It’s always rather annoying, and more importantly confusing, when a company decides to rename a product range a year or two after launching them. However this hasn’t stopped Asus who has today renamed its popular Transformer line-up from “Eee Pad Transformer" to “Transformer Pad.”
The original Transformer was a huge success for the company, and the update, called the Transformer Prime earned a 10-out-of-10 from us when we looked at it last year. At CES in January, Asus announced the Prime would be getting an upgrade in the shape of a Full HD 1,920 x 1,200 Super IPS display.
This tablet will now be known as the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity and claims to be the first Full HD LTE tablet. It will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Krait SoC featuring an ARM Cortex A15 CPU, rather than the Tegra 3 chip currently powering the Transformer Prime. The S4 SoC is rated to reach download speeds of up to 100Mbps which will be ideal for heavy web-browsing or downloading large files.
Asus will make a Wi-Fi only model available as well though this version will ship with the Nvidia 3 processor.
Asus also announced that it will be launching the Transformer Pad 300 series which will be the first quad-core LTE tablet, according to Asus. And this should tell you that Asus has stuck with the quad-core Tegra 3 processor for this version of the Transformer.
It will have the same 1,280 x 800 display as the current gen Prime, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage. Asus is planning to offer LTE models using a discrete LTE card. Another new feature is the availability of differently coloured plastic bodies, including blue, red and white options. The Transformer Pad 300 series will come in slightly bulkier at 9.9mm and heavier at 645g. Both tablets will be running Android 4.0.
We’re hoping to get some one-on-one time with the new Asus Transformer Pad line-up in Barcelona and will be bringing you our first impressions very soon.
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