Exclusive: ASUS representative confirms the Google tablet, Padfone and Pad Infinity LTE coming to AT&T

June 9, 2012

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    We’ve been hearing for a long while now about the fabled Google tablet, presumably called the Nexus 7.

    The 7-inch slate will be powered by Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 chip and will be manufactured by ASUS. Perhaps the most important tidbit we’ve learned so far about the Google tablet is its pricing, which will supposedly be in the $150-$250 range. Now that we’ve seen Nvidia’s Kai platform and Acer’s Iconia Tab 110, the $200 price tag seems increasingly probable.

    The general consensus is that Google will launch the Nexus tablet at the Google I/O conference taking place in San Francisco at the end of June. But up until now, all we’ve got was speculations and circumstantial evidence.

    Now, we are able to confirm to you that ASUS is indeed partnering with Google for the Nexus tablet. An ASUS representative, who wished to remain anonymous, told us during COMPUTEX that the Google tablet will come by the end of June, and that can only mean one thing – Google I/O.

    Unfortunately, that’s all we were able to get from the rep, besides the assurance that “it will be awesome”. Not much news really, but it’s always good to hear it from an insider.

    The next piece of info that we got is a little more specific. ASUS is in talks with US carriers to bring the Padfone stateside. The bad news is carriers hate it (somehow expected, those tethering fees are basically free money) and, so far, only AT&T is willing to give it a try. Things are going slow on this front, said the ASUS rep.

    Moving on, the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) is coming by the end of June in both a WiFi only and an LTE version, which will be picked up by AT&T. We suspected for a while that the Pad Infinity would come on AT&T, based on an appearance that the slate made on FCC. Now we know for sure. We’ve been told that Asus encountered production issues with upstream suppliers, but they are now solved and all the pieces are falling into place for the TF700 launch. The pad will go for $499 but we are not sure if that’s the price of the WiFi-only version or of the LTE version.

    This summer is shaping up to be sizzling hot and ASUS’ creations are just a part of it. Don’t worry though, we don’t take vacations at Android Authority. We’ll be here to report on everything!

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    • AppleFUD

      Much rather see the quad-core Exynos in the Nexus Tablet than the Tegra 3 but I guess Samsung is too busy making chips for apple to be able to supply any to anyone else :(

      • Gatorproof

        You didn’t hear? Apple dropped a 10 Billion dollar order with Sammy and dropped Sammys stock 6%. Too many lawsuits?

        • AppleFUD

          did not hear that. . .will check it out. Still Sammy is having difficulty keeping chip production up to meet demand.


        • AppleFUD

          Checked out that “story.” Nothing but a rumor, no wonder I didn’t hear about it — I have a tendency to skip rumors.

          The rumor is so bad that they have apple buying the chips form a bankrupt manufacturer.

    • adi19956

      cannot wait for the Padfone

      • http://www.xbmc.org NineT9

        Dang sad news on padfone, they had announced a September/October release date, with the slow moving due to the US carriers, it might be here even later, like December at the least I’m guessing… By then it will be too outdated to be a big hit…

        So if you want a padfone, buy one now, from tawain.

        • adi19956

          you mistook me for an American, that never happens in the UK

      • tek

        I to cannot wait for the padfone, I am so tired of my iphone4…never again…never again!

    • wu tang clan

      Awe Man I was looking forward the padfone going to T-mobile I hate att. I guess I can buy the padfone and the tablet and unlock but I hate seeing the att logo on the phone.
      But I wish they announced the nexus tablet I been holding back from buying a tablet especially the Samsung galaxy tab plus

    • http://www.facebook.com/CristiCo Cristian Cocos

      One thing I wish for the TF700: please get rid of that awful 16:9 format! That does NOT work for tablets!!!! Please make it 4:3 or at least 3:2!

      • Kari

        Why would you get rid of the widescreen format? That is one of the main points of the tablet, to display complete 1080p once you put it in 4:3 then it looks crappy with black bars and less of the screen taken up. If you want 4:3 then you can go to apple, its right across the street :P

      • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.yager Joseph A. Yager

        Why do you think it doesn’t work?

      • ZubenElgenubi

        I can’t understand you, the 16:9 format is the best for almost all functions (gaming, HD video playing, camera, UI).

      • Panther6834

        I’d ask if you have bothered to notice that pretty much ALL tablets, no matter what their size, have a 16:9 format, but in doing so, I’d be asking a stupid question, because it’s obvious you haven’t bothered looking.

      • me987654

        4:3 is terrible for video. I laugh everytime i see someone with an ipad watching horribly letterboxed video. The widescreen format is FAR superior

    • Tek

      It’s already June 17, if the Infinity TF700 series is coming out this month wouldn’t ASUS have announced it by now? Whats the old up, I’ve been waiting for half a year now.

    • SPOGGS

      FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH; Per ASUS on June 22nd, the TF700T Infinity (as well as most devices shown at CES & Computex) JUST went into production for the U.S., THIS WEEK and “WILL BE RELEASED SOON”
      They simply will not provide a date.
      Speculation..and that’s all it is…says mid July. This is a direct quote from an ASUS rep.

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    • NightTrader

      Sure hope the Infinity 700 LTE comes to Verizon. Seems like a shame to only have it on such a limited LTE network like AT&T.

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    • john

      Sick tablets, can’t wait!

      Samsung Galaxy S5

    • john