a front-facing 1.2MP shooter handles video chats. A micro-HDMI port allows users to connect the Pad 300 to a television. The tablet weighs 1.4 pounds with an average battery life of 10 hours.

The Pad 300 is similar to the Transformer Prime in that it can attach to a keyboard dock that transforms the tablet into a netbook / notebook of sorts. In addition to having a physical keyboard, the dock also includes an additional battery that can extend the overall tablet uptime to 15 hours.

Asus first showed the tablet at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona back in February. Joining it on April 22 is the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 which will start at $249.99 for a base model. With these new tablets and several others in the pipeline, it seems that the latest strategy to combat Apple’s iPad is to significantly undercut Cupertino at the register.

User Comments: 9

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Guest said:

Just wondering what is with Transformer Infinity?

when it will be out?

Jos Jos said:

There's no official release date yet besides Q2 2012

Guest said:

Thanks anyway :D

Guest said:

I'm happy with my TF101 for now, maybe when Asus releases a high resolution tablet I'll be intrigued enough to dish out some cash. I may also be interested in a Windows 8 tablet when they release theirs... we'll see.

inventix1136 said:

And still no USB port or high def screen...

captainawesome captainawesome said:

screen res is disappointing

CrisisDog said:

I have a TF101, awesome support from Asus, even released ICS for it. The Transformer Prime seems to have some hardware issues with WiFi and GPS, to the point where they no longer list GPS as a function of the device. I don't see the point of purchasing the 300 model though, other than it being a hardware fix for the issues with Prime. I'll also wait for the Infinity, bigger screen resolution could be a plus.

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

My tablet has finally arrived! I've been waiting for a decent Android tablet for way too long.

MilwaukeeMike said:

What is it with this website ALWAYS calling Apple 'Cupertino' Is that the cool thing to do nowadays?

Anyway... applause to ASUS for a cheaper tablet. They should beat Apple on price, we don't all have $500 or more laying around for a tablet.

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