Asus Transformer Pad TF300 sneak peek

Asus Transformer Pad TF300 sneak peek




The cheaper Transformer is here and we got a quick sneak peak of what it looks like this afternoon. Asus will make the official announcement on the 22nd but local reps allowed us to share with you some in-the-flesh photos of the Transformer Pad 300.

At first glance, it would be hard to figure out if this is the Transformer Pad 300 or the original Transformer Prime. Asus made sure that they built the Pad 300 in the same solid build and elegant finish.

In some areas, the Pad 300 might look better than the more expensive, all-metal construction of the Prime. The lid cover has that concentric pattern etched to it like the one on the Zenbook.

The lid cover is now made up of some polycarbonate material but still has that look and feel of aluminum. The replacement material also solves the WiFi and GPS problems that plagued the Transformer Prime.

As a result, the Transformer Pad 300 has become a bit thicker (9.9mm vs. 8.3mm on the Prime) and heavier (635g vs. 586g). It still looks slim and sexy but not when you put it beside the Transformer Prime.


 

And of course, the specs…

Asus Transformer Pad TF300 specs:
10.1″ IPS display @ 1280×800 pixels
NVidia Tegra 3 T30L quad-core processor @ 1.2GHz
1GB RAM
16GB 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

Notice that the hardware configuration is almost the same as the Prime, spare for the display material used.

So instead of the bright and vivid Super IPS+ display used in the Prime, Asus cut some corners and used a cheaper IPS LCD panel instead. Everything else looks the same on paper.

The keyboard and the trackpad was also changed and improved a bit. The area where the keyboard sits is deeper than the area in the palm rest giving each individual keys some more space and height.

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The big question really is — how much cheaper is the Pad 300 compared to the Transformer Prime TF201? We have a figure but we just can’t share it with you yet. The only hint we can give you is that the whole tablet and dock will be priced really close with the SRP of the new iPad. Now that’s going to be an interesting comparison.



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

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29 Responses

  1. Marvin Lee Tang says:

    “The only hint we can give you is that the whole tablet and dock will be priced really close with the SRP of the new iPad. Now that’s going to be an interesting comparison”

    WOW, this I want to see… tablet + dock! awesome!

  2. Hideki says:

    I was there when they sneak-peek with the Pad 300, and as well got lucky to play with it too. Yay! :D

  3. nofontwhy says:

    hopefully below 20k?

  4. showbiz says:

    What is the SRP of the new ipad? When you say really close does that mean less than 5K difference?

  5. I think the price would be in the P20K range, my guess is right. If accurate, it would kill netbook sales overnight.

    Elsewhere, its US$400.

  6. covi says:

    the new asus pad is out, but will it really be out in stores. like the transformer prime, you dont see local stocks out.

  7. Jovel G. says:

    I’m planning to get the transformer prime, would be this a good alternative? It seems that it all goes down with the type of screen they used and other materials but the specs are still the same right?

  8. pctan1584 says:

    Any news from Asus on the availability of the Padfone?

  9. Lau Beruin says:

    I’ve been waiting for this device since its release last month…hope its worth the wait ..(i’m considering the prime before, but after so many issues arose from other prime users..i had the second thought)

  10. tara says:

    will it be officially launched here on the 22nd too o announcement lang? do stores accept preorder?

  11. pachpach says:

    Does this have GPS? :D

  12. warren says:

    i hope asus transformer pad 300 release a version of windows 8…

  13. roiji says:

    looks like a world wide simultaneous release…

  14. paul says:

    will it be released in the philippines on april 22 also? and if ever which stores will have them first?

  15. crimsonshock says:

    it’s officially released!
    amazon has it for $399.99

  16. Edwin C says:

    Aba, makabili nga.

  17. yaj says:

    yuga, do you have the SRP of this, and do you know any local stores selling the tf300. thanks!

  18. Fidgy Lang says:

    That’s more like it. A transformer pad that’s actually affordable. Especially the 32GB version. You’re not exactly gonna find a cheaper quad-core tablet with 32GB of storage anytime soon lol.

  19. tormentor17 says:

    this is kinda off topic but can i ask if it is ok/safe to buy a gadget from widgetcity.com.ph? Cause im planning to buy a tablet from them but im not sure if they are reliable seller of gadgets…

  20. duke_06 says:

    I want this than the Asus Transformer Prime! If it’ll hit the PH shelves this May or June, it’ll definitely kill netbook sales and the trend would change significantly.

  21. addicthd says:

    for tf300 inquire here may stock na pero nde lang posted.

    http://www.tipidpc.com/viewitem.php?iid=14908841

  22. jason says:

    available na ba 2 sa sm moa ngayon…..

  23. benjamin says:

    I saw a post on sulit. tf300 royal blue, with dock, and its SEALED for a cheap price. I bought mine a week ago for 28k. I should have wait for it.

    http://www.sulit.com.ph/index.php/view+classifieds/id/6333523/Asus+transformer+pad+tf300+%28sealed%29+w/+dock?event=Search+Ranking,Position,1-1,1

  24. kaye says:

    is the keyboard sold separately?

  25. live chat says:

    Asking questions are really good thing if you are not understanding anything fully, except this paragraph presents nice understanding yet.

  26. WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for acoustic guitar bag

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