The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity: 1920 x 1200 Display, Krait Optionalby Anand Lal Shimpi on February 27, 2012 5:30 AM EST
The Eee Pad brand is gone, ASUS has officially reduced it to just Transformer Pad. One of the first tablets to carry the new Transformer Pad brand is one we saw at CES. Back then it was known as the Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF700T, but now it's simply the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity.
Equipped with a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ 1920 x 1200 display, the Transformer Pad Infinity is ASUS' new high-end Android tablet. The WiFi version will ship with a 1.6GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC, a speed bump up from the 1.3-1.4GHz part that shipped in the original TF Prime. The big surprirse is the 3G/4G LTE version will use a Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 based on Qualcomm's new 28nm Krait architecture. According to ASUS' specs, the Infinity gets a 13.6% increase in battery capacity compared to the Transformer Prime - probably to help offset the increased power consumption from lighting the 2.3MP display.
The TF Pad Infinity is slightly thicker than the TF Prime but the dimensions and weight apparently remain unchanged. The aluminum body is still available in two colors: amethyst grey and champagne gold. Just as we saw at CES, there's a plastic RF window strip across the back of the tablet to improve WiFi/GPS reception.
The TF Pad Infinity is also available with an optional mobile dock featuring an additional 22Whr battery. The dock measures 263mm x 180.8mm x 8 - 10.4mm and weighs 537g.
We're expecting pricing to be north of $599 depending on capacity and wireless connectivity. Although NVIDIA's Tegra 3 seemed to handle the higher resolution of the Infinity fine at CES, the Snapdragon S4 version could be even smoother thanks to its dual-channel memory controller. Expect availability to be limited based on panel supply, at least early on.
|Tablet Specification Comparison|
|ASUS Eee Pad Transformer||ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime||ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity||Apple iPad 2|
|Dimensions||271mm x 175mm x 12.95mm||263 x 180.8 x 8.3mm||263 x 180.8 x 8.5mm||241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8mm|
|Display||10.1-inch 1280 x 800||10.1-inch 1280 x 800 Super IPS+||10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 Super IPS+||9.7-inch 1024 x 768 IPS|
|Processor||1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 (2 x Cortex A9)||1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 (4 x Cortex A9)||
3G/4G LTE - 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 (2 x Krait)
WiFi - 1.6GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 T33 (4 x Cortex A9)
|1GHz Apple A5 (2 x Cortex A9)|
|Storage||16GB + microSD card||32GB/64GB + microSD slot||16GB - 64GB||16GB|
|Pricing||$399||$499/$599||$599 - $799 est||$499|
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prophet001 - Monday, February 27, 2012 - linkNever mind. Just read the review from last week. The Qualcomm chip is a beast.
tipoo - Monday, April 2, 2012 - linkKrait. Read the Anandtech Krait preview, its per-core performance is often over double Tegra 3's, so the latter can only compete in tasks which get all 4 cores going which are very few in number right now.
piroroadkill - Monday, February 27, 2012 - linkI just think a 28nm dual core with a better architecture is going to be a great choice.
I don't really see what we need quad cores on a toy tablet for anyway.
Astounding - Sunday, March 4, 2012 - linkBecause you're an imbecile.
KitsuneKnight - Monday, February 27, 2012 - linkASUS originally said about the first Transformer that the dock would be compatible with all future 'Transformer' products... and then it wasn't with the Prime. So is the Infinity compatible with either of the previous docks, or was ASUS's promise simply a load of BS?
solipsism - Monday, February 27, 2012 - linkWhat are the differences between IPS and Super IPS+?
mcnabney - Monday, February 27, 2012 - linkThe 'super' variant provides off-angle viewing without a color shift. The '+' indicates a high brightness mode that is generally only used outdoors since it sucks the battery and is generally not needed in environments that aren't exceedingly bright.
gerryka - Thursday, March 8, 2012 - linkYou really want to tell us that IPS in and of itself cannot provide off-angle viewing without a color shift?
I really don't think all those IPS displays in desktop monitors are Super-IPS and nonetheless provide 178/178 degrees of color-shift-free images.
lilmoe - Monday, February 27, 2012 - linkI seriously doubt the GPUs on BOTH SoC variants can drive a smooth experience throughout with various workloads on that high resolution (since the UI is hardware-accelerated)... the SGX543MP2 was needed on the iPad2 to get 1024x768 to run a smooth 60fps... the cpus, on the other hand, should be just fine (probably more than enough)...
I believe they should stick with the Transformer Prime (1280x800) for now with its Tegra3, and delay those products till the Adreno 320 is ready for production... They might as well unite the platforms on these releases, where mainstream transformers use quad core T3, and the Infinity transformers use quad-core krait (with LTE)
Brazjion - Sunday, May 13, 2012 - linkWhere can i order or preorder one of the above...why is it so hard to get an ASUS?
ASUS needs to have easier access they are losing good customers....due to our impatience.
However...I will wait....lol