iPad 3 vs Transformer Pad Infinity
A more premium version of Asus’ Transformer Prime has already been announced, and it will be called the Transformer Pad Infinity. The main upgrade compared to the Prime will be the Infinity’s gorgeous Full HD (1,920 x 1,200) screen, but certain models will also get Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon S4 Krait CPU and 3G to boot. All this makes for some seriously impressive iPad 3 compeition.
While the Tab Infinity’s 1,920 x 1,200 won’t be as high as the iPad 3’s (likely) 2,048 x 1,536 resolution, it’s quite close and arguably ‘high enough’. Also, since it’s nearly the same rez found on Full HD televisions and monitors, it’s ideally suited to watching movies without any upscaling or huge black bars. Even so, we’re calling this one an Apple win – but only just.
Processor and graphics power:
If the iPad 3 is going to come with a dual-core chip, this may well be an even battle. There are quite simply no other mobile chips that currently come close to Krait’s S4 though, so the new Transformer may yet win.
Unfortunately, the first generation of the S4 will still use the same-generation 225 Adreno graphics as current solutions, so unless the Infinity gets an upgrade to the next-gen 300-series Qualcomm solution, the iPad 3 is likely to pixel all over it.
The situation here is unlikely to change from that of the Prime, where thanks to its SD card slot(s) Asus’ tablet will easily match or beat Apple’s contender.
Weight and Thickness:
As the weight and thickness of the Transformer Pad Infinity are completely unknown, we can only speculate. But as the Infinity is mooted to fit in the same keyboard dock as the Prime, it’s likely to be thinner than Apple’s tablet.
Like with the Prime, Apple almost definitely will get its rear kicked by the Infinity - and almost every other high-end Android tablet – in this regard.
iOS is (far) ahead, but Android is fast catching up.