The Transformer line of tablets has been very successful for ASUS. With an innovative form factor, timely software updates, and stout hardware, these tablets have garnered quite a following. ASUS has now decided to take the Transformer Prime upmarket with the TF700T. What’s under the hood? Primo specs like Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 platform, Android 4.0 right out of the box, 1080p playback capability, and dual cameras: 8 MP on the back and a 2 MP cam on the front.
You’ll be viewing those photos and movies on a premium display too, a “Super IPS+” display with a resolution that shames many Windows laptops: 1,920 x 1,200. It’ll work with the keyboard dock from the original Prime which remains unchanged, and the tablet itself weighs about a pound. The new premium priced Prime also addresses two issues that affect the standard model. There’s a revised back cover that allows for better GPS and Wi-Fi reception, something that was criticized for being a bit weak on the original.
And premium priced is what the TF700T is. The 32 GB model starts at $599 with the 64 GB model selling for 100 bucks more, and that’s not including the keyboard dock. That’s very ambitious pricing when the iPad 2 (which to many remains the tablet benchmark, regardless of feature set) starts at 100 bucks less.
The original Transformer Prime will remain on sale as a budget alternative.
Perhaps slightly bigger news was ASUS and nvidia’s revelation that the 7 inch MeMO 370T tablet would have a starting MSRP of only $249. The 370T rocks surprisingly high-end components for a budget priced tablet, a quad-core Tegra 3 chip and a 8 megapixel camera. A release date hasn’t been given.