Though we’ve known that a spanking new, slightly redesigned and packing considerable extra heat Asus Transformer Pad was coming ever since June, it is only now that the concrete, exact pricing and availability details are trickling in.
Starting with the good news, we’re less than a week away from Transformer Pad TF701T’s commercial release, set for October 21. You can also file under good news the bit about the 10-inch transforming device rolling out “internationally” next week, though it’s unclear how many countries the first launch wave will include and what are their names.
As for downright bad news, let’s begin with UK pricing: 429.99 GBP, or roughly 680 US bucks. Of course, that doesn’t mean the TF701T will land stateside for close to 700 clams, but I wouldn’t cross my fingers for a sub-$500 price point either.
And let’s face it, this machine ain’t worth all that dough. Sure, it’s still a unique presence in the Android décor, being capable of seamlessly turning from a tab to a mini-laptop and the other way around, yet keep in mind you’ll have to cough up extra for the optional keyboard dock.
As for specs and features of the actual slate, the 2,560 x 1,600 pixels resolution display is ripped, the 2 gigs of RAM sound uber-hot and you get pre-loaded Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. But the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU is put simply not the cream of the crop, being undercut in both raw performance and power-saving abilities by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800. Sorry, Asus, but you’ll need to do a little better than this.
<Source: Slash Gear>