Asus has recently refreshed its range of premium tablets a 10" with Asus Transformer Pad TF701T, a descendant of Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 model launched last summer.
Even if the new product does not include the "Infinity" word, it retains most features of its predecessor in terms of design and construction and maintenance including a name difficult to pronounce and remember.
Thus, we can see a tablet that can be used as a laptop (a laptop with Android, that's right) through a docking station that includes a QWERTY keyboard and extra battery.
In addition, Asus has kept the tradition on the hardware platform, as relying on NVIDIA Tegra 4. However, unlike the Tegra 3 from last year, the new Tegra 4 was almost completely ignored by producers who relied mainly on Qualcomm and Intel platforms.
What Is The Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
Asus Transformer Pad TF701 is a tablet with a diagonal of 10" that can be used for all kinds of activities, from surfing the internet and to the games. Productivity is increased via a docking station with QWERTY keyboard, but it is still limited by the fact that the Android operating system is not suitable for content creation.
Specifications Of Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
- Screen: IGZO IPS, 10.1", 2560 x 1600 px
- Chipset: Nvidia Tegra 4 T40X
- Procesor: Quad-core, Cortex A15, 1.9 GHz
- 2 GB RAM
- Storage 32 GB
- 5 MP Camera, Full HD, 1.2 MP front
We have enjoyed the new Transformer, but the most impressed us its screen. We are talking about a panel build on IPS IGZO technology with a diagonal of 10.1" and resolution 2560 × 1600 pixels, corresponding to a density of 299 pixels per inch.
Relatively new on the market, IGZO technology allows better brightness and TF701T's display is capable of displaying natural colors and has good viewing angles. In addition, the same technology IGZO enables lower power consumption screen. Overall, we have nothing to complain about the screen available on the new Asus tablet.
Regarding construction and design, the new TF701T largely retains its predecessor's features. If the front prevails, of course, screen 10", the back is made of aluminum, with the exception of the upper part where the plastic has been preferred to provide a GPS signal and the antenna access.
In terms of size, the new Transformer is lighter than its predecessor as a "weak" at 585 grams compared to 598 grams of the TF700, being lighter than an iPad 4. On the other hand, if the length and width remain the same, the thickness increased by 0.4 mm, to 8.9 mm, but this will not actually be observed in practice.
On its sides there are the standard set of buttons that add a microSD slot for expanding the internal memory and a microHDMI port. Obviously, there is a USB port that you use to charge your tablet and connect to the computer. Therefore, there is a standard USB port and most likely Asus avoid renouncing at it through the docking station's use.
In terms of hardware, the Asus Transformer TF701T is one of the first tablets with Tegra 4 chipset, which appears on the market, and it includes a quad-core ARM Cortex A15 frequency of 1.9 GHz, graphics unit with 72 cores, 2 GB RAM and 32 GB for data storage.
Impressive figures are confirmed in practical everyday use. Basically, Asus tablet is fast and fluently respond to commands regardless of the type of content you run from ordinary web browsing and up to Full HD video and photo or video editing, obviously within the limits of Android. The platform is also able to run the latest games and the best example of this is GTA Vice City. It ran smooth at maximum details, given that few Android tablets are capable of such performance.
Like all other tablets in the Transformer series, TF701T enjoy an optional dock that turns the tablet into a mini laptop (some might even say ultrabook). The docking station features a QWERTY keyboard, a small trackpad, an extra battery and a USB port.
The dock has a solid construction but unlike Asus tablet preferred to use the plastic material. Fortunately, it is well machined and has a texture similar to that of aluminum, so that looks good compatible with your tablet.
The only metal on the docking station's tablet is the clamping mechanism and the process of annexation is a simple one. To attach the two sides, just line up the little arrow on the tablet on the hinge and pull.
Asus has accustomed us with a quality sound system and software for quality improvement, but TF701T features a single speaker located on the back right side of the tablet. Besides the fact that the sound is not very strong when holding the tablet in landscape is likely to cover the speaker and thus distort the sound. Therefore, it is best to turn to a pair of headphones.
Finally, the back of the tablet heats up pretty well after intensive sessions of use. The good part is that the phenomenon occurs only in the central area around the Asus logo, which you will not achieve too often during a typical use.
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T and availability
Unfortunately, details of availability and price are the most unknown fact, as Asus has yet to official information on this topic.
As for price, we estimate that Pad Transformer TF701T will have a retail price of about 500 EUR for the 32 GB version. The dock will be sold separately and will probably be priced around 150 EUR.
However, they are only estimates based on price of the predecessors and those charged by other manufacturers for similar tablets, so it is possible to be wrong. Stay tuned for information about prices of Asus tablet when we have the official data from Asus.