Transformer Pad TF502T appears on ASUS’ website, launching soon?
After a couple of months of rumors it looks like ASUS has made the Transformer Pad TF502T official by publishing a product page for the tablet on its Taiwanese website. Sadly, the new device seems to be just a repackaging of the TF600T, which ran Windows RT, but now with Android. The original rumors suggested that the TF502T would use the NVIDA Tegra 3 with 2GB of on-board RAM and feature a 1366 x 768 display. That all seems to be true.
What we also know now is that the display is Super IPS with screen brightening technology and is protected by Corning Fit Glass. The Super IPS display gives the tablet and impressive 178 degrees viewing angle and according to the ASUS the screen brightening technology allows the tablet to be used outdoors while maintaining readability. There is support for Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.0 and NFC. On the back there is a F/2.2 8MP camera with flash. On the front there is a 2MP sensor.
Interestingly the tablet also includes four speakers along with ASUS’ SonicMaster technology. The idea is that stereo sound can be enjoyed when using the tablet in landscape and portrait modes!
As for the Android version, don’t expect anything too new. It looks like ASUS are sticking with Android 4.2 even though it has started offering Android 4.3 for some of its devices. This is a little unexpected as since this is a “new” tablet (even though it is actually a repackage of a tablet released over a year ago), ASUS should launch with Android 4.3 or even Android 4.4.
Like all the tablets in the Transformer Pad range the TF502 can be coupled with a dock that includes a keyboard and some extra goodies like its own battery which charges the tablet’s internal battery when it drops below a set level. According to ASUS the tablet and dock together have a combined battery life of 16 hours.
The TF502T will come with a minimum of 32GB of internal storage and for those who want even more there will be a 64GB model available. There is no word on the price yet but it is expected that ASUS will launch the device officially at the Barcelona Mobile World Congress in February.