Note: Since some details of the Transformer Infinity TF700 are still unknown, we will be updating this post as new details and updated information is available.
Right now, the best Android tablet is the Transformer Prime. Yes there have been reports of some wireless issues, but overall, website like CNET will tell you the Transformer Prime is the top non Apple tablet on the market.
Early in 2012, Asus unveiled the Asus Transformer Infinity. Just recently at World Mobile Congress 2012, Asus really took the wraps off the Transformer Infinity Series. Asus really stirred the pot when they showed off the Transformer Infinity as CES 2012 because many people hadn’t even gotten their Transformer Prime pre orders shipped. The anger came from hearing about an updated product coming shortly and people wondered why they ordered the Prime with the Infinity Series was coming. The frustration was warranted.
What’s not known is whether Transformer Prime Series tablets are going to be replaced by the Transformer Infinity Series tablets. Asus has said no, but perhaps that’s not the future. It’s hard to see how the Prime would remain with the Infinity. Basically the Transformer Infinity is the Prime except with bumped up specs. Design wise there isn’t a lot to distinguish it. It does make me wonder out loud if Asus acknowledges the wifi issues with the Prime and decided to move forward with a new design and name. Really it’s speculation on my part but when you see the 2 tablets side by side, you would also wonder why Asus would have both Prime and Infinity moving forward.
So let’s break down the Asus Transformer Infinity TF700 vs Asus Transformer Prime TF201 in a head to head battle royal.
Infinity TF700 is the same design at the Prime TF201 with one major exception. On the back of the tablet, Asus put a plastic strip on the Infinity TF700 to improve wireless performance.
TF700 is 8.5mm vs TF201 is 8.3mm
TF700 is 586g vs TF201 is 586g
This is a draw. Both the TF700 and TF201 have the new Tegra 3 processor.
Resolution and Display:
This is the biggest difference between the two. The Transformer Infinity TF700 has a true 1080p HD display resolution of 1920 x 900 vs the TF201 which has a 1280 x 800. As Asus has mentioned, the advantage to the higher resolution is that when lining out to a HDTV, what you see on the tablet is exactly what you will see on the HDTV. This is great for gaming and presentations. The Infinity has a 2MP front facing camera which is an improvement over the Tranformer Prime TF201 front facing camera which is 1.2MP.
We don’t have solid pricing information on the Transformer TF700. If I had to guess, I would suggest the TF700 will be the same price as the TF201 today. The Prime and Infinity are both premium products and their price will be near the top in terms of available Android tablets.
Which One Should You Buy?
I think this is an easy choice. Buy the Transformer Infinity TF700. Most likely you’re going to see a firm release date of April 2012 which means a possible Mid March pre order phase. The only wild card in this recommendation is in the fact that release dates can get pushed back. We’ve seen it before and in the past Asus has been overwhealmed with orders of their other Transformer tablets. So if you decide on the TF700, then definitely get yourself signed into a pre order early to ensure you get one on the first batch hitting the streets. We can say that the improved wireless design is worth waiting for on this one.