ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity with retina-like display unveiled

asus transformer pad infinity 2013

ASUS steamrolled us with a ton of announcements at Computex Taiwan 2013, and one of the biggest was the new ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity. This particular device shares its name with a certain other ASUS tablet from 2012, but it has been refreshed with a 10.1-inch 2,560 x 1,600 display. It’ll be outfitted with NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 4 chipset clocked at 1.9GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel rear camera, a 1.2 megapixel front camera, will sport 32Gb of internal storage, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 3.0, an SD card slot (those last two bits are likely part of the dock), HDMI-out with support for 4K video, and more. If you thought ASUS got a little lackadaisical in the second half of 2012 then the company is definitely making up for it with this sexy beast of a device. We’ll have to wait a while yet to get a beeline on availability and pricing, but we imagine ASUS won’t be letting this guy go for very cheap.

[via The Verge]

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  • Babs Oyed

    Looks impressive

  • Stefan van Manen

    I would say a Nexus 10 like display instead of the lame marketing name from Apple. But nice to see more high density pixel screens coming to the market. Samsung…your turn.

    • kascollet

      Referring to Apple is still relevant. When you think about it, it’s been more than a year since Apple began shipping a high resolution tablet, and more than half a year since they powered such devices with a really good GPU. In the meanwhile, nothing has really hit the market with Android in this category (both Asus and Nexus contenders were not mature enough, mostly because of low graphic capacity relative to the resolution).
      One more way Apple totally defines the tablet market, like it or not. iPads aren’t even expensive considering the complexity caused by such devices.

      • http://www.krupa.me.uk/ Gerard Krupa

        I think referring to Samsung would be more relevant since they manufacture both the Nexus 10 and the iPad retina displays.

        • kascollet

          It’s not about the screen as a part. There’s nothing really outstanding in the screen.
          It’s about the device as a whole. One that works fast enough and has enough battery life, without being overly bulky. Only one device is mature in the three departments, and it fu€@$#g doesn’t have Android.

          • Guest

            Granted the 3rd and 4th gen iPads have superiority when it comes to GPU power (althout it’s not a direct contest given the Nexus . Battery life I’d suggest they’re about on a par and size is largely a matter of preference. The fact remains though that the screens come from Samsung and (to a lesser extent) LG so they should be the companies getting credit when the subject is pixel count, not gaming performance.

          • http://www.krupa.me.uk/ Gerard Krupa

            Granted the 3rd and 4th gen iPads have superiority when it comes to GPU power (althout it’s not a direct contest given the N10 has a higher resolution). Battery life they’re about on a par and size is largely a matter of preference. The fact remains though that the screens come from Samsung and (to a lesser extent) LG so they should be the companies getting credit when the subject is pixel count, not gaming performance.

      • http://youtu.be/GvPlAyTG4ik?hd=1 1PhoneDoesnt.com

        kascollet wow, couldn’t disagree more. Not because of my name because of the nonsense you just spewed

        • kascollet

          I’m ready to discuss about this, but you don’t display any argument it seems.
          I’ve been waiting for a great Android tablet for a long time, a VERY long time now. Saying an iPad 4 is the best tablet is no nonsense dude, it’s a (sad) reality.

          • NYCHitman1

            Nexus 10 is that tablet, imo.

          • kascollet

            On what actual superiority would your opinion be based ?
            Is it :
            - graphic fluidity ? Even ipad 3 destroy the N10. Wonder why Samsung ditched Mali GPU after that ? Only PowerVR can obviously.
            - battery life and charging time ? Same thing, frankly bad on the N10
            - apps ? Let’s laugh together for a minute… (this is really sad)
            - screen ? Draw (better res vs better colors)
            - portability ? Draw
            - OS ? A matter of choice I guess. I personally think Android 4.2 is better (hence my frustration !!!).

            As of 2013, Apple still has MORE than one generation advance in tablets hardware, and they’re ready to bring a fifth ipad to the market.
            The biggest problem at the moment lies in the lack of a truly powerful SoC : one chip dedicated to tablets, with as much horsepower as the A6X. No phone SoC is able to drive those high res slates.

          • http://youtu.be/GvPlAyTG4ik?hd=1 1PhoneDoesnt.com

            5th iPad in 3 years… we barely needed 1Pad. At $5-800 iThink you greatly over dramatize the usefulness of a iPad

          • kascollet

            :-D
            Totally off-topic man.

          • NYCHitman1

            While I will agree that Samsung could have done more with the E5D – that doesn’t mean that the chipset was poor performing at all. My Nexus 10 SCREAMS through content. I have zero issues with it whatsoever. However, I am patiently awaiting a refreshed model because I would enjoy some mobile data capabilities.

          • Havekk

            I see where you’re coming from Kascollet. I currently use an iPad 3 and have been waiting for an Android tablet to come out that I can purchase as an upgrade. I have purchased a few and returned them, namely the galaxy note 10.1, the Transformer Infinity Pad and the Nexus 10. Both were very good tablets in their own right; however, neither were worth giving my iPad 3 to my son. I really loved the Nexus 10 in everday performance.. but the colors on the screen just looked so washed out compared to my iPad 3. I am hoping that one of the new Tegra 4 models will replace this iPad 3, as I want to give it to my son so my wife can have his iPad mini lol. I really do prefer the Android OS to iOS, which I find quite stale and boring.. but until something comes along, I still find my iPad 3 to be the best option.

  • KOLIO

    How about a contest next year?:

    2 ROUND-TRIP TICKETS/HOTEL to COMPUTEX TAIWAN 2014

    We’d settle for the consolation prize this year though,the ASUS T/F PAD INFINITY will do just fine………………………….. ;-)

  • Tony Lai

    omg, drooling! I hope it is cheap lol~

  • Morjoie

    Sounds intriguing. I own the 2012 Infinity and I love the hardware. What I’m becoming more impatient with, however, is how Android software works on Asus hardware. Even with Jelly Bean 4.2, the promised buttery smoothness is just not in evidence much. Asus needs to put more effort in ensuring a great end user experience which involves not only beautiful hardware, but smoothly functioning software, too.

  • Havekk

    Specs are only a tad better (higher resolution) then the HP slatebook x2 – which appears to be running stock Android 4.2.2 and comes with the keyboard for $480.00. I wonder how they will price this with that Gem lurking around the corner?

  • shonangreg

    So, is the SSD and ARM circuitry in the tablet running android? And the HDD and intel chip running Windows in the keyboard half?

    This is a pretty big compromise if you can’t run Windows in tablet mode.

  • spicymeatball

    What about lte/4G? I won’t buy a tablet without it.

  • Alexander H

    But does it have decent storage quality…unlike past ASUS tablets that has read/write slow to a crawl, locking everything up

    • Loren Cogar

      This is the big question, I ended up selling my Infinity because of the terrible I/O problems. Will definitely not make the same mistake buying this on release day without being sure they put decent storage in this one.

  • ChicagoBob

    Tegra 4 chipset clocked at 1.9GHz, 2GB of RAM
    Can we get this in a 7inch size? Its just easier to hold and
    use than the 10 inch. The
    7 inch Samsung tablet size seems to fit in my hand
    and get used more even though its slower than the
    10 inch ASUS tegra 3 tablet I have.

  • ChicagoBob

    Will the tablet plug into the old keyboard doc? Or is this all new?