Asus Transformer Pad TF300 selling ahead of schedule

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:
10.1″ IPS display @ 1280×800 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
Bluetooth 3.0
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.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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38 Responses

  1. Juan says:

    I’ve been searching this for some time already and it’s still not available. If this would be available by 3rd quarter here in PH I doubt that it would sell anymore. The new iPad is here, a lot of more affordable tablets are also available. In addition based on tech reports the new Tegra3 tablets that are coming out would be more affordable 5k-15k.Dunno if Asus would still get a market share by that time. Me included is already contemplating of getting another quad core tablet.

    Sayang! I feel that Asus is not considering the PH as a lucrative market.

  2. TWTHWTech says:

    Wow! Me want this! Me want this!

  3. Tony says:

    @Juan: I’m still getting it. It looks like the pad itself will go below 20k upon release, that’s still a huge bang for the buck IMO.

    @Yuga: please do update us once it’s available. Price, stores, etc. :)

  4. Pipo says:

    Sir Abe, any news on the release of the Infinity Wifi? Still waiting for that baby :)

    • yuga says:

      Yes, the Infinity Pad TF700 too is on the 21st.

    • Pipo says:

      Nice! Any info on the price range? Any word if Villman will be selling any units?

    • yuga says:

      SRP is pegged at Php24,995 (tablet+dock) and will be available in most stores in the mall.

    • petken says:

      Same price lang ang Infinity Pad TF700 at Pad TF300T? Ang tinatanong is yung SRP ng Infinity Pad TF700 na obviously dapat mas mataas kesa sa Php24,995 ng TF300T.

  5. mx says:

    i hope the rep from asus is wrong about the pricing of the pad 300, and wish it was close or the same as US pricing which is $379 that’s roughly 16kphp.. :)

    • yuga says:

      The price you quoted in the US is only for the tablet (#399 for the tablet + $149 for the dock which totals roughly Php24k).

      The price I mentioned above is for the tablet and the mobile dock.

    • Tony says:

      I wouldn’t expect the tablet SRP to be at a low 16k though. US prices tend to be a couple thousands cheaper than PH release prices.

      I’m just happy that Villman’s price is NOT srp. :D

    • mx says:

      i see.. should there be an option getting them separate that will be very convenient.

  6. GeN_GiM says:

    The Pad300 really made desire the PadFone even more :D

  7. migs says:

    2 hours to June 21.. I badly need this tf300.. if they will not be out.. i’m going for other tabs :)

  8. Tony says:

    I saw on another site that the TF300 will only be launched on June 21, but will be released on July instead. Can anyone confirm if this is true? Abe? I’m considering getting one of them Acer Tegra3’s instead if this is true…

    • yuga says:

      It was originally set to be launched on the 21st but Asus PH postponed it to sometime in the first week of July. Units haven’t been shipped to the Philippines yet so the delay.

    • karissa says:

      Aaaw! I was really expecting this to be released today or maybe a pre-order happening today.

  9. Tony says:

    That’s unfortunate… :( But thanks for the confirmation Abe.

  10. ross says:

    saw in villman it’s 29,999. i was hoping it’s SRP but its 5k more expensive. :C

    • Tony says:

      Also, I think Villman’s package does not include the keyboard (unconfirmed). If that’s true, then Villman might be around 12+k overpriced.

      Supply vs. demand.

  11. Tony says:

    I just got off the phone with PC Corner.

    Asus salesman says that the TF300 will be available by “late July”.
    Priced at Php 24,995.
    He said that Asus will not be releasing a package without the dock. So… no choice.

    And with that, I am now officially in the market for a different tab. Hindi ko kasi magagamit ang kb dock e, tablet lang talaga ang kelangan ko.

  12. Chime says:

    I talked to a saleslady from Asus Phil (Moa). She told me that the TF300 will be available on the third week of july. Any news if they’ll release TF300G too?

  13. lana castillo says:

    what stores will they be selling this product in July?

  14. mengster says:

    hmmm which stores would sell this one? i have a hard time looking for techie-stuff here in baguio.. i hope Octagon would.

  15. mengster says:

    hmmm which stores would sell this one? i have a hard time looking for techie-stuff here in baguio.. i hope Octagon would.

    • migs says:

      i’m from Baguio as well. got my tf300 from villman in manila shipped here to baguio… octagon offered the prime 2 months ago… they currently have acer tab if you still push for a tegra 3 tab, only without the keyboard dock of a tf

  16. maki says:

    I’m from Baguio too migs, how much did it cost you to get the tf300 (plus shipping)? Did you buy the dock as well? Thanks.

  17. Chime says:

    Any news about the TF700? please any news at all??

    • migs says:

      according to asus, there are no words yet if it will even be available in the Philippine market, they can’t even give a release date for the TF300.. Villman told me they are expecting it by around sept-october…

  18. need a laptop says:

    Im looking for an asus laptop a53e-as52-wt here in the philippines. Please give me an info if whete can i buy this one. Thanx

  19. yoh268 says:

    I saw from their FB page that they will be announcing the official price of Transformer Pad 300 and Infinity later today

  20. yoh268 says:

    quoting asus philippines:

    Here are the official Prices

    TF300T – Royal Blue, Torch Red and Iceberg White
    SRP Php24,995
    32GB Variant and Mobile Dock Included.

    TF700 – Champagne Gold / Amethyst Gray
    SRP Php37,995
    64GB Variant and Mobile Dock Included.

    There will be no 32GB variant for the Transformer Pad Infinity. Also all models will be included with Mobile Dock as this is one innovation of ASUS that stands out from other brands.

    …it will be available in the market by the 1st week of August primarily in Major IT dealers.

  21. x19ajustice says:

    Any news on which stores are already selling the infinity pad?

    If not, any updates on when they will start selling?

  22. mae says:

    I have the blue one :) its fantastic ^_^

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