You’ve got to hand it to Asus: their precocity brought quality to an Android tablet market previously relegated to cheap, underpowered, plastic nastiness. Though the company is perhaps best known for the Nexus 7, the Google-branded budget tablet, its first blockbuster brand catered almost exclusively to spec enthusiasts, packing then high-end internals into a 10-inch form factor. Despite quality control issues, they proved a favorite of Googlers and bleeding edge tech adopters alike. It comes as no surprise, then, that Asus released follow-up devices to continue to fill that profitable niche, most recently the Transformer Pad TF300 and Transformer Pad Infinity. The company’s latest offering might be just around the corner: Asus intends to reveal a new Transformer Pad on September 4th, according to the company’s Facebook page.
Most likely, the tablet is the Transformer Pad Infinity model Asus revealed in June – the Infinity line hasn’t seen refresh since last July. According to information the company provided at this year’s Computex, the new Transformer Pad Infinity features an impressive 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 IPS display, a 4K-capable HDMI-out port, USB 3.0, a 5-megapixel rear shooter, and 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. Internally, the tablet sports a Tegra 4 SoC, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage expandable via SD card slot. A redesigned QWERTY keyboard dock provides additional juice and extra ports, and will be available bundled for $499. (The tablet alone will retail for $399.)
Asus has a solid reputation for producing quality Android tablets, so the teaser is certainly something to get excited about. Are you in the market for a new 10-inch, Tegra tablet? Are you considering Asus’s offering? Let us know.