After a very exciting 2011, the high-end Android tablet market niche had a pretty uneventful (so as not to say boring) first half of 2012. There have only been a couple of interesting unveilings these past six months, and, until recently, we can’t say we saw any exciting 10-inchers hit the market.

However, we knew that we were only dealing with the calm before the storm and now, finally, the storm is unleashed! Acer’s Iconia Tab A700 has just started shipping in the US, Google and Samsung are prepping the launches of the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Note 10.1, and now the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 has a US release date.

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity will start selling across the States on July 16, according to official sources cited by Engadget, and the tablet’s pricing looks fair by all means. The 32 GB version will go for $499, while the 64 GB model will be made available for $599.

It’s true, Google’s Nexus 7 tablet will come at half of those prices, but remember we’re dealing here with probably the best 10-incher to ever hit the Android world. At least that’s how the Infinity looks on paper, with a beautiful 1900 x 1200 Super IPS+ LCD touchscreen, a 1.6 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1 GB of RAM, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and a 25 Wh battery.

Asus promised a 4G LTE-enabled version of the Infinity as well (powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, of course), but we don’t know when to expect that particular tablet to hit the US or the rest of the world.

Getting back to the Wi-Fi-only models expected to be made available in just three weeks (and counting), you should know that the Transfomer Pad Infinity will come with a optional dock which will probably be sold at around $149. However, the good news is that, if you’re the proud owner of an older Transformer TF201 tablet with a keyboard dock, you’ll be able to use the same dock for the new tablet.

The Transformer Pad TF700 will come with a couple of other “treats” as well, including a pretty great 8 MP rear-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus and LED flash, a 2-megapixel front-facing webcam, Bluetooth 3.0, a microSD card slot, HDMI, USB 2.0 and 8 GB of free lifetime cloud storage.

Don’t trust Engadget’s sources and need further confirmation that the Transformer Pad Infinity is coming really soon in the United States? Here’s a Best Buy online listing for the 64 GB Infinity! The 10-incher does appear as “sold out” for the time being, but this is yet another strong piece of evidence that the 10-incher will, in fact, start shipping in just a matter of weeks.

What say you, Android tablet lovers out there? Will you be going for the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, the Acer Iconia Tab A700, Google’s Nexus 7, or Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1?

  • The display on this particular tablet is absolutely stunning.

  • This is something I dream about :)))

  • Nic Gillespie

    I would be all for it had they teamed up with Ubuntu for Android, Probably just going to get the Nexus Tablet until that happens.

    • Blatantly Obviuos

      I have the original and run windows, via cloud, and Linux and everyone loves it. Only downside is people who want to pay nothing, get everything, and then pretend their comments make a difference!

      • Nic Gillespie

        or, maybe just maybe I would like to use linux no matter where I am and with datacaps that all these ISP use I dont want to stream a desktop. Personally I have no problem paying for my services, I would gladly pay more for a tablet that let me have Ubuntu and Android. So keep torrenting your girl on horse action and stop pretending you have a dime to your name.

  • J J

    i might consider this ASUS TF700, but leaning towards the ACER A700 for battery life. Though it seems the ASUS TF700 might have a better display & glass. Does the ACER A700 have IPS or SUPER IPS? will it have gorilla glass 2?

    • doesn’t have either IPS or Super IPS, I believe it does have GG2, the asus also has the keyboard dock for much improved battery life and has a few other advantages if you look carefully

    • gaterproof

      Go to PCWorld and look at benchmarks. Asus Kills the Acer. The Acer has the same chip SoC Tegra 1.3 used in the sub $200 Google tab. Reviews on Amazon already showing nasty light bleed and over heating. Acer has 25% failure rate in tablets. Acer=Cheap.

    • Sean Stanek

      the acer has an old tft lcd display still in it

    • HookedOnTabs

      You don’t want the Acer, Why, 1) no Super IPS+ display,2) NO 600 nits for sunlight,3) No aluminum case,4) No Tegra T33 cpu 1.6 clock,5) NO DDR3 1600mhz, in fact the Acer uses the T30 cpu 1.3 clock, and DDR2 ram 500mhz,. So really the Asus compared to the Acer actually has 3 times plusthe ram and the newer more efficient DDR3. 6) The face camera on the Asus is 2mp,7) the rear camera on the Asus is 8MP with auto focus F2.2 and has an added lens and flash.The reviews are showing the Acer is over heating, plus it’s an Acer, so known as “cheap: tablets”. So why would you pay $449 for the Acer and miss all the stuff I listed.$50 more buys the best Android tablet on the market, period. I just got call from Compusa, my Asus TF700T is shipping tomorrow arriving next day. I own the first TF101 and it has been great. Asus is fast fast fast with updates, got ICS months ago on the old Asus. Also read the TF700T will have Jelly Bean in maybe 5 weeks. Watch the Asus Gorilla Glass 2 test in this video. They bend it like 6 inches in a special machine. Too much to believe.

  • Felix9

    Ugggg… Why is it always a few more weeks? First it was Q2, then Late Q2, then June 25th, now July 16th. I was exstatic to see Best Buy having it up on the 24th. I thought “FINALLY! I can get a tablet I’ve been waiting almost a year to get!” But no… I’m very disapointed with how Asus handles launches of their products. Every time I feel led on.

    • AppleFUD

      yeah. . . Asus has had difficulty getting their Android devices out especially without problems.

    • Felix9

      Mother #er…! Best Buy, honestly…!
      They removed their TF700T page. Looks like we’ll be waiting once again. If Amazon releases at the same time I will DEFINITELY be ordering my tablet from them. NOT Best Buy.

  • J J

    is the USB on the tablet itself, or only on the optional keyboard dock?

    • Stoch

      USB on the keyboard dock, NOT the tablet. The dock also has a full sized SD slot. The tablet has a microSD slot and a microHDMI slot plus the charge port.

  • Roger

    Why is the keyboard so expensive? I’d be all over this if it was in the $30 range (they can make one without a battery). But at $150 it is just too much.

    • Try looking at the big picture

      Would it really matter, if they priced it at $0 you’d whine that it was too cheap. Here’s an idea, get a marker and an old wrapper from your mommies support hose draw a keyboard and pretend you save $150 bucks!

  • JohnSD

    at this point with no official word coming from ASUS. every report has the release date being pushed back by two week increments. I think this is vaporware. I’m tired of waiting… on to an ACTUAL product

    • Ken

      It’s been pushed back two weeks?!?! OMG VAPORWARE!!!!

      • Amused

        Really, they delay to ensure quality and the best they get is naysayers!

        Your better off with a windows platform, launched early and patched forever!

  • JunoWalker

    In regards to everyone’s questions I have some answers as I’ve done a ton of research. This is so far the most complete version of combining a tablet screen with a laptop body to date. Short of getting an actual tablet PC with an optional Bluetooth keyboard, this device is the slimmer more portable substitution. As for this device, the USB is on the keyboard dock only. The dock also acts as a second battery for the tablet and extends the life. The keyboard dock also has an SD card slot. When the tablet is connected to the keyboard dock the tablet is basically an Android OS run laptop like device. With the keyboard dock connected, you get about 15 or so hours of battery life. This is way more than any tablet PC as those are around 4 – 6 hours. Yes they are actual computers inside tablet bodies and can do anything a computer can cuz they run windows 7, however they are way more expensive and heavier. This is a cheaper more portable laptop like experience with the best Android tablet experience made to date.

    • Roger

      Do you know if the keyboard is bluetooth so it could also be used with other devices?

  • if i want to buy it the day it comes out how should i prepare myself. lol first tablet and i think im going ot jump on this one. if i wait for the 4g lte version , will i have to sign up for a monthly data plan ? i think ill just tether with my htc one x lol. the dock + the tablet seem way legit. cant wait ! do u guys think this will be outdated any time soon

  • TJ A.

    Do you think the price of the Prime will go down with the Infinity coming out?

    • Alaa AlSayed

      There’s another Prime on the way, so I’m guessing the original Prime’s price will go down when the newer one comes along.

  • Chris

    Wish they integrated Bluetooth 4 instead of 3. Other than that, awesome!

  • HookedOnTabs

    Refusing the bare bones Nexus 7 tomorrow with UPS driver as Google insists is the only way to cancel order.I was ready to replace it with the Excite 7.7. Then saw the TF700T showed available last night. Too much tablet to pass up for $499. Watched that 8 minutes video, I was hooked. They say Jelly Bean coming soon to Asus TF700T.
    Ordered from Compusa.

  • its 24july where is the damn tablet

  • fhernim

    Looks great! I bought the tf300 when it first came out and couldnt be happier! As good as the infinity is, i dont see it being worth the upgrade, but if someone is looking to buy a tablet now, this should definitely be their choice. Just make sure to read the cons mentioned in

  • AV

    Is there an Adobe Flash workaround?