Asus Transformer Infinity 700 HD tablet, Asus Padfone hands-onBy Julio Franco 19 comments
The Asus Transformer Inifinity 700 TF700T tablet is a higher-end version of the Transformer Prime. The 700 sports a very high-resolution 1920 x 1200 pixel 10.1-inch Full HD display, with great colors and high viewing angles. It is powered by either a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 or dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processors depending on configuration. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has an optional keyboard dock like the other Transformer tablets from Asus.
Also improved with the TF700T are GPS and Wi-Fi performance, a sore spot with the Transformer Prime that was released in December. Asus says it redesigned the back cover of the tablet to improve radio reception. The TF700T is expected to ship in Q2 2012. The 32GB version is expected to cost $599, while the 64GB edition will command $699.
Another interesting product from Asus. The company has been talking about its Padfone smartphone and tablet combo device for a long time, but it's not until now they have locked down a final hardware design and were ready to show it off at Mobile World Congress.
The phone section of the Padfone has a 4.3-inch, qHD Super AMOLED display with bright and vibrant colors and great viewing angles. It is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The phone then docks into the back of the tablet portion of the Padfone, which has a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 pixel display and extended battery that can charge the phone's battery. The tablet is powered by the phone's processor, and provides users with the tablet version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Finally, the tablet portion can then dock into a keyboard dock, effectively making the Padfone a full laptop. Asus expects to bring the Padfone to market in April, but it has not announced pricing at this time.