After the success of its dual-core Transformer Pad tablet (named so because of the ability to switch between a tablet and netbook mode), ASUS released the world’s first quad-core (Nvidia Tegra 3) Android 4.0 tablet last year, the ASUS Transformer Prime.
ASUS followed up with a very impressive showing at the MWC 2012, featuring a lineup of “two and a half” tablets – the ASUS Padfone, Transformer Pad Infinity, and the Transformer Pad 300. After we got news about the pricing of the Padfone in Taiwan, we finally have some information on the European release dates and pricing of Asus trio’s of shape-shifting tablets. All the devices have been priced in Italy, and will likely get their price tags across all EU nations soon. Let’s take a look.
ASUS had been toying with the concept of a phone within a tablet within a netbook (Inception?) for over a year. But only with the seamless transition from portrait to landscape mode provided by Android 4.0, has this concept become a reality, in the form of the ASUS Padfone. The phone is comparable to other high-end Android device, with the added benefit of fitting into a tablet dock, now known as the Padfone Station, giving you the complete features of a tablet. The addition of the standard ASUS keyboard dock makes the tablet work as a netbook. While it might seem like you have two devices, this is not actually the case, as the “tablet” works only when the phone is docked.
The specifications of the Padfone are:
ASUS Padfone Release Date and Pricing – The Padfone, priced at €699 (approx. $915), is quite expensive. This also does not include the €149 ($195) keyboard dock. The device(s) will be available in stores by the end of May, with an LTE capable product available by September.
ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity was first seen at CES as the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF700T (and I thought the new name was long). This device is ASUS’ flagship tablet, with very impressive specs, including:
Release Date and Pricing – The Transformer Pad Infinity will be priced at €599 (~$780) excluding the keyboard dock, for the Wifi-only 64GB variant. This flagship tablet will be available from June 10.
The Transformer Pad 300 is the most budget-friendly ASUS tablet available. The price cut did not require too much of a compromise on specifications, which include:
Release date and pricing – The Transformer Pad 300 will be priced at €399 (~$519) for the Wifi-only and €499 (~$650) for the Wifi+3G version. It will be available mid-May in Europe. The 16GB variant of the device will be releasing in the US on April 22. There has been no official information on the pricing of the US release but is expected to be $399.
The Padfone and the Transformer Pad Infinity are clearly the cream of the crop, but they also comes with a hefty price-tag. With most consumers looking for easy-on-the-wallet options, the Transformer Pad 300 might likely be the best-selling option of the three. But can it compete with the slate of high-spec’d but budget-friendly ($250 – $500) tablets due to arrive in the market this summer?
What are your thoughts? Which of these three devices would be your choice? Is the high cost of the Padfone worth it?
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I am signing up for an Infinity right away!
I will love the Infinity when it comes out. Some people were saying that the LTE model was delayed. I don’t really care, because what’s the use of an LTE tablet without a carrier to carry it?
that is true, but i’m not really content with the wifi only version. Probably going to buy it anyway though.
I like the transformer 300, this 300 may mean something as it has bluetooth 3.0, which is fast enough to transmit video to other devices, and at a lower price point
Too much time to wait for that infinity..i`ll buy a motorbike since summer is comming… asus dissapointed me with that long waiting…. i`d might buy something cheap if i have any money left =] tho it would be amazing tablet… but not worth waiting for – my opinion
Does anyone know why they only have the Tegra 3 in the Wi-Fi only model of the Transformer Pad Infinity and not the 3G/4G model?
Anyway, I’ll be getting a PadFone because, even with the high price, it’ll save me about £1200 ($1900) compared with an iPad and iPhone over three years because it only requires one contract.
I believe it is because of 4G LTE capability. Nvidia Tegra 3 isn’t compatible with a LTE radio whereas Snapdragon S4 comes with integrated LTE. This swap was also seen in the international vs US release of the HTC One X.
Alteast they could have added 3g to the tegra 3 model…
Why dont you just get the wifi version and use your phone as a router for the tablet to run off of? Only one contract that way. And this way you can use your phone and tablet at the same time.
can the tablet be function itself although the phone leaves the tablet or nid to be attach all the time if wana use the tablet?
The price is also getting up there to the point I’ll probably just get the Samsung Slate 7 and be done with it. When full version win 8 comes out it’ll be boss. After you take the price of the new Infinity add the keyboard poof Slate 7 pricing.
The Transformer Pad 300 looks ripe for over clocking. Up the speed to 1.5,1.6 and its almost as good as the infinity.
S4 will probably offer better battery life. 28mn vs 40mn, dual core vs quad core, etc.
VIDEO DE UN PADFONE MIENTRAS SE ABRE Y DESTAPA SU CAJA
Seamos honestos, los videos de desembalaje de un teléfono pueden ser un poco aburridos, pero dudamos que alguien se aburra mientras mira el video de un ASUS Padfone cuando se desempaca.
VER MAS: http://www.esperalo.com/asus-padfone/#2
i think asus is always the best but i dont know why they are not so keen in adding 3 g on their tablets. The eee pad slider was a good idea but without 3g is no good
Asus pad pone for 699 euros!? thats insane , the samsung galaxy s3 is about 200 euros less and has a quad core processor!!
And is slower and cannot function with tablet or usb and hdmi simultaniously.
Go buy Samusungs not interresting crap
when is it going to be available in the US
It’s June and TF300 hasn’t come to EU?
The performance looks great but the price tag is a turn off as there are way too many options available for much much lesser price
i agree with oxgroth. other tablets are already being promised. windows 8 is up in the air. what is interesting is the new ipad 4 rumor. a slicker tablet that will probably b released in march of 2013 for a competitive price. apple won’t promise and not deliver. if they promise, u can expect delivery. js what i see from waiting on android.
A phone+tablet+keyboard for that price isnt too bad really
is the Asus Padfone available now in the Philippines? how much is that?