draft | Asus unveiled the Transformer Pad 300 and Transformer Pad Infinity Series
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At the 2012 Mobile World Congress, which is currently taking place in Barcelona, the Taiwanese PC manufacturer, Asus has announced two new tablet devices, called Transformer Pad 300 and Transformer Pad Infinity. The maker claims that the former is an “ideal mobile web surfing and gaming platform”, whereas the latter is expected to be “the go-to tablet for HD mobile entertainment”.
The newly unveiled Transformer Pad 300 is perhaps the same TF300T tablet that was leaked a few weeks ago. This lower-end slate packs an NVIDIA Tegra 3 System-On-Chip that features the so-called 4-PLUS-1 architecture with four processing cores clocked at 1.2GHz and fifth battery-saver core for “less strenuous tasks”. In addition, the device is equipped with a 10.1-inch IPS touchscreen display with a native resolution of 1280-by-800 pixels.
The Transformer Pad 300 weighs 635grams and is 9.9mm thick. It houses two built-in cameras (8MP and 1.2MP), 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage (expandable by up to 32GB through an integrated microSD card slot). Other features reportedly include a micro-HDMI interface, Wi-FI and 3G/4G antennas, an Android 4.0 OS and up to 15 hours of battery life. Asus says that the slate will be available in red, white and blue.
The company also introduced the Transformer Pad Infinity Series in Barcelona. At launch, users will be provided with a 3G/4G model that is powered by a Dual-Core Qualcomm MSM 8960 Snapdragon S4 CPU clocked at 1.5GHz and a Wi-Fi only version which utilizes an NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC. Reportedly, the exciting news for multimedia lovers is that this slate offers a Full HD Super IPS+ touchscreen panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, that delivers a resolution of 1920-by-1200 pixels (also called “beyond Full HD” resolution).
ASUSTek’s ICS-running Infinity tablet presumably has a thickness of just 8.5mm, two integrated cameras (8MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing web camera with LED flash for video conferencing), and comes with the company’s SonicMaster technology.
Both units can supposedly be purchased with a dock that adds full-sized USB port and SD slot. Unfortunately, the maker has not yet disclosed pricing and release date details.