Asus Transformer Pad Infinity range announced
Asus has done some Transformer name tweaking, and has announced a new range of tablets under the banner "Transformer Pad Infinity". Asus claims the tablets are the first to offer full HD quality via their in-built Super IPS+ displays. Indeed, they're actually slightly better than full HD, offering 1920x1200 resolutions and seriously impressive 600nit brightnesses.
From the initial Asus information, it appears that the Infinity range will include a Wi-Fi-only model as well as 3G and 4G models. Perhaps most confusingly though, the processor your tablet is powered by is determined by the version you buy.
The 3G and 4G tablets, will be powered by the dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM 8960 Snapdragon S4 (Krait). The Wi-fi-only version, on the other hand, uses the quad-core 1.6GHz nVidia Tegra 3 system on a chip.
The design also promises to impress, with a depth of just 8.5mm and finished in the Asus spun-metal look, with which it has festooned many of its devices of late. The glass bit will be made out of Corning's Gorilla Glass 2, so scratches and other damage should be shrugged off with aplomb.
All of the tablets will have Asus's new SonicMaster technology, designed to produce super-quality audio, and no doubt, compete with Dr Dre's Beats audio, which will continue to bless HTCs new devices.
The on-board camera also promises some significant improvements, and will perhaps be one of the best fitted to a tablet. The front-facing camera offers 2-megapixel resolution, for video calls and such. The rear camera is a reasonable 8-megapixels and has a 5-element lens and an LED flash, for low-light shots.
Battery life is a claimed nine hours from the tablet alone, but jumps to 16 if you attach the optional keyboard dock. The tablet has a micro HDMI output, as well as a microSD slot - rendering it less useful for photographers. The dock adds a USB output, as well as a full-sized SD card slot.
All of the "Infinity" tablets will ship with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwhich) and what Asus describes as a "Zen design philosophy". We have no idea what that might mean, but let's just assume the Infinity won't be starting any wars and will respect all living creatures.
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