Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF701

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF701

By | Sep 12, 2013

Asus is aiming high with its release of the new Transformer Pad Infinity TF701. The high-end tablet will sport an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and boast an impressively high-resolution screen that will likely cause Android aficionados to uncontrollably froth at the mouth in anticipation — and maybe catch the wandering eye of a few Apple iPad loyalists.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF701 aims high (pictures)

The 10-inch tablet dons a 2,560×1,600-pixel resolution and houses Nvidia’s latest 1.9GHz Tegra 4 processor with a 72-core GeForce GPU. Other specs include 4K output via HDMI, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 3.0, and a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.2-megapixel front camera. The tablet has an optional accompanying keyboard dock that accommodates a touch pad, a USB 3.0 port, and an SDXC card slot.

The TF701′s design and shiny metallic finish is similar to that of its predecessor, the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700. The TF700 is a solid tablet with a beautiful screen but a now outdated CPU. The upgrades to the new Infinity are excitingly relevant. Its high-resolution screen is matched by only a few other tablets, and its zippy new CPU addresses some of the TF700′s flaws.

Unfortunately Asus removed the interface shortcuts for throttling the CPU speed between normal, battery, and maximum from the drop-down settings menu; however, the options can now be found their own app.

Despite my issues with the its build changes, I was pretty taken with the performance and software options of the TF701. Asus says it’s shooting for somewhere between $400 and $500 for 32GB. That’s a pretty wide range, but somewhere near the lower end of that scale would be pretty impressive and the move to a more plastic build should help facilitate this.

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