The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 ( by the way, I really hate these 5-word long names, as they are not only unnecessary but potentially harmful for sales) has showed up on Office Depot’s online store as “in stock” for a $499.99 price.
Other retailers haven’t yet put the Pad Infinity for sale, so it’s possible this is just an error on Office Depot’s part, meaning that you probably won’t be able to order it anyway. The good news is that after a long delay, the TF700 will start rolling out very soon in all stores, and you’ll finally be able to get your hands on one.
What you’ll get for $500 is a quad core 1.6 Ghz Tegra 3 processor, a 10.1″ display with a 1920×1200 resolution (224 PPI), (meaning you’ll be able to watch 1080p videos at their native resolution), 32 GB of storage (double compared to the simiarly priced iPad), 1 GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, an 8 MP back camera, and 2 MP front-facing camera.
I expect the Snapdragon S4 LTE-based version to appear later, for a higher price. At the same time, the price of the original Transformer Prime (which is still selling for $499) will probably drop, and the same should happen for the Transformer Pad 300. If you’re looking for a really cheap tablet, and size doesn’t matter, then you can get the Nexus 7. If you want a decent 10-inch tablet, wait for the discounted Transformer Pad 300. Finally, if you are looking for something that can compete toe to toe with the iPad, get the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700.
Any way, Asus wins, because they are the ones making all these devices.