ASUS Transformer Pad Tablet Launches In Australia With $499 Price Tag

The Transformer Pad TF300T has launched in Australia with a starting price of $499, which is only a couple of hundred dollars less than its highly rated big brother, the Transformer Prime. ASUS has sacrificed a few things to squeeze it into the sub-$500 category, but the Transformer Pad still has plenty to brag about.

The Transformer Pad has a lot in common with the slightly older Transformer Prime — both have NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processors, 1GB RAM, an 8MP rear camera (but not flash), a 1.2MP front camera and an optional keyboard dock for an extra $100. While the guts remain largely the same, the screen on the 10.1-inch 1280x800 Transformer Pad has been downgraded to an IPS panel, storage is limited to 32GB, and the metallic finish has been swapped for plastic.

Despite losing some of the high-end features, the Transformer Pad has plenty of other things going for it. It's a little fatter than the iPad 2 but weighs a little less at 635g. The battery is also a bit smaller than the one in the Transformer Prime, but it still claims a run of 10 hours, or 15 hours if you stick it into the dock. It comes with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), 12-core GeForce GPU, full HD 1080p video playback, SonicMaster audio technology and your choice of red, white or blue finishes.

The only potential dealbreaker is that it's Wi-Fi only. ASUS said earlier this year that the rise of tethering doesn't justify the adoption of a second 3G device, but it seems to have changed its mind with the release of an LTE version of the Transformer Prime. The odds of a 4G Transformer Pad appear to be pretty slim though, so if you want a quad-core Android tablet on a budget, this is about as good as it'll get for now. ASUS says the Transformer Pad will be available this week from the usual retailers. Who's keen? [ASUS]


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    Looks like it could easily slot in as the best Android tablet on the market, purely from a cost:performance standpoint. I'm intrigued.

    I currently have an original 16gb Transformer, can someone give me a quick rundown on how this one differs? Might get one for the missus.

      Much faster guts, you'll notice smoothness really increases on this compared to the original transformer. If you buy the dock with it, you'll also notice the whole package is slimmer than the original, less boxy.

      Yeah I've got the original and it seems that the biggest difference is the CPU and the rear camera. Still a nice price for this spec though. Personally I think I'll wait for a decent Win 8 tablet with a touch screen., so my old one with keyboard will suffice for now. Hmmm I wonder if my keyboard will work on this one though...

    full HD 1080p playback from a 1280x800 screen?

      through the HDMI out
      or DLNA streaming

      They have been teasing an upcoming (TF700 I think) that has a 1080p screen. I'd be hanging for that unless price is the biggest driver.

        True.
        That's all I want, either a tablet or ultrabook, for lack of a better term, with a 1080(p/i?) screen.

          **talbet with transformer-eque keyboard/battery attachment**

    Opinions on this over the new 16g wifi ipad?

      You're evidently bad at making your own decisions, so iPad.

      Games: iPad
      Productivity (heavy typing, managing files, etc), Transformer
      Web Browsing, Music Playback, General Media Handling: Much of a muchness.

    I have the old transformer and i didn't get the dock at the time. does anyone know where i can get the dock by itself, would the new dock fit ?

      The docks from old and new models are not compatible, due to dimensional differences. You can buy a dock for the old model in a number of places - eBay would be a good start, or Google will be your friend elsewhere.

    You can get docks on ebay -

    I have a TF101 and my step dad has a prime, I've used both and really didn't find much difference between the two. If you want a cheap option go the TF101 I got mine with a dock for $350 and there is nothing you can do on the prime that you can't do on the TF101.

    If you have the money wait for the 1080i/p version.

    1080i/p over HDMI on the TF101 can have some issues with smoothness but it's normally solved by reboot to clear memory or using a different player - Some players work better on different formats.

    If I'm use the tablet to watch movies it's generally not over HDMI away so no issue. I have a media player to watch movies on a TV

    no point with a 3G version, just tether it out of your phone. The Galaxy S3 can become the wireless router as such.

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    They're out. I bought one from Jb Hi-fi in Melbourne on the 22nd. Been extremely happy with it, compared it's WiFi performance to the big brother Prime (which is known to have WiFi issues due to metal case) and it picked up twice as many wireless networks in the building as well as better reception. With comparable performance to the Prime, it was a no brainer.

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