The New ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity - Computex 2013's Mobile Star

The New ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity: A Mobile Star in the making. Photo: ASUS

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2013 — ASUS fans have been anxiously waiting for Computex 2013, where the company was slated to unveil its latest mobile products. And boy did Asus deliver, with its ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity.

We have been waiting for ASUS’ return to the high-end tablet market since the ASUS Transformer Prime was released in December 2011. While some argue that the Transformer Pad Infinity was the company’s latest flagship tablet, the Infinity is actually a Transformer Prime with a considerably improved screen.

ASUS’ Computex press conference was jam packed with new announcements. From the budget quad core MeMO HD 7 (under $150) to the peculiar Fonepad Note FHD 6 and the Dual-CPU, Dual-OS, Dual-Everything Transformer Book Trio, the event had everything for everyone. However, the star of the party was, without a doubt, the manufacturer’s upcoming flaghsip tablet - the New Transformer Pad Infinity.

 

The New ASUS Transformer Pad Infintity

with the New ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity, the manufacturer has improved virtually on every little detail of the one year old Infinity.

Roaring under the new Infinity’s hood is an NVIDIA Tegra 4 System On A Chip (aka SoC) comprised of a 1.9GHz quad-core CPU (Central Processing Unit = processor) and a 72-core GeForce GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). By featuring the aforementioned SoC, the tablet joins a select group of unreleased devices like NVIDIA’s own Shield, HP’s SlateBook X2 or Toshiba’s AT10-A tablet. While rumors swirl that the Tegra 4 is not quite what its manufacturer hypes it up to be, consumers will not know for sure until the product hits the shelves.

Another highlight of the New Transformer Pad Infinity is the tablet’s magnificent screen - a 10.1 inch 2560 x 1600 LED-backlit IPS display (299 ppi - pixels per inch) with 178-degree wide viewing angles and 10-point multitouch support. Therefore, ASUS’ slate joins another VIP club: only the Nexus 10 delivers, at this point, such a high resolution display.

The New Infinity also features 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, an HDMI-out port capable of outputting 4K content, a 5 MP rear-facing camera coupled with a 1.2 MP front sensor, and Miracast support.

 

The Tablet and Its Keyboard Dock

But wait, that’s not all. What would a Transformer tablet be without a keyboard dock? New Infinty’s keyboard dock (which, by the way, has been “redesigned”, according to NVIDIA) will come with a built-in battery, a multi-touch pad, USB 3.0 support, and an SDXC card reader.

There are a few details that ASUS’ Chairman, Jonney Shih, did not reveal during the event. Among other things, he did not disclose the tablet’s dimensions (probably ASUS is still tinkering with the prototype), but most importantly, the release date and price of the New Transformer Pad infinity have not been announced. The tablet likely will cost around $500, with the keyboard dock likely priced at $100.

The New ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity shapes up to be a true Mobile Star.

What do you think? Are you interested? Did you already set your sights on another slate? Let us know in the comments section.

 


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