Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700 Hands-on Review

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700 Hands-on Review
Coming to market later this year as the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity 700 series, the tablet with HD display we first saw at CES last month now adds one more key option - a version with 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and 4G LTE connectivity

The Wi-Fi version of the Infinity Pad will still be with the quad-core Tegra 3 as originally scheduled - those chips are both so powerful that the difference in real life everyday performance with Android Ice Cream Sandwich will be negligible anyway. Asus promises 10 hours of battery life out of this getup, with the keyboard dock adding six more.

The Transformer Pad Infinity biggest virtue is the 10.1" 1920x1200 pixels Full HD IPS+ display, meaning we not only get very high for a tablet pixel density, but also 600 nits of brightness as well, for better outdoor visibility. We didn't have a chance to take it outside for verification, but on the showfloor the Full HD screen looked stunning, with no visible pixelization, the colors were vibrant, and it had very good viewing angles. Moreover, it is covered with Gorilla Glass 2 for added protection.


The thing that impressed us most, though, was the outer appearance. Solidly built, the tablet is a looker with its brushed aluminum back crafted with utmost precision. The Infinity Pad also felt very light, at only 20oz (586g), and it is one of the thinnest with its 8.5mm (0.33mm), despite the premium materials and the 8MP camera module. 

Asus says the camera now has a five-elements lens, but we didn't have a chance to test some samples - will give it a try when the slate comes in the office in a finalized version. As for sound, the SonicMaster technology from Asus is supposed to enhance the audio quite a bit, but it was pretty noisy around us, plus the sole speaker grill is easy to cover with your fingers when holding the tablet.

The chiclet QWERTY keyboard dock also exudes a premium feeling, with tactile keys that travel enough not to be called shallow. The dock houses a 22Wh battery that gives extra hours of juice when you plug the tablet in it. The weight with the doc is less than your average netbook even, and you get a touchscreen thrown in for good measure. 

Overall, we were very satisfied with the build quality and the polished looks of the Transformer Pad Infinity 700 series, and can't wait to explore that gorgeous Full HD display when review time comes.


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22 Comments

1. Hafiz

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

Stop making dual cores. Use quad cores.

6. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Tegra 3 is not built for LTE (yet). The dual-core S4 is very fast and LTE runs beautifully on it.

12. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

and LTE in its current form is only available on carriers that love restrictive data caps and doesnt have adequate coverage. Let's focus on better hardware (which is useful for everyone) over faster data speesd (Which is only useful for some) and stop buying into this 4G hype, which is so far just hype.

15. MrNobodyWTB

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

While I completely agree with you all the way, when it comes to focusing on hardware (which everyone benefits from), than so much on radio bands (which service you can get is a toss in the air, based on your location). I'd much rather have top hardware, than say LTE. But, as Sorcio46 stated, despite only being a dual core, this particular Snapdragon and the Tegra 3, have negligable differences in performance. On top of that, I do not really think that most of these applications are programmed to take full advantage of 4 cores, much less 2. But... If you build it... they will come.

7. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Snapdragon dual core krait is better than quad core tegra 3. Check out its benchmarks

16. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

the S4 has been proven to be faster than the tegra 3, the only thing that is A BIT better on the T3 is the GPU, everything else, the S4 is better

17. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

guys relax, the WiFi version will come with 1.6Ghz Tegra 3 and while LTE will have 1.5 Snapdragon S4

2. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Me gusta this tablet!

3. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Nokia 808 with 41 mp camera it is look like 14 mp. Full size camera with 50 mp cost $35,000.

5. Eingild

Posts: 203; Member since: Apr 19, 2011

Clearly, you didn't read how Nokia 808 works. Btw, what does the phone have to do with this article? GTFO!

4. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Why are tablets so much more advanced than twice more expensive ultrabooks in terms of screen??

10. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

- ARM CPUs are cheap compared to x86 ULVs (and much much less powerful) - keyboard and touchpad - $50 to $100 to MS for Windows - RAM plus SSD - $500 markup for the name "ultrabook". You can get a perfectly good laptop for $400 that is just as fast but bulkier. BTW, for $900 I just got a quad core laptop with very fast ATI graphics, blu-ray drive, 1080P, and 8GB. Ultrabook are ultra overpriced.

14. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

btw which laptop did you get ?

8. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Asus makes the best android tablets....what do u guys think?

9. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Unless you're a total droidgeek, they all look the same.

11. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Is this really that much of an improvement over the Prime?

13. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

If the Ipad 3 has the same specs, the Fandroids will rip it apart, yet it is ok for Asus.

19. gavination1322

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

That's funny, because the reason Fandroids rip apart every Apple product is because of loss of freedom to modify, the lack of universally used attachments, like an HDMI outlet, and its sheer "I have an iPad" elitism. So my response to that is that Apple could never bring themselves to make someting like this.

18. georgiejr

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

will the dock of the original transformer prime work with the 700 model

20. chong

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Somebody please let me know the release date.

21. ysabeauterazawa

Posts: 1; Member since: May 16, 2012

Can anyone tell me when the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700 will be launched in Canada (Vancouver area to be specific). I have the Asus TFPrime (Eee Pad) but would like to upgrade to Transformer Pad Infinity 700 that is being launched in Italy in early June 2012. Fortunately my IT friend offered to purchase the Eee Pad at a decent price enabling me to purchase the Infinity 700 model.

22. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

How thick is the tab and dock together?

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