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Two new Asus Transformer Pads coming: low-cost TF103, Bay Trail-powered TF303

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asus_transformer_padJust because Asus has been paying more attention of late to smartphones and phone/tablet hybrids, it doesn’t mean their once praised Transformer Pad line of tab-cum-laptops is completely forgotten.

After inconspicuously rolling out the mid-end Nvidia Tegra 3-packing TF502T model in Taiwan, the Asian gadget manufacturer is apparently working on a new pair of Transformer Pads. Both the TF303 and TF103 have been pictured, looking pretty much identical, but the only technical details revealed so far concern the former.

Aside from allegedly running Android 4.4 KitKat out the box, which is hardly surprising, the 10 incher is said to feature an Intel Bay Trail chip. That’s definitely unexpected, as it would be a first for the Transformer Pad series, likely pitting this thing against Dell’s Venue 11 Pro or HP’s Omni 10 in raw speed and battery life.

Except the TF303 will have the clear advantage of versatility and productivity, carrying a sleek, spacious by the looks of it, and easily detachable physical keyboard. But Asus isn’t quite ready to take on slates such as Samsung’s recently unveiled Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1. Not in screen resolution, as the TF303 keeps things fairly modest, at Full HD, probably in order to balance productivity and affordability.

The Transformer Pad TF103? It’s a big question mark, albeit it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to guess it’ll lower the hardware ante and be even more sensibly priced. Alright, Asus, you grabbed our attention, now roll these bad boys out commercially before we move on.

Via [Notebook Italia]

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