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The Next Generation Asus Transformer Pad TF701T.
Worthy of the hype? We say yes it is!

 

Updates:

  • The "Infinity" branding is gone as the press releases indicate coming out of IFA 2013. This is now known as the "New Transformer Pad TF701T".
  • Just some speculation on our part, but looking at the recent Investor Conference papers, we see that listing for a Transformer Pad FHD. I may be safe to say that the new model will be something such as Transformer Pad Infinity FHD 10. I suspect the "FHD" will be part of the branding of the next generation Infinity because all the new MeMO models are utilizing either HD or FHD in the descriptions or product names.
  • One aspect of the FCC submission which is confusing is that lack of flash on the rear camera. The display model showed a flash on the rear camera, but the FCC diagrams show no flash. Interestingly the first official press release photos do not show a flash on that version. In fact one of the press release photos of the rear side of the tablet doesn't even have the grill for the speakers. So really the question is whether the TF500T Infinity will have a rear camera with flash or not. Likely not, but nothing official just yet.
  • A Ukraine website has just listed the Infinity TF701T with a product page. Details are here.
  • The TF701 has just passed through the FCC. That indicates a release date of at least a month from today, August 27, 2013.

Overview: Given the acclaim for the original Transformer Infinity, it shouldn't be surprising that Asus decided on a refresh with the announcement at Computex 2013 of the "new" Infinity. There isn't a specific label such as Transformer Infinity 2, although it's going to get confusing for consumers. We will dub this as version 2 or perhaps TF701 or TF701T, and not as version "new". This next-generation Infinity TF701 is nothing short of amazing and we're excited to discuss it here. Ultimately you want to know if it's worth waiting for and buying and we're here to help you with that question.

new asus infinity 2

"Thank you. I'm very proud of it."
- Asus Chairman Jonney Shih at Computex 2013 when showing off the new Transformer Infinity

Price: Unknown (as of June 2013)

Pre Order Status: Not Available Yet. If version 2 is anything like the original, there is going to be a huge demand for pre orders. We will be following sources to make sure any pre order dates are listed here.

logo for asus transformer pad infinity

Specs: Is the Transformer Infinity 2 worthy of the hype? Yes! We will get to a 1st Generation vs. 2nd Generation side-by-side comparison shortly.

The main "wow factor" is in the impressive resolution which is 2560 x 1600 pixel WQXGA IPS+ display with 400 nits brightness. The TF701 will be running the latest 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.

Transformer Infinity 1 (TF700) vs. Transformer Infinity 2 (TF701) vs. Nexus 10 vs. iPad 4

Because there is a few 10-inch Android tablets competing for your money, shouldn't a comparison chart be helpful? The big feature that sets the Infinity above the competition is the keyboard dock. Outside of that, you can can see that the TF701 is a real powerhouse which is expected because it's the newer of those tablets listed. From a size and weight perspective, Asus has done an amazing job at getting the TF700 even thinner in the new version. It's very impressive to see the comparison below. Another key feature is the expandable memory on the Transformer Infinity 2 which has the newer, faster and more capacity SDXC card format. Don't we always want more storage?

So how does this "new" Infinity stack up? Here are the results if you dare to look!

Spec TF700 TF701 Nexus 10 iPad 4
Processor Tegra 3 - 1.6GHz Tegra 4 - 1.9GHz Cortex A15 - 1.7GHz A6X - 1.4GHz
Resolution 1920 x 1200 2560 x 1600 2560 x 1600 2048 x 1536
Memory 1GB 2GB 2GB 1GB
Brightness 600 nits 400 nits 350 nits 400 nits
Weight 598g 585g 652g 603g
Thickness 8.5mm 8.9mm 8.9mm 9.4mm
Camera 8MP back - 2MP front 5MP back - 1.2MP front 5MP back - 1.9MP front 5MP back - 1.2MP front
Ports / Expansion microSD microSDXC no storage expansion no storage expansion
Miscellaneous
  • keyboard dock with battery available
  • keyboard dock with battery available
  • USB 3.0 port on keyboard dock
  • stereo speakers
  • NFC enabled
  • no expandable storage
  • mono speaker
  • no expandable storage

 

Photos:

tf701 infinity tablet

 

 

Links and Articles the we recommend:

Official ASUS TF701T Tablet Page

Official ASUS TF701T Product Page

Official ASUS Transformer Infinity Computex 2013 product page

 

 

 


 

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