Asus Transformer Infinity Pad tablet with Android 4.0 to ship this month
Tablet with Ice Cream Sandwich OS is considered a challenger to the iPad
By Agam Shah | Published: 13:45, 31 May 2012
Asus will make their eagerly awaited Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T tablet, considered a challenger to Apple's new iPad, available in late June or early July.
The tablet has a 10.1-inch display that shows images at 1920-by-1200 pixels, which is among the highest resolution screens offered on Android tablets today. The tablet will come with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and optional 3G/4G mobile broadband connectivity.
With its powerful processor and high-resolution screen, the Infinity Pad is being pitched as a multimedia powerhouse. The tablet will come with a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chip for models focused on gaming and multimedia or a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip for models with 3G/4G LTE connectivity.
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The company spokeswoman would not comment on pricing on the tablet, which was introduced in late February at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona. Asus will likely share further availability and pricing information at the Computex trade show in Taiwan next week. Asus is holding a press conference at the show where the company also plans to announce products.
The Infinity Pad's most appealing feature is the display, but the resolution falls short of Apple's new iPad, which has a 9.7in screen that can show images at a 2048-by-1536 pixel resolution. Many of the latest Android tablets with 10.1in screens come with 1280-by-800 pixel resolution, including the Asus Transformer Pad 300 and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, which started shipping this month.
The Asus Infinity Pad screen has a wide 178 degree viewing angle, which makes the tablet easier to view from different angles. The screen is also durable and scratch resistant thanks to Corning's Gorilla Glass 2 technology, which will make the screen tougher and thinner.
The tablet has an 8-megapixel camera on the back with LED flash, and a 2-megapixel front camera. By comparison, Apple's iPad has a 5-megapixel back camera and a VGA camera on the front.
The tablet offers 10 hours of battery life, but that can be extended to 16 hours with an optional keyboard dock. The dock has an extended battery built in and also makes the tablet a thin-and-light laptop with a full QWERTY keyboard. The tablet weights 586g, which goes up to 1.1kg with the dock.
The tablet offers up to 64GB of storage, and has a micro-SD card reader and a USB port. The tablet can be hooked up to a big-screen TV through an HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) port.
It is unclear what Transformer Infinity Pad models will ship first. However, Qualcomm recently revealed supply issues plaguing the S4 chips on the 28-nanometre manufacturing process, which could delay the launch of a 3G/4G version of the tablet.