Asus Transformer Pad TF300 selling ahead of schedule
We were told bu Asus Philippines that they will launch the Transformer Pad TF300 and the Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 on June 21. However, it looks like local stores are already selling the Transformer Pad 300 ahead of schedule.
Local PC retail chain store Villman is actually selling the Transformer Pad 300 since June 5. That’s more 2 weeks ahead of the schedule. However, it looks like they only have limited stocks so only a handful of their stores are carrying it.
Here’s the exact specification of what is available right now. We got some hands on time with it a couple of months ago (click here).
Asus Transformer Pad TF300T specs:
10.1â€³ IPS display @ 1280Ã—800 pixels
NVidia Tegra 3 T30L quad-core processor @ 1.2GHz
32GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD card
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
8MP autofocus rear camera, LED flash
1080p video recording & playback
2MP front-facing camera
Asus SonicMaster technology
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Asus is positioning the Transformer Pad 300 as an affordable alternative to the flagship Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity. I am also told by a rep from Asus Philippines that the suggested retail price of the Pad 300 will be Php24,995 which will include the keyboard dock.
It is possible that Villman is selling the early units at a premium because if the limited availability and will revert back t the SRP once the units becomes widely available (Law of Supply and Demand working here).
Updated: I am told by a source that Villman directly imported their own stocks of the Pad 300 that’s why it’s in limited number and the mark-up is pretty high. It’s a nice marketing strategy though so they’d get the attention of early adopters and possibly get pre-orders too just in time for the official release in two weeks.