Asus made its New Transformer Pad TF701T official at IFA 2013, the first slate announced with a 1.9 GHz Tegra 4 processor, and we managed to get a brief hands-on time with the device.
Tegra 4 is touted it as the world's fastest quad-core Cortex-A15 processor with 72-core GPU. In addition, you get 2 GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB onboard storage with microSD (tablet), and SD (dock) card slots for memory expansion.
That is not the only high-end component of the tablet, though - it has a luminant 10.1" 2560x1600 pixels (300ppi) display of Sharp's IGZO variety, and we can attest this panel tech is everything it's touted to be - bright screen with wide viewing angles, allowing ultra high resolutions with very low power consumption.
Despite the premium metallic chassis, the tablet sports just 585g of weight, though the load on your wrist becomes more significant with the keyboard dock attached, while the 263 x 180.8 x 8.9 mm dimensions are a bit on the thicker side this day and age of sub-8mm slates. The dock sports a separate battery pack, with which the tablet can last up to 17 hours overall, a very good achievement, and a testament to the frugality of the IGZO display tech.
The key travel is a bit shallow and mushy as is very often the case with these docks, but the touchpad is rather responsive, and this time you get a fast USB 3.0 port, plus the powerful processor allows for a cool 4K video output via the HDMI port, so no complaints. A 5 MP camera is etched pretty in the metallic back and the whole New Transformer Pad exudes a cool, premium feeling when you hold it in your hands.
The tablet is scheduled to arrive this quarter, at around a $399 price tag, and the keyboard dock will run you a Benjamin extra if you want it, which is a pretty reasonable pricing scheme for the top-shelf components of this Android 4.2 slate.
3.NexusPhan(Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
1000x get this over the Note 2014 edition.
Asus is damn good about software updates, has an excellent tablet track record, unlockable bootloaders with developer support and is a near stock experience without awful touchwiz. This is almost 100% sure my next tablet.
Good device, but note that with the keyboard dock it should cost at least 50% more than the Note '14, plus it comes with Android 4.2. Of course there's the exciting IGZO display... The new Note on the other hand has the expensive Wacom digitizer, 3GBs of multitasking RAM, Android 4.3 out of the box, slimmer and lighter design and a more energy friendly SoC, interesting battle to come between Tegra4+IGZO vs. SD800+SLCD.
"The tablet is scheduled to arrive this quarter, at around a $399 price tag, and the keyboard dock will run you a Benjamin extra if you want it".
So you know the pricing on the new note 10.1 will be 250? Seems this package WITH keyboard is 499. Explain how you figure this tab will be "at least 50% more than note '14".......
11.livyatan(Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
Anyone else under impression that this is the year when Android tablets, and tablets in general are finally maturing?
Starting with the Xperia Z tablet, it went full force with the new nexus 7, and is now peaking with the LG 8.3, Samsung Note 10.1 and this Asus Transformer.
All awesome products, and I've no doubt that iPad 5 will be pretty great too.
For $500, this tablet with a dock should be average Joe's pick over just about any laptop in the same price range
13.ElScorcho(Posts: 21; Member since: 17 Jul 2013)
I understand the comparisions w/ Note or Nexus device only if you consider the tablet alone without the dock.
If you consider this feature, no lonely standard tablet, whatever the display/harware/design can ever compete against the smart physical keyboard turning your tab into a smartbook.
I own a TF201 and in France you can't even find the Transformer series without their dock...
I love the combo touchscreen / multipoint touchpad / physical keys. It's to me the ultmiate ergonomy for the various utilizations I do w/ my tab.
I'll get that one if my 18-month old TF201 dies within a year, otherwise I'll wait till next generation.