It seems that it was announced an eternity ago, but Asus has finally confirmed the UK release date of the eagerly awaited Transformer Pad Infinity tablet.
Although we think it’s going to be an awesome machine, its recommended retail price of £599.99 is a little more than we anticipated, although the sweet combination of a high res 1920 x 1200 screen, powerful CPU and bundled keyboard dock may still form a temptingly compelling package.
Asus say that the Transformer TF700 will be hoisted up on to Amazon’s shelves on August 31st, with just under 600 British notes buying you the spacious 64GB configuration.
We were extremely impressed with its predecessor, the ASUS Transformer Pad Prime, and we expect there may be some frantic wallet twitching come the end of August.
Scroll on down for the promo video, spec and press release:
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity specs:
Android™ (1) 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)
Qualcomm® MSM 8260A Snapdragon™ S4 Krait Dual-core 1.5Ghz CPU(3G )
NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Quad-core T33@ 1.6GHz (WIFI)
263 × 180.8 × 8.5mm, 598g
Amethyst Gray, Champagne Gold
Memory: DDR3L 1GB / Storage: 32/64GB
8GB of ASUS WebStorage for life
802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0, A2DP
10.1″ WUXGA Full HD (1920 × 1200) LED Backlit screen with 10-finger multi-touch,
Super IPS+ display with 600 nits brightness
Rear 8MP Auto-focus w/LED Flash, F/2.2 Aperture, 1080p video recording
Front 2MP for video conferencing
2-in-1 Audio Jack (Head Phone / Mic-in) /
1 × Micro-D HDMI 1.4a port / 1 × microSD Card Slot /
Dual microphone / 1 × Stereo Speaker
Pad only: 25Wh – 9.5 hours*
Pad + Dock: 25Wh+ 19.5Wh – 14 hours*
G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass
Here’s the full press release.
ASUS Sets Benchmark for Mobile Entertainment with the Transformer Pad Infinity
Experience entertainment like never before in glorious Full HD
On sale at Amazon from 31st August 2012 for only £599.99
United Kingdom, (July 23rd 2012) – First unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity is the world’s first Full HD Android™ tablet and sets a new benchmark for mobile entertainment. Featuring a Full HD 1920 x 1200 Super IPS+ display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2, ASUS SonicMaster technology, Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and an incredibly thin design complete with our exclusive metallic spun finish, the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity is the perfect companion for the heavy media consumer who is constantly on the move. It’s not all play with the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity though as the unique detachable Mobile Dock accessory transforms it from a tablet into a notebook. When docked, total battery life is rated at 14 hours and productivity is increased with the full QWERTY keyboard, multi-touch touchpad and USB/SD card ports.
At the heart of the Transformer Pad Infinity is NVIDIA®’s Tegra® 3 T33 4-PLUS-1™ quad-core CPU, which also contains a 12-core GeForce® GPU. The extra battery-saver core on the CPU handles low-power tasks such as active standby, music and video, and is transparent to the OS and applications. Running at 1.6GHz, the Transformer Pad Infinity’s quad-core processor drives the incredible Full HD experience, while the display’s 16:10 aspect ratio, 1920 x 1200 native resolution and wide 178-degree viewing angle means it’s perfect for watching Full HD video, playing the latest HD games and also browsing the web – both indoors and outdoors, thanks to the ultra-bright Super IPS+ technology built into the display.
Completing the Transformer Pad Infinity’s armory of entertainment-rich features is ASUS SonicMaster audio technology. Tuned by the ASUS Golden Ear team, SonicMaster Sound technology features a combination of advanced hardware and software designed to deliver immersive and lifelike audio.
The Transformer Pad Infinity features the gorgeous metallic spun finish that characterizes the ASUS Zen philosophy first unveiled with the ZENBOOK™ and Transformer Pad Prime, and comes in two stylish colors: Amethyst Gray and Champagne Gold. Thanks to the forged aluminum construction, the Transformer Pad Infinity is just 8.5mm thin and weighs only 598g, meaning it can easily be carried around all day. When combined with the ASUS exclusive Mobile Dock, the Infinity turns into a productivity workstation with up to 14 hours of extended battery life – the full QWERTY keyboard and multi-touch touchpad deliver a true notebook experience, while the USB port and SD card slot provide additional storage options for the business-focused user.
An excellent 8MP rear camera with auto-focus and an LED flash allows the Transformer Pad Infinity to take sharp, vibrant and highly detailed photos thanks to its large F/2.2 aperture, 5-element lens, back-illuminated CMOS sensor, touch-to-focus capabilities, shallow depth of field, low light noise reduction and a wide 75-degree angle of view (28mm equivalent focal length). The rear camera also has the ability to record Full HD 1080p video at 30fps, while the 2MP front camera is ideally suited to video conferencing. With 32GB or 64GB of internal memory, 8GB of free storage on ASUS WebStorage for life, and a variety of external storage options, Transformer Pad Infinity users will be able to store and share their memories anytime, anywhere.
Running the Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity offers unrivaled performance and flexibility with advanced multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens and deep interactivity. Combining this with the blisteringly fast NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, Full HD Super IPS+ display, the ultra-slim design and beautiful metallic spun finish makes the Transformer Pad Infinity the perfect mobile entertainment companion.