First unveiled at CES 2011, the 10-inch Asus Transformer TF101 was a break through tablet for Asus. This was the first Transformer tablet and was a big success. The Asus TF101 looks just like a laptop when seated in the keyboard dock. When you look back at the history of tablets and where things are at today with hybrid convertible 2-in-1 laptop combos, you must give credit to Asus. The Transformer TF101 is what really put this design into the mainstream. Asus continued to push hard with this 2-in-1 design which ultimately led to competitors getting onboard and releasing their own models with similar functionality.
Nvidia Tegra 2 (1.0GHz Dual Core) CPU
Display is a 10.1" LED Backlight screen
1280 x 800 resolution
10 finger mult-touch
2-in-1 audio jack (headphone/mic-in)
1 mini HDMI 1.3a
1 micro SD card reader
1 internal microphone
dual SRS premium sound speakers
weighs 680g with battery
size is 271 x 177 x 12.98mm
Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system (upgradeable to JB)
1G DDR2 RAM
16GB/32GB + 1 year Unlimited ASUS Webstorage
1.2 mega pixel front facing camera
5.0 mega pixel rear facing camera with auto focus
g-sensor, light sensor, gyroscope, e-compass, GPS
9.5 hours battery life with 24.4Wh battery
16 hours battery life with dock
Asus updated the TF101 Transformer with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, and also has the the Android Jelly Bean update.
if you want to save some money then buy the Eee Pad Transformer in the bundle with the Eee Station dock
getting the smaller 16GB model is the most popular
there were 4 different variations being sold.
The following Asus Transformer models were available to buy:
Tablet Only – 16GB (TF101 – A1)
Asus Transformer Bundle – 16GB (TF101 – A2)
Tablet Only – 32GB (TF101 – B1)
Asus Transformer Bundle – 32GB (TF101 – B2)
Asus Eee Station Keyboard Dock
The Asus Transformer 3G, was made available only in Europe countries including Italy, Germany and France.
February 23, 2012 - Asus releases the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to the Transformer TF101.
The 10-inch Asus Slider SL101 tablet features a connected keyboard which tucks under the screen when not in use. The Slider tablet was unveiled during the initial thrust at CES 2011. The design didn't really appeal to the general public and there was only this one initial SL101 release. At no time has Asus been rumored to be working on a next generation Slider tablet. At this time of the first unveiling, no other comapnies had displayed the innovation and courage to release a device such as the Slider. There have been a few imitations since, but Asus were the innovators. With the success of the Tranformer tablets, Asus decided it was a superior and more popular choice than what the Slider SL101 could offer. When the Slider tablet was first teased by Asus, it was named the EP102, which was later changed to SL101. After the initial teasing at CES 2011, Asus was delayed in bringing the Slider tablet to market. Asus showed it off at Computex 2011 in May, and finally around June of that year, the tablet was released globally. At the time, the Transformer was a smashing success and likely played a role in Asus delaying the release of the Slider tablet.
10.1" LED backlight screen with IPS
1280 x 800 resolution
10 fingers multi touch
built in QWERTY keyboard
Android 3.1 Honeycomb
Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor
1GB of DDR2 memory
16GB or 32GB EMMC + Unlimited Asus webstorage
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
1.2MP front facing camera
5MP auto focus rear facing camera
8 hours; 25Wh Li-polymer battery
273mm(W) x 180.3mm(D) x 17.3mm~18.3mm(H)
960 grams weight with battery
G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gryoscope, E-compass, GPS, 2 in 1 audio jack, 1 mini HDMI, 1 micro SD card reader, internal microphone, 1 USB 2.0 port, stereo speakers
colors - white or brown
the specifications of the Asus Eee Pad Slider are virtually identical to the Asus Eee Pad Transformer
the Eee Pad Slider has an attached full QWERTY keyboard that slides out from the bottom of the tablet
there are 2 different configurations available aside from the color. There is a 16GB model and a 32GB model.
relase date price was $479 for the 16GB Slider and $579 for the 32GB model.
on Amazon.com, the Eee Pad Slider has a 4 out of 4 stars rating from 4 customers who have purchased it.
During the initial rollout of Asus tablets, the MeMO 171 was known as the Eee Pad EP71. It was in early January 2010 that Asus went with the MeMO 171 name for this tablet. The 7-inch Asus MeMO 171 saw a limited release and was available in the Asia market. The MeMO 171 has a stylus and a headset named MeMIC. The MeMO tablet was originally part of the Asus CES 2011 tablet bonanza. It was unveiled as the EP71 and was 7.1-inches with digital stylus input. At CES 2011 it was very well received and the popular technology site Engadget considered it their favorite tablet at the time. With the January 2011 unveiling, it was quite some time for the MeMO to be released. At Computex 2011 in May, not only was there the MeMO 171, but there was also a 3D version that Asus displayed during the show. So Asus showed of the MeMO 171 plus the new, never before seen model, the MeMO 3D. How jam packed full of features is the MeMO 171? It not only has a digital stylus, but it also was 3G enabled for taking phone calls via the Bluetooth MeMIC headset. The only sad part for consumers is that it was a limited market release which meant Asia got to enjoy this tablet and the rest of the world missed out on it.
The 10-inch Asus Transformer TF201, also known as the Transformer Prime, was an update to the TF101. It was first available to pre order in December 2011. The Transformer Prime features amazing build quality and was very highly regarded by reviewers, all over the internet. The aluminum body caused some wifi and GPS signal issues which was an issue for some, but not all Transformer Prime owners. Asus has since offered a free dongle which fixed the GPS issues. Note that when the dongle is being used the tablet cannot connect to the keyboard dock. It was sleek, powerful and pleasing to the eye. The thinness was much improved and the connecting mechanism was also improved and less bulky than the original Transformer tablet.
Display details: 10.1-inch LED backlit screen with Super IPS+, 1280 x 800 resolution screen, 10 finger multi-touch, and made of Corning Gorilla Glass
ships with Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system. It is upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The processor is the newest Nvidia Tegra 3 which is Quad-core and is clocked at 1.3 GHz. The Asus Prime is the first tablet on the market to ship with the new Tegra 3 processor.
Comes with 1 GB of memory
32GB or 64GB storage (note there is no 16GB model available like the original Asus Transformer)
The Asus Transformer Prime is much slimmer and lighter than the original Transformer. The Prime weighs 586grams, in comparison to 675grams for the original Transformer model. The thickness is just 8.3mm in comparison to the original Transformer which is a whopping 12.95mm thick.
Battery life for the Prime TF201 is said to be 12 hours and is 18 hours when using the keyboard dock. As with most manufacturer battery life specifications, these numbers are under ideal conditions. Expect real life battery times to be a couple hours less than advertised.
it has a 1.2MP front facing camera and a 8MP rear facing camera. The rear facing camera is a big step up for tablets. These are a few key improvements with the Transformer Prime camera: fast shutter speed, dynamic auto focus, touch focus, LED flash, F2.4 aperture, back-illuminated CMOS sensor, color enhancement 30%, depth of field effect, full HD 1080P video recording.
New and improved sound with Supreme Sound which is ASUS SonicMaster Technology. The Asus TF201 Prime has 6% larger speakers than the original tablet.
The new tablet comes loaded with some great apps which include: Polaris Office, MyCloud, File Manager, @Vibe Music, ASUS Webstorage, MyLibrary, ASUS Sync, SuperNote, App Locker, ASUS Launcher, App Backup
note: GR is for Amethyst Gray and CG is for Champagne Gold colors.
Video: One of the first unveilings of the Transformer Prime - Skip to the 6:00 minute mark.
October 19, 2011 - Jonney Shih shows off the Transformer Prime for the first time in public. Asus starts teasers on their Facebook page. [ source ]
Jan 12th, 2012 - Asus delivers on its promise to bring Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the Transformer Prime TF201. April 2012 - Asus starts offering Transformer Prime dongles for free to fix GPS issues signal issues. [ dongle hands-on video ] [ official Asus dongle offer ]
The 7-inch Asus MeMO 370 tablet was shown off at CES 2012 and was later released as the Google Nexus 7. This 7-inch tablet was the darling at CES 2012. It became obvious that Google saw the beauty of it and later pursued a partnership with Asus to create the Nexus 7 tablet. It was quite some time from CES until the annoucement of the Nexus 7, but many early leaks made the unveiling at Google I/O far from a surprise. In fact, it was one of the leakiest products ever. Aside from photos being leaked, the owners manual even got leaked! When Asus his CES 2012, the MeMO 370T featured the Tegra processor and was impressive. It was most impressive because it was shown off as the world's first $249 7-inch Android tablet. At that point in the era of tablets, the prices were obviously a lot higher than what consumers enjoy today.
At the time of unveiling, the MeMO 370T specs were as follows: Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, 7-inch screen, 1280 x 800 resolution, capacitive touchscreen display, sim card slot, audio jack, Bluetooth 2.1, aGPS, rear autofocus camera, microSD slot, mini HDMI port, micro USB port. It's 7.8″ x 4.6″ x 0.5″ and weighs about 14.2 ounces.
A discussed previously, the Nexus 7 was one of the most leaked tablet ever. It was unveiled at the Google I/O, along with Asus, but by that time, most people had seen photos online or had read the owners manual which was also posted online. No question the Nexus 7, 2012 Edition, set the bar for low priced Android tablets. The price was $199 at launch. With Asus sharing the stage with Google during the unveiling at Google I/O in June 2012, Jonney Shih mentioned that the Asus engineers working with Google on the project described it as being like "torture". I guess Google was pushing Asus hard on features while keeping the price point low. Even with that somewhat bizzare comment, Asus and Google did come out with a Nexus 7 - 2013 Edition.
Nexus 7 - 2013 (ME571K)
For whatever reason, the 2013 Edition of the Nexus 7 could not avoid early leaks either. The world renound leaker @evleaks managed to post some official product photos on his Twitter. In addition, on July 22, 2013, Best Buy had an ad posted showing the Nexus 7 - 2013 Edition for $229 with 16GB storage. It was available to buy on July 30th, 2013 according to the ad. The price of the 32GB model was $269 which was also leaked early. The version had the typical improvements to the screen resolution, size, and of course the latest Android OS at the time.
In 2012, Asus was busy with Transformer updates. It was at the MWC 2012 in March 2012 where Asus took the wraps of the Transformer TF300 tablets. A couple shifts happened with this release. First, Asus dropped the "Eee Pad" branding and the Transformers became known as "Transformer Pad". Also, for the first time, Asus released a Transformer with multiple color options. With the T300T, it was unveiled in white, blue and red colors.
The TF300 was essentially the update to the original TF101, whereas the TF700 Infinity (see below) was the update to the Transformer Prime. The TF300 was considered the "Transformer Pad 300 Series". The release date was April 22, 2012 in the US market. It was available at a cheaper price than the premium Prime and Infinity Transformer tablets. Using plastic in the design and a slightly downgraded display allowed for the TF300 to achieve a remarkable price point. Although it was announced as coming with either 32GB or 16GB configurations, it was only release as a 32GB tablet. The release date price was $399. The keyboard dock was sold at a price of $149. For the first in the USA (using AT&T networks), along with Europe and Asia, the TF300 was also available in a 3G and LTE configuration. The 3G model was known as the TF300TG and the 4G LTE model was known as the TF300TL. This particular model was sold at a price of $449 for the 16GB model and $499 for the 32GB model.
Camera - 8MP auto-focus (rear), 1.2MP ( front ) camera with F/2.2 large aperture
2-in-1 Audio Jack (head-out/MIC-in 2-in-1)
1 × micro-D HDMI 1.4a port / 1 × microSD Card Reader / built-in microphone /
High Quality Speakers
Battery - 10 hours; 22Wh Li-polymer;
15 hours with mobile dock; Dock: 16.5Wh Li-polymer
Keyboard - Mobile dock with full QWERTY Keyboard (Optional)
Comparing the Tf300 to TF201 Prime and TF700 Infinity Transformer Pad Tablets:
With the reviews of the TF300T, there is a lot of comparison between the TF300 and the TF201 Transformer Prime. For all intents and purposes the TF700 Infinity is the TF201 Prime for the sake of this comparison.
People should realize that the TF300T is the cheaper tablet and there is obviously going to be compromise. Looking at the Prime TF201 vs TF300, we can say that the Prime has the Super IPS Mode (improves outdoor reading with a brighter display) and the TF300 does not. There is no rear flash on the TF300 which the Prime TF201 does have. Of course the TF300 is made of plastic and the TF201 is made of aluminum which isn't a bad thing when you consider some of the GPS wireless signal issue because of aluminum design. The TF201 comes with Gorilla Glass, the TF301 does not. The TF301 get less battery life and has a slightly slower processor. The TF300 is slightly heavier and thicker than the TF201 Prime Transformer also.
See what we're saying? There are some compromises. The key benefits to the TF300 vs the TF201 or TF700 is the price point. The TF300 will provide you with better wifi signals which is certainly a big factor. The TF201 has the exact same screen resolution to the TF300. The TF300T will feel slightly cheaper in your hands than the Transformer Prime simply because it's cheaper! The weight and thickness comparison is very modest is differences. You're saving quite a bit of money when comparing the TF300T to the more premium TF201 and TF700, and TF701.
May 4, 2012 - UK gets first opportunity to pre order the TF300 Transformer. Price for the 32GB bundle with keyboard dock was £399.99. May 5, 2012 - Germany gets first opportunity to buy the TF300 tablet. The 32GB model including keyboard dock price was EUR 499. August 18, 2012 - Asus starts rolling out the Android Jelly Bean update OTA to the Transformer TF300.
If you could pick an Asus tablet "hero" product, the Transformer Infinity would be it. The Infinity took what the TF201 Prime did well, and improved upon it. The all aluminum design that the Transformer Prime utilitzed, created a wifi signal loss for some users. To alleviate that issue, the TF700 Infinity was made with a plastic strip along the top edge of the tablet, which allowed for stronger wireless signals. The Transformer Infinity his an all key points including amazing design, fast processor and a top notch display and resolution. The TF700 Infinity tablet was available to pre order in the Spring of 2012 and started shipping in July 2012.
The first unveiling was at CES 2012 which led people to question out loud why Asus would show off an update to the Transformer Prime TF201 so soon. In fact, at the time of CES 2012, some people were just getting their Prime tablets from earlier pre orders. At most, the appearance at CES 2012 for the Infinity was a soft launch or teaser. No question though, TF201 customers were a bit miffed at seeing an update so soon after the Prime release. However, the wifi signal issues with the TF201 meant Asus did need a fairly quick turn around. Even with the January 2012 unveil, the Transformer Infinity was no shipping until July 2012.
Based on our experience, the most popular Transformer Infinity was the 32GB model as opposed to the 64GB model. Price likely the biggest factor in that. Between the Gold and Gray color, people preferred the Gold, but it was often hard to find in stock.
Here is a quick look back at prices for the TF700 Infinity tablet in late 2012, just to give perspective to what you might pay for a similar quality and premium feature set.
TF700T-C1-GR (64GB, color Amethyst Gray) - $599 USD
TF700T-C1-CG (64GB, color Champagne Gold) - $599 USD
TF700T-B1-GR (32GB, color Amethyst Gray) - $499 USD
TF700T-B1-CG (32GB, color Amethyst Gray) - $499 USD
Transformer Infinity Keyboard Dock model numbers:
TF700-DOCK-CG (color Champagne Gold) - $149 USD
TF700-DOCK-GR (color Amethyst Gray) - $149 USD
May 21, 2012 - The Tranformer Infinity passes through the FCC indicating the release date is nearing. June 26, 2012 - Asus puts up their official Transformer TF700 Infinity product page. Excitement builds for the start of pre orders. August 20, 2012 - The 4G LTE Transformer Infinity, TF700KL shows up in Germany on a few tech blogs. August 27, 2012 - UK finally gets their chance to buy and take home the Transformer Infinity TF700. September 5, 2012 - Canada shoppers finally get their chance to buy the Transformer Infinity tablet. September 26, 2012 - Asus announces Android Jelly Bean update for the TF700.
Computex is a favorite of Asus, and in 2013, they didn't disappoint. Welcome to the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity! After that initial unveiling, Asus showed this "new" Transformer at IFA 2013 on September 4, 2013. This time however, gone was the Infinity branding. Asus dialed it back and wanted this tablet to be known as the "new" Transformer Pad TF701T. There were some trademark issues in Germany which were rumored to be part of why Asus had to drop the Infinity branding of this flagship hero product.
The main "wow factor" is in the impressive resolution which is 2560 x 1600 pixel WQXGA IPS+ display with 400 nits brightness. The TF701 has a 1.9GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 T40X processor with Quad-core ARM Cortex A15. Asus was quick to point out the incredible graphic capabilities of the new Transformer Infinity which runs a 72-Core GeForce GPU. That is about 6 times more powerful than Tegra 3! Memory in the TF701 consists of 2GB of DDR3L RAM. Another key upgrade is the HDMI port which suppors 4K Ultra HD output. An upgrade to the original Infinity, the new model features a microSDXC card reader. Is this a big deal? Well consider that a microSD card maximum storage is 32GB but the microSDXC has a maximum capacity of 2TB. Don't worry, the SDXC is backward compatible and will read microSD cards also. Overall, this next generation model Transformer Infinity is a real powerhouse of hardware!
Other various specs include: runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 32GB of storage, 5GB Asus WebStorage for life, 5MP rear camera with autofocus, 1.2MP front facing camera, Miracast support, Bluetooth 3.0, 8180mAh battery, and the other standard tablet features which we won't list here.
You might be wondering about the keyboard dock. Yes? What we can tell you is that it features a USB 3.0 port and its own SDXC card slot. The battery on the dock is 16Wh, which when combined with the tablet's 31Wh, you're getting a great deal of battery life out of the TF701. There is no indication yet about compatability of the older Transformer 1 dock and the dock required for the 2nd generation Infinity. When we find out, we will certainly update the page here.
Rounding out the specs is the weights and size. The tablet is 263mm x 180.8mm x 8.9mm and weighs 600g. The keyboard dock is 263mm x 180.8mm x 7mm and weights 450g.
The fonepad ME371MG was first unveiled by Asus at the MWC 2013. With an already full line-up of innovations, having a 7-inch phablet was certainly not completely unexpected. At the time, it was risky because the concept of phablets was new and there was some debate about holding a large device up to your head and how silly that might look. The fonepad became a solid addition to the Asus tablet offerings. It was first available for pre orders on April 12, 2003. After the ME371, Asus updated the fonepade with a new model featuring a 1.6Ghz Z2460 in comparison to the original 1.2GHz Z2420. This new fonepad, named the fonepad HD 7 ME372CG has 1.6GHz Atom Z2560, 1GB RAM, 1280 x 800 resolution, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, Android 4.2, Bluetooth 3.0. In addition, the newer model had 32GB compared to the original 16GB. The fonepad is not a global release but was in select markets only like Asia and in a few European countries. As mentioned, the fonepad was a winner and has seen a number of variations since the intial release. These include an 8-inch fonepad, updated 7-inch fonepads and also a fonepad Note 6, which is a 6-inch phablet with digital stylus input functionality.
Intel Atom Z242 processor (1.2 GHz)
GPU PowerVR SGX540
1280 x 800 IPS touch screen
8 or 16 GB storage
3MP rear camera and 1.2MP front facing camera
microSD card slot
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 196.6 x 120.1 x 10.4 mm
Battery 4270 mAh (up to 9.5 hours of battery life)
With the initial success of the original fonepad, Asus quickly got to work on expanding the fonepad brand. Next in line was the fonepad Note 6 which was initially unveiled at their stellar Computex 2013 show. Samsung had been having some success with their Galaxy Note and Asus responded with the fonpad Note 6. It was a larger device, and in some ways was ahead of its time in that consumers were uncertain of larger phone devices, but have since clearly shown a deman for large phablets. Asus really pushed the boundaries with releasing a 6-inch phablet.
The Asus Note is powered by the Intel Atom Z2560 Dual-Core processor which runs at 1.6GHz. It's 6-inch size and has a 1920 x 1080 full HD Super IPS+ display. We are still awaiting full details on the stylus, but it's going to be an integral part of the Note experience. Asus has a number of bundled apps for note taking, for scribbling and note taking. Another great feature are the dual front speakers which are powered by SonicMaster audio technology. Here is a quick rundown of the other various specs:
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
3G voice and data
16GB or 32GB configurations
5GB of lifetime ASUS web storage included
DC-HSPA+ (42Mbit/second download speed)
Galaxy Note 2
1920 x 1080
1280 x 720
4.2 Jelly Bean
4.1 Jelly Bean
8MP rear - 1.2MP front
8MP rear - 1.9MP front
182.5g (note smaller size of 5.5")
80.5 x 151.1 x 9.4 mm (note smaller size of 5.5")
vs. photo 1
Although not perfectly lined up, you get the idea. This photo shows a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 beside the Asus FonePad Note. Similar but slightly different.
vs. photo 2
This photo gives a bit clearer comparison size wise.
Two 7-inch Nexus 7 tablets was the extent of Asus' involvement with Google. In keeping with a low price point, Asus obviously learned a few things from working with Google, even if that was as painful for the Asus engineers and Jonney Shih suggested. The ME173X was first unveiled at the incredible Computex 2013 trade show and trumpeted the price of $129 and $149.
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
1280 x 800 resolution IPS display
quad-core 1.2 GHz processor
1 GB RAM
16GB storage (8GB available in emerging markets only)
Think of the MeMO Pad ME172V as the super budget 7-inch Android tablet of 2013. The MeMO Pad didn't feature the typical processor that Asus put into its tablets at the time. Instead of a Tegra 3 from Nvidia, they put a VIA WM8950 @ 1GHz which has a Mali-400 graphics processing unit. It's not a powerful as the comparable Nexus 7 - 2013 Edition, which had a Tegra 3 Quad-Core 1.2GHz processor. The ME172V was cheaper, which is the reason Asus took this direction for processor. Multitasking caused issues if you're pushed too hard with a game and browser at the same time.
Note: If you are thinking about games, don't fear too much. The Tegra 3 may be more powerful but the fact is most games for mobile devices don't have massive requirements to run well. Afterall, a lot of app games are originally designed with smartphones in mind.
The display was more than adequate for a 7-inch tablet in this price range but wasn't to the specs of a Nexus 7. The MeMO 170 featured a 300nit brightness screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution screen. To compare, the Nexus 7 came with a 400nit brightness screen with a 1280 x 800 screen. Another reasonable comparison would be looking at the Kindle Fire 7-inch tablet which is a 1024 x 600 resolution screen with 400nits. The MeMO Pad had non IPS which is a big difference from the IPS display panel used in the Nexus 7. A cost cutting measure certainly. As mentioned in various reviews around the internet, the ME172V suffered from a narrow viewing angle. If you're not level to the screen, it's got very dim as you move off angle.
Note: You have to look at the MeMO in comparison to the class of tablet which it is competing with. It's not competing with the Nexus 7, iPad mini or the Kindle Fire HD 7-inch. With that in mind, the MeMO 172 falls right where it should for this price point. The maximum brightness or nit rating should be taken for what it is. It's a maximum. What you might already know is that the sure way to run your battery out fast is to crank the brightness to the max. If you're a person who likes to conserve battery by lowering brightness anyways, then the nit value has even less importance.
Weight of the MeMO ME172 is 358g or 12.63 ounces. In comparison, the Nexus 7 is 340g or 12 ounces and the Kindle Fire is 400g or 14.1 ounces. Other typical features include a 1GB of RAM, front facing 1MP camera, audio jack, 1 mono speaker, microUSB and microSD card reader (up to 32GB). For some, the fact that the MeMO is available in three different colors will be a big selling point. You can choose White, Pink or Gray colors. The MeMO 172 also has a different texture on the back in comparison to the Nexus 7. The material used on the ME172 is a plastic rather than the rubbery feel of the Nexus 7.
Battery life is estimated at 7 hours with its 4270 mAh battery. To compare battery life to the Nexus 7 which comes with 9.5 hour rated 4325 mAh battery. The Kindle Fire tablet comes with a 4400 mAh battery. The MeMO Pad ME172 comes in either 8GB or 16GB models and both come with a lifetime of 5GB of Asus Webstorage. The operating system is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Special Features: Although Asus co-branded the Nexus 7 tablet with Google, the ME172 does have a major advantage. There is a microSD card slot which allows you to expand the storage up to 32GB. In that sense you can buy the smaller 8GB model and easily expand with a microSD card. Even more impressive is the fact you get a lifetime of 5GB online storage from Asus. In simple terms, you can buy the cheapest base model with 8GB of storage and easily expand the storage via microSD card which is added versatility.
Expert Opinion and Commentary: The key selling points of the ME172V MeMO Pad were the low price and equally impressive storage options. Also, for some it was the fact that you can get a pink color. The microSD slot that is the most impressive feature that put the MeMO 172 ahead of the competition in this price range of tablet in 2013. There were other 7-inch Android tablets in the $200 range such as the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, in a league of their own, the cheaper range of 7-inch Android tablets in the $150 range included the MeMO Pad ME172V and model from Acer, Barnes & Noble and Kindle Fire. Asus and their color variations are interesting but one aspect of tablets is that most consumers use a protective cover and or folio style case for hands-free use and when watching movies. Overall, the demand for flashy colors is ununclear right now. That said, pink is an attractive feature for a gadgets adn it was something setting the MeMO 172 apart from the competition. It's just that many countries never got the other color variations.
The MeMO Pad ME172 is a budget 7-inch Android tablet with modest specs. This includes: 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1 GHz VIA WM8950 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, weighs 13 ounces and measures 7.7" x 4.6" x 0.4" and comes in gray, white, or pink.
This is the only tablet on the page which never got released to the general public. The Eee Pad EP90 was photographed, it was rumored, it was even announced, but it never quite made it to a release date.
We can tell you that back on October 5, 2010, there was an official announcement, but not an official unveiling. Eee Pad EP90 which is a 9" tablet. Well, not quite 9 inches. It was a 8.9-inch tablet. It featured a Tegra 2 from Nvidia, which at the time, essentially promised amazing 1080p abilities and great video and gaming abilities. Beyond that, it had a 1024 x 600 display. Now resolution sort of defeated the Tegra 2 abilities to an extent, but 720p or 480p would be nice. The weight was 650 grams. It was reported to come with 8GB, 16GB or 32GB storage options. It was to also come with 500GB free online storage. Ports found on the Eee Pad EP90 included: HDMI out, bluetooth, GPS, card reader and the other standard hookups for the time. In 2010, it also featured the common built in webcam.
In early 2011, the EP90 was put to rest and would never see another word written about it. Reasons unknown.
The Asus Slate EP121 was one of the few Windows 7 tablets back in the day. The EP121 was marketed as being the "world's fastest tablet" because of the full powered iCore Intel processor.
Leading up to CES 2011, Asus teased the Eee Slate in a big way. On May 31st, 2010, Asus officially announced the EP121. At that point it was revealed to have a 12-inch screen, run Windows 7 Premium, and run on a Core 2 Duo CULV processor. Closer to the CES 2011 unveil, on December 23rd, Asus showed off a trailer for the EP121 and clearly indicated that it would have a Intel Core i5 processor. This was a powerful, fully functional tablet and it had a price to match. It was sold for $1,099 to $1,066 USD for the 64GB version at the launch in January 2011.
There is no question that the Eee Slate EP121 was a big success for Asus. It was extremely unique to the market and people really went for the versatility and digital stylus input. At the time, it was easily the most powerful tablet on the market. It had an Intel Core i-Series processor which make it like a laptop. If you wanted versatility and power at that time, the Asus Eee Pad EP121 was a great choice. Indeed, a Core i5 with integrated HD graphics was a real horse.
It had a digitized pen input, shipped with a Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard and a folio case also. It ran Window 7 Home Premium edition which allowed for easy integration into a home or office seamlessly. It shipped with either 32GB SSD storage or 64GB SSD storage. The Asus EP121 display was 12.1 inch, 1280x800 resolution. It had 2GB RAM which was upgradeable to 4GB RAM. The EP121 came with a 2MP webcam also. It included wifi B/G/N and Bluetooth connectivity. If you wanted ports, the EP121 had plenty. The ports included: Mini HDMI, 2 USB, 2-in-1 Audio Jack, Card Reader, Mic, Stereo Speakers. The battery was the only real concern because of the powerful processor and screen size. With that said, people were extremely satisfied after purchasing and using the Asus EP121. It would seem that the 4 hours average battery life was reasonable considering what the tablet offered. The size and weight was as follows: 12.28 x 8.15 x .66 inches; 2.53 lbs.
The EP121 came with a Digitizer Pen, Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard and a versatile Folio which doubled as a case and productivity stand. It came bundled with a good range of software including the following: Windows 7 Home Premium, Internet Explorer 8, Windows Live Essentials: Mesh, Mail, Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Writer, and Family Safety, Microsoft Office Starter 2010, Amazon Kindle application, ArtRage application, ASUS media sharing, and ASUS My Cinema.
The Asus Slate B121 is a virtual carbon copy of the EP121. The difference is that the B121 is a business version with Pro Windows 7 and extra software and security features.
EP121 VS B121
Since these two Windows based tablets were so similar, we thought as side by side comparison might be a good idea. Understand though, you aren't going to see many differences at all.
Think of the B121 as the model built for business. The B121 was more expensive due to those extra security features.
One of the most substantial features was the Computrace LoJack. To give an overview, essentially this is a paid subscription for a service which allow you via the LoJack software, to remotely locate, lock and delete the data on your B121 tablet. In addition they had a Theft Recovery Team that worked to get your tablet back in your hands. Back in the day, you were looking at paying anywhere from $29 per year or $44 per year. More details on the Computrace LoJack service here.
Asus was great at mentioning and marketing the various business uses for the B121. The multi-touch, high resolution display was shown that it could be used as a self-service kiosk in the hospitality sector for example. In that example, customers could check-in, check out, make payments, and order in-room services all with simple fingertip control. A big feature was the Wacom Digitizer stylus which was a very accurate and precise input method which used pressure recognition. Those working in the design field found it very usable.
The VivoTab 810 was initially named the Asus Tablet 810 when it was first unveiled at Computex 2012 in June 2012. Asus changed the name to Vivo Tab 810 which was unveiled at the IFA 2012 in Germany on August 28, 2012. The brand settled on VivoTab (all one word) for the line-up of Windows 8 tablets.
In essence, the VivoTab 810 was a Windows 8 Transformer tablet. It was sleek, slender and had an improved connecting mechanism. In terms of perspective, the VivoTab 810 was an updated EP121. The 810, as with the EP121, featured a Wacom digitizer stylus which was a strong selling point for many consumers. In terms of specs, the Asus 810 used a 1024-level Wacom digitizer stylus pen.
The Asus Vivo Tab 810 featured the regular Windows 8 version as opposed to the Windows RT version. With a model number of TF810C, the "C" is indicative of an Intel Clover Trail processor. That was at the time, the latest and greatest Intel Atom processor which had been used up until that point exclusively in netbooks. The processor inside the TF810C was the Atom Clover Trail Z2760, dual core at 1.8GHz.As a dual core processor it was aimed at competing with ARM processors. In other words the Clover Trail opted for battery and power saving over raw computing power.
The VivoTab had a Super IPS+ display, great for outdoor viewing. The resolution, excellent for the time, at 1366 x 768 with a 10 finger multi-touch display. Audio was solid, as the Vivo Tab came with the Asus SonicMaster technology which provided good and loud tones. Another nice feature was the NFC. The camera on the rear of the Asus Vivo Tab TF810 was 8MP and the front facing camera was 2MP. It shipped with 64GB eMMC storage.
One disappointment with the keyboard dock was having 2 x USB 2.0 ports and not any USB 3.0 ports. Hard to say, but perhaps adding even a single USB 3.0 was too expensive? The big selling point was in the fact that the keyboard dock was incredibly thin and made the combo very light and portable. A noteworthy difference with the VivoTab docking is that the tablet detached from the dock on the side.
Size wise, the Vivo Tab measured 8.7mm thick and weighed 675g. Battery life of the Vivo Tab 810 was rated around 13 hours.
Price wise, the VivoTab 810 tablet wasn't cheap. It was priced at around $800 USD plus another $150 for the keyboard dock during the initial release date.
Asus can't take total blame for the lack of success for the VivoTab RT 600. This tablet ran the Windows RT version which as it turned out, was nothing short of a flop for Microsoft. It was supposed to be like Windows 8, designed for ARM processors and touch screens. What ended up happening though is somewhat of a consumer revolt against the operating system. The TF600T as a result, lacked sales.
Both the VivoTab 810 and VivoTab RT 600 were launched on the Windows 8 launch date, which was October 26, 2012. The VivoTab 600 tablet was initially unveiled at Computex 2012 in June. At that time, pricing was announced to be $599 for the tablet and $199 for the keyboard dock. In the product naming, the "TF" indicated Transformer style and the "T" was short for Tegra processor.
Asus was aggressive initially with the VivoTab RT 600, especially in the US market where they partnered with AT&T for a 4G LTE (TF600TL-B1-GR) and 3G model (TF600TG-B1-GR). These two tablets were in addition to the non 4G or 3G models. Price for the 4G LTE model, including keyboard dock and 2-year contract, was $599.
Official prices were as low as $364 for the 32GB model which didn't include the keyboard dock. The price was $425 for the 64GB model without keyboard dock. The keyboard was selling for as low as $76 in 2013 after the initial release date.
$699 USD (regular price) for TF600T-C1-GR (64GB)
$599 USD (regular price) for TF600T-B1-GR (32GB)
$169 USD (regular price) for TF600T-DOCK-GR (Keyboard Dock)
As first mentioned, Windows RT was a flop in the market place and the prices for the VivoTab RT 600 quickly fell in 2013 and retailers were trying to clear off inventory.
The Vivo Tab TF600T was an ARM based Windows 8 tablet which ran Windows RT. For the sake of clarity, there are (were) 2 different versions of Windows 8 at the time. Windows 8 and Windows RT. They are essentialy the same, but there are differences. I don't want to get technical here so you can read a Microsoft article here which lists differences between the 2 versions of Windows 8. An ARM processor is considered "made for mobile devices" which means a better battery life in general. Examples of ARM processors are the Nvidia Tegra and Qualcomm Snapdragon.
The Asus Vivo RT was a 10-inch tablet which featured a 1366 x 768 resolution. As with the Transformer Infinity, the TF600 featured the Super IPS+ technology which means a super bright display setting which was ideal for outdoor viewing. The VivoTab RT had 600 nits brightness.
It came with 2GB RAM and with 32GB or 64GB eMMC storage. For cameras, it had a 8MP rear facing camera with auto focus and LED flash. The front facing camera was 2MP. It featured a built in NFC sensor which allows you to tap and sync with other NFC enabled devices such as smartphones. The color of the Vivo Tab RT was describes as Amethyst Gray which was used for the Transformer Prime and Infinity tablets. Audio wise, it had the Asus SonicMaster technology which was, and still is, widely used in other Asus tablets.
The Asus Vivo Tab RT 600 was super thin at just 8.35mm compared to 8.5mm for the Transformer Infinity. The Vivo Tab RT weighed 520g.
Battery life was around 15 hours on the Vivo Tab RT.
A noteable addition worth mentioning is that this tablet came with Microsoft Office 2013 preinstalled.
During the time when the VivoTab Smart was unveiled, Asus was heavy into the "Transformer" style tablets. Their only 2 Windows 8 tablets were in the Transformer style. Of course you could buy either of those tablets without the keyboard dock, but the point was that Asus didn't have a stand alone Windows 8 tablet prior to the ME400 release.
During an October 23, 2012 Asus event in New York city, Asus took the wraps off the VivoTab Smart ME400. It was launched with a release date price of $499. Asus also showed off a couple specific accessories for the VivoTab Smart which included the TransSleeve Cover and the TransSleeve Keyboard. The keyboard was a bluetooth model, was very thin and could easily bundle with the ME400 tablet to make it like a laptop. The difference was that it didn't connect like the Transformer tablets did with the keyboard docks.
The VivoTab Smart ME400 featured a ceramic material backing which was unique from the existing Asus tablet offerings. Other specs included: Intel Atom Z2760 dual core processor at 1.8GHz speed, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The screen size of 10.1-inches, had an aspect ratio of 16:9 and sported a resolution of 1366 x 768. It had a rear camera which was 8MP and a front facing camera which was 2MP. The tablet itself weighed 580g and was just 9.7mm thick.
With a starting price of $499, if you were to buy one of the accessories, like the TranSleeve Keyboard, the price started to get into the range of the more luxurious VivoTab 810. When you look back now, it's quite incredible how the prices have dropped on tablets.
Asus has never shyed away from risks. It's that lack of fear which makes Asus one of the leaders when it comes to innovation. The Transformer Book TX300 is an example of the risk taking nature of the company.
The TX300 was a big risk in that it was a 13-inch Transformer tablet. As a laptop, 13-inches is terrific, but as a 13-inch tablet? Those simply didn't exist at the time on the market and still don't really exist on the market today. The original Transformer Book was a beast in terms of power and features and have the price to match.
The Transformer Book was showcased twice. Once at Computex 2012 in June, and at IFA 2012 in Berlin in August. Asus marketed this as "the world's first Transformer Ultrabook". Given the naming of this tablet keyboard duo, it made sense. It was rumored at that time to be as large as 14-inches, but most expected there to be an 11.6-inch and a 13-inch model. Given the "ultrabook" description, the price was expected to be expensive. Ultrabook automatically meant a standard of features and hardware that din't come cheap.
The Transformer Book TX300 used the latest and greatest Intel Core Series processors for the time. During the Asus IFA 2012 presentation, slides were shown which indicated Intel Core i7/i5/i3 as being possible in the Transformer Book. In the Computex 2012 press materials, Asus mentioned the Transformer Book having discrete graphics. From early unveilings, it was clear that Asus was tweaking the design and hardware prior to the eventual release date.
Even with its high price tag and large size, technology reviewers all gave the TX300 Transformer Book high marks.
We've said this on more than one occasion, but it begs repeating. Asus has no fear when it comes to releasing never-before-seen products. That Asus TaiChi was something completely unique to the market. The TaiChi was an ultrabook, but on the outside of the lid, there was a display. This meant that you could close the laptop lid and use it as a tablet. There was no need to remove the display ala Transformer!
The TaiChi was released in the 11-inch size and the 13-inch size. These were listed as TaiChi 21 and TaiChi 31 respectively. The 11-inch model came with a 1920 x 1080 pixel display. These came configured with either 128GB or 256GB storage, 4GB of RAM, Intel GMA 4000 HD graphics, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, and Intel Wireless Display technology.
Design wise, the TaiChi Series was a premium product. They were very thin and light. At its thickest point it was 17.4mm all the way down to just 3mm thick. The Taichi weighed just 1.24kg even with all the hardware packed into the device.
So having a dual display in this way, was very unique. First, to get into tablet mode, you simply closed the lid and it automatically switched to tablet mode. You could also switch, with the press of a button, between the 4 different display modes such as mirror mode, independent display mode, etc. Both screens could run independently of each other, or the second display on the lid could simply mirror the primary display.
It was such an elegant design that you could lift the lid and open up the Taichi with a single finger. One disappointment was that the display on the inside was not a touch screen. Not surprising consider what that feature would add to the cost of the TaiChi. Regarding using a stylus, the Taichi had a 2,540 ppi and 256 level stylus pen. Another added feature is that the TaiChi came with a backlit keyboard.
Price wise, the 11-inch TaiChi was at around $1300 on release date. During the months leading up to release date, these were the expected price ranges:
$1,299 USD for the 11.6-inch model with the Intel Core i5 processor (Core i5-3317U) and 128GB storage. (official model number Taichi21-DH51)
$1,499 USD for the 11.6-inch model with an Intel Core i5 processor (Core i5-3317U) and with 256GB of storage. (officially listed as model Taichi21-DH61)
$1599 USD for the 11.6-inch model with Intel Core i7 processor (Core i7-3517U), stylus pen and 256GB of storage. (official model number Taichi21-DH71)
October 12, 2012: The TaiChi is available for pre order with a shipping date of October 26th.
There comes a point it time where older Asus tablet models need to come off the navigation menu to make room for the newer tablets. It's also just interesting to see just how far the design and features have come along over the years. Want to know the price of some of these tablets at the time of release date?
This page is where you can get to the information about older or previously released Asus tablets which are not being manufactured anymore. We realize that just because an tablet has been updated with a new model, there are still places you can buy these older models.
I'm sure you still want to compare the older models to the newer models which will help you make a purchase decision. Sometimes you can find used Asus tablets and you still need details and reviews. We hope you enjoy our Asus tablet archive!
A Look Back At Asus Tablets - The Early Beginnings
The year was 2010. Asus has had a special relationship with the Computex trade show and on May 31st, 2010, they used that venue to unveil a couple of their "Eee Pad" tablets. At Computex 2010, Asus showed off the EP121 and EP101TC. These were quite early design concepts, but the innovation continued from that point onwards. These initial Eee Pad tablets were initially priced at $399 to $499, but of course that's the unveil price and not the actual price when they hit the market months after the show. These two tablets were not running Android, but were going to run Windows Embedded Compact 7(EP101TC) and Windows 7 (EP121). Early on, in the months leading up to Computex 2010, the rumors suggested that Asus would be releasing tablets starting July 2010, which ended up to be false. Additionally, there were rumors suggesting that Asus would show off Android tablets at Computex 2010 which also turned out to be false.
In the months following Computex 2010, Asus announced officially on July 26th, 2010, that the EP101TC was going to be the EP101 and would be shipping with Android. Asus also discussed release dates of their tablet line-up. Asus said that after the unveiling at CES 2011, they would release the tablets shortly thereafter. Although the releases were far off, the wait would be worth it in the end.
The rumors and speculation grew in the month leading to January 2011 and the CES 2011 show. On November 26, 2010, rumors surfaced about a 7-inch Android tablet. On December 22nd, Asus released a juicy teaser video for the EP121 tablet, which you can view here. On December 27th, 2010, rumors surfaced that Asus would release a 7-inch tablet and 2 10-inch tablets. One of the 10-inch models was to run Windows 7 with Intel Oak Trail processor and the other 10-inch tablet would run Android and feature the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor.
Apparently Asus couldn't contain themselves with all the excitement. Check out this teaser they released on December 29th, 2010. Here you can see the original tablet names, which included: EP121, EP102, EP101, and EP71. What we didn't realize at the time, is that these were in fact the Eee Slate, Slider, Transformer and MeMO tablets.
The coming out party for the Asus tablets was January 2011 at CES 2011. What a splash indeed! Here is a slide from the Asus presentation at CES 2011.
What you will notice is the scheduled release dates. Unfortunately these dates were quite innacurate. The success of the Transformer certainly played a role into the delays of the Slider and MeMO tablets. The Eee Slate EP121 rolled out first in early 2011 and was a big success for Asus. It was the "world's most powerful tablet" as Asus liked to say and it had a price tag of around $1000 USD. That said, the Eee Slate came with a bluetooth keyboard and case accessories.
The release date of the Asus Transformer was slow. In late March 2011, Taiwan was first to receive the chance to buy the Eee Pad Transformer. The UK was next up and pre orders started in April 2011 with an expected shipping date of June 2011. The Eee Pad Slider SL101 became available for pre orders in September 2011. The MeMO was not widely made available at any point during 2011 and was limited largely to the Asia market.
Asus pushed very hard into the tablet market from the outset. Mid way through 2011, in October, Asus started to tease a new Transformer. It turns out this was the Eee Pad Transformer Prime. In November there was an official unveiling and pre orders started in earnest. Most markets buy November and December had pre orders available for the Transformer Prime.
CES 2012 in January 2012 was yet another blockbuster show for the Asus tablet innovations. Leading up to the show, leaks started to appear about a new 7-inch Android tablet. As it turns out, this was the MeMO ME370T. Asus was unveiling this as the world's first $249 7-inch tablet which was quite a feat at the time. Easily this tablet was the talk of the show. It was the buzz. In fact, this little 7-inches was so dandy, that Google secretly partnered with Asus based on the ME370T to create the first Nexus 7 tablet. Already, even with the Transformer Prime just starting to show up from pre orders, Asus shockingly showed off the updated model, the Transformer Infinity. Considering some people were still waiting on the Prime TF201 pre order to arrive, people we quite perplexed by this new arrival so soon. Asus did not make a big splash with the Transformer Infinity TF700 at CES 2012, and it was a relatively discreet unveiling. It wasn't until late Spring 2012 until the TF700 would be released.