Infinity Pad: a Fully Loaded Android Tablet

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ASUS, well known and widely respected for its work with motherboards, PCs and notebooks, made a leap into the tablet field a while back, and successfully created a critical wave with its top tier, moderately priced tablets, the Transformer Prime and the Transformer TF300T—the first quad-core tablets powered by the NVIDA Tegra-based ARM chip. While those two tablets were lauded for their style, design and workability, ASUS wasn’t finished. Now it’s debuting the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700, a hopped up, fully loaded Android tablet that features a super high-resolution screen, something that we don’t see much on an Android tablet, and a host of other features that may make this the best Android tablet around, currently.

The screen is a 10.1" WUXGA Full HD (1920 × 1200) LED Backlit screen, with 10-finger multi-touch and Super IPS+ display with 600 nits brightness, encased in Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 2. Not the exact specs of a Retina display (2048 x 1536), but certainly the highest end Android tablet screen we’ve seen in a while. The previous tablets in this series were standard with their 1280 x 800 resolutions, in line with tablets from Acer, Toshiba and Samsung.

Other cool features: a front-facing 2MP camera and a rear-facing 8MP camera with autofocus, LED flash, an f/2.2 aperture and the ability to record 1080p video. Not a huge leap for videophiles or photographers, but a hair better than the Prime’s 1.2MP front-facing camera and f/2.4 aperture. The ability to capture video is an added bonus over the previous models.

The Infinity falls in line with the other Transformer models by utilizing an Nvidia quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM. This mighty little chip processes data and video like a champ, with no noticeable slowdown in the two app categories that are used the most—Fun, and Not Fun. The Not Fun utilitarian categories—word processing, data sheets, web browsing—never once suffered a glitch, stutter or slowdown. The Fun category—games, more games, web browsing—also performed above expectations.  

ASUS has also improved on the GPS and Wi-Fi functionality of the Infinity, which was buggy with earlier versions of its other tablets. Now in addition to the aluminum casing, there is a wide plastic piece across the back of the unit that supposedly helps with Wi-Fi and GPS connections.

Ports and connections remain the same, for the most part, with a 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Head Phone / Mic-in), a Micro-D HDMI 1.4a port, and a microSD Card Slot. The interface department is rounded out by Dual microphones and a stereo speaker.

The Transformer Pad Infinity is shipped with a native Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, arguably the best Android OS yet. Unfortunately, the lack of Android apps that take advantage of the new high-res screen is a shame, considering the sheer beauty of the screen—watch a movie in high definition and then look closely at the apps button on the homepage, and you’ll see what we mean. Fortunately for ASUS, the company has nothing to do with this. (Get to work, Google.)

The whole line of Transformer tablets is unique for another reason, one that is not easily dismissed—the Transformer tablets have an optional keyboard dock that not only serves to save your fingers from touch screen typing cramps, but also doubles as a backup power supply. The 40-pin connector port dock has a separate USB 2.0 port (oh, USB 3.0, how you taunt us so!), a multi-touch touchpad (which can be disabled so that you can just use the screen for input) and an SD card reader. Oh, did we mention it also contains a 19.5Wh battery that provides up to 14 hours of battery life when the pad is attached?

We won’t say the dock is a must-have, but once you’ve used it, you’ll never go back to fingertip gymnastics. Don’t be fooled by the dock though; this is not a replacement laptop, by any means. It is an awesome tablet with a very cool keyboard.  The dock simply enhances the tablet experience that the Transformer Pad Infinity brings you.

And it is quite an experience. The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity is simply one of the best Android tablets available.

Operating System Android (1) 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)
Display 10.1" WUXGA Full HD (1920 × 1200) LED Backlit screen
Super IPS+ display with 600 nits brightness
10 finger multi-touch support
CPU Qualcomm MSM 8260A Snapdragon S4 Krait Dual-core 1.5 Ghz CPU(3G ) NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core T33@ 1.6 GHz (WIFI)
Memory Memory: DDR3L 1GB / Storage: 32/64GB
Storage 8GB of ASUS WebStorage for life
Wireless Data Network WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4 GHz
Bluetooth v3.0, A2DP
Camera Front 2MP for video conferencing
Rear 8MP Auto-focus w/LED Flash
f/2.2 Aperture
1080p video recording
Audio Dual microphone
1 × Stereo Speaker
Interface Pad:
1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Head Phone / Mic-in)
1 × Micro-D HDMI 1.4a port
1 × microSD Card Slot
Mobile Dock:
1 x USB2.0 port
1 x SD Card Reader
Sensor G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass
Application ASUS launcher
MyLibrary
MyNet
MyCloud
@Vibe Music
ASUS webstorage
File manager
ASUS sync
SuperNote
App Locker
App Backup
TegraZone
Battery Pad Only: 25Wh – 9.5 hours
Pad + Dock: 25Wh+ 19.5Wh – 14 hours
Dimensions 10.3 x 10.3 × 7.1" / 1.32 lb (263 × 180.8 × 8.5mm / 598 g)
GPS Supported
Mobile Dock Only  
Dimensions  10.3  × 7.1 x 0.31" (263 x 180.8 x 8~10.4mm)
Weight 1.18 lb (537 g)
Pad with Dock  
Dimensions  10.3  × 7.1 x 0.71" (263 x 180.8 x 17~19.4mm)
Weight 2.5 lb (1,135 g)

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Hi! this item is now on the store under "NEW ITEM, AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER", when are you expecting to have in on stock?

Thanks!

Hello -

We have no confirmed delivery dates at this time regarding the new  ASUS 32GB Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 10.1" Wi-Fi Only Tablet (Amethyst Gray).

Please sign up for an e-mail notification which is accessed from the product page and keep an eye on our website for updates.

can I print from it???

Hello Mags -

Using Google’s Cloud Print you can print directly from your Android device to any printer. Cloud Print sends your print jobs via the internet.  Cloud Print BETA and PrinterShare™ Mobile Print are two free apps available from the Google Play store that enable printing from an Android tablet. You will need to install the Chrome browser onto any computer with a printer, and then enable Cloud Print in the settings. This is tied to your Google account.  Using Google Cloud Print, you can make your home and work printers available to you and anyone you choose, from the applications you use every day. Google Cloud Print works on your phone, tablet, Chromebook, PC, and any other web-connected device you want to print from. If you have additional questions please e-mail us at:  AskBH@BandH.com

What OS language is pre installed on the Infinity Pad?
Can I switch language like on a Android phone or do I have to re-install the OS like on a windows PC?

Hello -

English is the default OS language and it is preloaded. Language may be changed or switched easily by accessing the MENU and clicking on SETTINGS and then LANGUAGE.

Is this support the Japanese language?

Can this be ROOTED, so that the framework level application could be installed on it?

Kindly let me know
Anand

Hello Anand -

Language may be changed or switched easily to Japanese by accessing the MENU and clicking on SETTINGS and then LANGUAGE.  Unfortunately we cannot advise on "rooting" the tablets we offer as it would void any warranty offered by B&H or the manufacturer.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

I love it, need more information and how to get one, for shipment in Nigeria

Hi Simon -

Add the tablet to the on-line shopping cart  > CHOOSE "NIGERIA" from the drop down country list > CHOOSE a SHIPPING OPTION > PROCEED TO CHECKOUT and PAYMENT.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com