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Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing

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Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing
After spending some time checking out the Asus Transformer Pad 300 back at Mobile World Congress in February, the latest Tegra 3 powered tablet from Asus is finally available for purchase – chiming in at a price point that’s slightly less than the premier Transformer Prime. For $399.99, you get a full-featured Ice Cream Sandwich tablet that boasts many of the top-shelf qualities found with its renowned sibling. Luckily, we’re now able to partake on a final retail unit to see whether or not it’ll prove to be a hit as well.

Looking over the packaging for the Asus Transformer Pad 300, it’s quite obvious that there’s nothing different with it over previous offerings from Asus. Up front, we have a rendered image of the tablet in question, while on its sides, we find the usual set of brandings and a profile image of the tablet to show off its still perceived slim body. Inside, we’re greeted with the usual assortment of accessories, like the documentation, proprietary USB cable, and wall charger. In addition, Asus is so kind to also include a microfiber cleaning cloth as well – to allow us to keep its pristine look as much as possible. Although it’s not the first time we’ve seen them include it, we’re always grateful to find it nonetheless.

Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing
Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing
Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing
Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing

Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing
Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing
Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing
Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing


We won’t go into detail about the Asus Transformer Pad 300 for now, mainly because it was treated to a full hands-on treatment by us during MWC. Rather, we’ll simply tell you what stands out initially for us. For starters, it sheds the metallic exterior of the Transformer Prime, and instead, it reverts back to employing the same textured plastic casing found with the original Transformer. Even though it’s not the skinniest thing, we’re content by its overall size and weight. Secondly, its 10.1" WXGA (1280 x 800) IPS LCD display is still an attractive one thanks to its high-contrast, natural colors, and exceptional viewing angles. Lastly, we’re thrilled to know that this bundle of joy is powered by the same quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor used by the Transformer Prime – and boy does it perform quickly!

Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing
Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing
Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing
Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing

Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing
Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing
Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing
Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing

Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing
Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing
Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing
Asus Transformer Pad 300 unboxing


Of course, we’re all giddy and excited about this one, even though it might not seem as attractive as the Transformer Prime at a first time glance, but nonetheless, its $399 pricing seems to make up for a lot of things. Expect our in-depth review soon!

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posted on 27 Apr 2012, 23:46 5

1. theruleslawyer (Posts: 108; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


I always wonder if they can sell this for $400, why the hell does a phone with similar specs retail for twice as much? If anything you'd figure the larger screen would make it more expensive.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 23:53 2

2. redrooster13 (Posts: 107; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


I always have wondered that too.

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 02:08

3. Suraj3337 (Posts: 44; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


It may be because they'd have to stuff in all the specifications of a tablet in a smaller area without even increasing the thickness of the phone, also they'd have to put in a receiving antenna and more others stuffs for a "phone feature"..!

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 10:43 1

4. theruleslawyer (Posts: 108; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


Of course the board is a little different, but the important parts like the cpu and gpu are the same mobile parts. The modem is an added cost as well. I just don't see double. It seems like the retail price of phones are highly inflated compared to tablets due to the whole subsidization model phone companies have. For a phone with those specs I would expect a realistic price to be more like $500-600. Heck the Galaxy Nexus on Play proves that carrier retail prices are a joke. Obviously it a lower spec than this at a lower price, but retail at carriers is still $800 (verizon) and $600 (sprint) Att appears to have dropped theirs.

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 12:00

5. redrooster13 (Posts: 107; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


Yeah and plus the bigger battery cost more for the tablet, so there is savings their on the phone.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 06:36 1

6. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I totally agree to suraj337. Phones become more expensive compared to tablets due to it's pocket sizes. The more you compress thing such as ICs and hardwares, it costs more. And also, it's harder to design when you're limited with the size.

Another thing is that, phones are more expensive compared to tablets due to demand.

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