Monday, 27 February 2012

MWC 2012: ASUS Transformer Pad 300 Series Tablet Exposed

We've caught a glimpse of that beast that ASUS outfitted with a 1,920 x 1,200 IPS display and now, we're taking a close look at the other Transformer Pad that the company has built.

The Transformer Pad 300 Series currently has a single member, but we already know that more pads are coming.

That said, the newcomer is just what one would expect from a company that gave us the Eee Pad Transformer Prime (disregarding the infuriating “restarts every 2 minutes” issue that only recently got resolved).

Exhibiting what ASUS has begun to call “2-in-1 innovation”, it, like its predecessors, gets to switch between tablet and notebook roles thanks to an optional dock.

The NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core 4-PLUS-1 platform lies at its heart, backed up by 1 GB of RAM (random access memory).

Meanwhile, the amount of built-in storage space is 16 GB.

Moving on, the display, with a diagonal of 10.1 inches, possesses a native resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, plus LED backlighting and, due to the IPS panel technology, viewing angles of 178 degrees.

Furthermore, ASUS implemented 10-finger multitouch. Given that one can't easily fit so many fingers on the screen surface at any one time, this is more than sufficient.

ASUS has prepared three color options for its newest creation: white, blue and red.

All of them get dual-webcams (1.2 MP front, 8MP at the back), Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, G-sensors, gyroscopes, e-compasses and light sensors.

Finally, the battery life is of up to 10 hours, or 15 hours when the dock is added. Android 4.0 ice Cream Sandwich is the operating system.

Unfortunately, we have no prices or availability details to provide at this time. Given general eagerness of companies and consumers, though, we suspect it won't take overly long for shops to get it, so stay tuned for further developments and keep an eye on your local retailer.

Note: Fellow editors Cosmin Vasile and Sorin Nita are on the floor at the 2012 MWC trade show and are keeping us posted with pictures and live reports on the latest product previews and launches.

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