ASUS Transfomer Pad Infinity

A respectable bump in internals and design to the previous model

ASUS is currently giving its keynote presentation at Computex 2013 in Taipei where it has just rolled out the first of a few new Android devices, the refreshed and redesigned Transformer Pad Infinity. Although the device was only quickly flashed on-stage, it seems to fall in line with the same design as the original -- which makes sense as it shares a name with the previous version of the tablet. We're looking at a standard 10-inch tablet body with a keyboard dock that folds down in a clamshell like a laptop. As for the specs, here's the breakdown of what we know at this point:

  • 10-inch 2560x1600 IPS display with 178-degree viewing angle
  • 1.9GHz Tegra 4 CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage, expandable by SDcard
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wifi
  • USB 3.0 port
  • 4K video output over HDMI

The story here seems to be all about the serious bump up in specs from the previous version, and less about the external hardware. With specs like that we're not going to complain either. We'll be bringing you more information -- such as more detailed pictures -- as soon as they become available.

 

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ASUS announces the new Transfomer Pad Infinity at Computex 2013

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Nice - hopefully we'll finally see a totally lag free non-Nexus tab.

What I don't understand is the need for 4k output, how many people actually own a 4k TV?

Hopefully it can use the current TF700 keyboard attachment. Please don't ask me to buy another keyboard.

All of the Transformer models thus far have required their own keyboard attachment. Considering this has USB 3.0,that's new tech not seen in previous models. New dock required. Would have been required regardless.

The way I understand it, all Transformer docks are functionally compatible with all Transformer tablets. The difference is in the sizes of the tablets and docks. You can use the Prime dock with the TF700, but it won't fit correctly. Same with using the TF300T dock.

The TF300 dock is different, but as far as I know, the Prime dock and TF700 dock are IDENTICAL.

MOST IMPORTANTLY - did they fix the connection between the dock and tablet. I have had 3 700's and the Keyboard connection broke on all 3. I hardly move it around and am very gentle with my tablet. I dont understand how this could happen unless its a defect. Sure hope its been fixed.

I can't even begin to tell you how disappointed I am in Asus for the support I received on my TF700. I bought it from Amazon when it came out. In all those months, I had to send either the dock, the tablet, or both in 4 times. That's right. I sent them in 4 times. The keys on the keyboard would just stop working. They send the stuff back and I have no idea what they even did. Then it stops working each and every time. I *finally* got it back a week or two ago and it's been working since. I believe they went me refurbished units this time. I flat out told them the last time that I wanted my money back and they said they couldn't do that. I told them that if I owned an iPad with a problem like this, it would have been replaced at the Apple Store immediately. I don't think they were too happy after I made that comment.

In all these months of owning the stupid TF700, I literally have probably a total of 1 month's use on it. It's ridiculous. It was the worst $600 I have ever spent on anything in my entire life. I might as well have flushed the $600 down the toilet. And it was actually more than $600 because I paid shipping two times to send the stupid thing back. I have never been offered anything more than the refurb units I got sent back. That's what I spent my $600+ on.

I've always loved Asus products. I never used anything else when building PC's back in the day. This is the first time I've had to use their support and it was so extremely disappointing that I may never buy an Asus product again. And it's sad really because they have good ideas and think outside the box.

I had a similar experience with appallingly low build quality on a transformer. No way I will go down that road again.

Are you serious? The Transformer Pads are made of aluminum and are as well built as iPads. Expect this to cost aroung $600 w/o the Dock or 700-750 in Bundle.

The original Infinity didn't have the Full HD Display. The Successor did and Does still cost that much! I'm just saying that the transformer will most definately NOT be less expensive than it's predacessor. Don't get me wrong, this will be an awesome Tablet, but it will have it's price.

and with that you just agreed with my post $450 for tablet and $150 docking you posted a link with a combo of both for $600...LOL......it will come out at $500 watch

Not $600, but €600 and it cost €699 when it first came out ;-)

We'll see. I'd be all over it for €600 Bundle price, but I still think it will be a bit more. Mighty snappy device never the less....

Not $600, but €600 and it cost €699 when it first came out ;-)

We'll see. I'd be all over it for €600 Bundle price, but I still think it will be a bit more. Mighty snappy device never the less....

Aluminum makes for bad times for WiFi reception and GPS.. ask Asus, they're pros now.

That said.. if this thing is $600 out the door, consider it DOA.

agreed....my sons Samsung has way better connectivity throughout the house, but I wanted the incredible screen since I'm always extremely near a WiFi connection...With a phone hell no I wouldn't want an aluminum phone....simply put when in an elevator surrounded by metal do you get better signal? NO that's why the iPhone has the most dropped calls than any other smart phone

The price will be the deciding factor. HP has already announced it will be releasing a similar device/specs for less than $500 called the Slate X2 due out in August.

I would like to see the Nexus10 vs the redesigned Transformer Pad Infinity :P

I really love the Nexus10

The acid test here for me is the storage performance. I had an Infinity before I returned it and got a Nexus 10 because of the extremely laggy performance caused by the slow storage. If they fix that (and price it right), this could be a winner.

Just small points really. Because of the keyboard, my budget TF300 now get used more than both my PCs combined. But I get occasional tiny black dots (seemingly behind the glass). What is that, does anybody know? Also I think the ASUS firmware can be tricky, possibly its the keyboard dock issue.

The transformer format really works for me, but the cheap one was always a short term solution. Perhaps ASUS need to evolve this idea a bit more before it can be a long term solution; a specification bump is not enough. I think the docking mechanism and some of the firmware needs at least one more serious iteration before its really solid.

It'd be nice if the quality control was nailed from the start, rather than the usual three months that it takes Asus to get its act together with every new tab.