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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF700T

Today, ASUS is introducing the Transformer Prime TF700T, its new flagship tablet and upgrade to the Transformer Prime TF201. The TF700T, which according to ASUS does not replace the TF201, remains practically the same as the original Prime, save for a higher resolution (1920x1200) display, a better front facing camera (2MP), and featuring a new back panel design.

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When ASUS released the original Prime (TF201), early last month, we described it as one hell of a device, packing more power and newer features in an even smaller package than the original Transformer (TF101). Unfortunately, the all-aluminum construction of the Prime caused some serious GPS issues, which ASUS acknowledged as a hardware problem.

Interestingly, it appears that ASUS' main goal of releasing the TF700T is to rectify the GPS issue in the original Prime. Although the majority of the TF700T remains the same as the TF201, the back panel has been significantly modified to enhance WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS performance. While it is laudable that ASUS has chosen to rectify the GPS issue by modifying the back panel, we must question why the TF201 was even released with such an obvious and major design flaw. Indeed, early adopters of the TF201 must be feeling as though ASUS left them holding the bag, so to speak.

The TF700T, as mentioned already, is practically the same as the TF201, but here are the specs anyway:

  • 10.1” (1920x1200) Super IPS+ panel, with a 178 degree viewing angle
  • 1.3 GHz Quad core Cortex A9 NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor (with 12 core GeForce GPU)
  • 8MP rear camera with autofocus, LED Flash, and 1080P recording and 2MP front facing camera with HD video chat
  • 32GB/64GB internal memory, plus 8GB of ASUS Web Storage
  • WLAN 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
  • 2-in-1 3.5mm jack, micro-HDMI output, and microSD card reader
  • 25WHr lithium-polymer battery (should have the same battery life as the TF201)
  • 263 x 180.8 x 8.3mm and 586g

The keyboard dock for the TF700T remains the same as the one for the original TF201:

  • 1 USB 2.0 ports, full-size MMC/SD/SDHC card reader
  • 22 WHr battery for extended battery life
  • 263 x 180.8 x 8 to 10.4 mm, 537g

The retail price of the 32GB version of the device will be $599, while the larger 64GB version will go for $699. The price of the keyboard dock will remain the same at $149. The device will be available in Q2 2012.

Unfortunately, we do not have pictures of the TF700T, particularly the newly designed back panel, at this time.

ASUS Eee Pad MeMO ME171

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In addition to announcing the TF700T, ASUS have decided to continue diversifying their product line by introducing an update to the Eee Pad MeMO 3D in the guise of the MeMO ME171. The revamped MeMO will run Android 4.01, support capacitive stylus capabilities, and will have the following specs:

  • 7” WXGA (1280 x 800) IPS panel with capacitive touch
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8260 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB eMMC internal storage and "ASUS Webstorage" options
  • WLAN 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, and Qualcomm GPS One
  • 5MP rear camera with autofocus and 1080P recording and 1.2MP front camera
  • G-sensor, e-compass, light sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor
  • Micro-USB port, micro-HDMI (1.3a), and MicroSD card reader
  • 4400mAh lithium-polymer battery with 8.5hrs video playback
  • 7.8 x 4.6 x 0.50” and 14.2oz

The ME171 will be available in February for $299.

Update: We just found out that the ME171 will not be available in North America and is slated for a Q2 release for all regions that will  be carrying the product. For info on the MeMo that will be coming to North America, go here.

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • Yo-Yo Ma

    I'm glad I didn't buy the TF201, but then again, I promised myself I would not buy any tablet until it was 1920x1200, and I'm REALLY holding out for AMOLED.
    And If I can get one that dual boots Win8 AND Android 4.0, I'd be on cloud 9.
    I'd probably pay well into the $800-1000 for a AMOLED transformer with 1920x1200 and dual boot Win8/Android. No questions asked. Like release day-standing-in-line purchase. (Assuming Win8 doesn't suck too hard...)

    • mike d

      Dude that is my dream tablet right there

      • Nocturnhaboe

        The only thing about a Screen with that high of resolution at that size is you won't be able to tell that it is that res. Your eyes just can't see that well

        • mikensnowmass

          well said, it just an advertising ploy to squeeze more money out of the pockets of newbs who don't know better. and as the owner of a tf201, yes there is a usb 2.0 connection, a micro sd slot, a mini hdmi and with the docking station one gets near 18hrs from the batteries. i just got mine two days back and i have no issues whatsoever with it. the unit even came with the os upgrade, ics in place so no need for me to deal with that. i couldn't be happier with mine. i can see no good reason why one would wait for the tf700 when you really aren't getting anything more to speak of than w/the tf201.

    • sasquatch

      Dont know what the date is but found it on newegg the other days. runs android 2.2.
      http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834102012

      • sasquatch

        For got to mention it dual boots android and windows using blue stacks technology.

  • Darkmyth

    still no usb port??? neeeeexxxxttttt

    • Silver

      its IN THE KEYBOARD DOCK !

      • Darkmyth

        I dont want no stinkin keyboard ,for that i would buy an asus eepc

        • stranger

          There is another option you can buy an otg cable bought mine for $2 (:

        • Nocturnhaboe

          just buy the friggen converter dude it takes like 2 sec and is about the size of a couple of coins stacked on each other

  • harinath

    the world were in my hand

  • dundas

    THX Asus for dumping this on us who bought the TF201, you should offer us a free TF700T for the trouble.

    /(%)/)=)%#/&%you ASUS

    • Nocturnhaboe

      return it? if you can that is

  • Russeru

    $100 more than the Prime just for a slightly better display, a better camera, and a back panel design that actually makes sense?

    No thanks, I'm just gonna get the original TF.

  • http://stuarthalliday.com Stuart Halliday

    How Asus treats its previous customers will decide if I buy the new tablet or not.

    Shaft me once and I'll never buy from them again.

    Hopefully they'll offer customers new back plates.

    In the UK we can of course get a full refund as we have up to 6 years to return it (5 years in Scotland), if a product is faulty due to a manufacturing fault.
    :)

    • Ben

      While there is some truth in the 6 year figure , under consumer law the onus is on the user to prove that it is the manufacturers fault after 6 months of ownership.

      So you have 6 months really, then a manufacturer can say 'prove it's our fault'.

  • denbo

    Glad I stuck it out with my tf101. I wonder if the tf201 if going to be discontinued? I'd still buy the tf201 with poor GPS. Of course, at a discount ;-)

  • Yuriy

    They should offer a buy back program for the early TF201 buyers.

  • Cody

    Wow, I feel like I just got bent over.

  • Alex C

    Listen, I'm really happy with my Prime. WiFi performance has been totally acceptable for me, and I never bought it for the GPS in the first place.

    That said, if I can sell off my tablet when this comes out and recoup even $400 out of it on Swappa or something, I might upgrade. I'd dig the extra pixels, mostly. I haven't used my forward-facing camera yet, so that's a non-issue at this point. I'd also appreciate the increased signal strength a different back would provide.

    It'd be really great if, as Yuriy pointed out, ASUS had a buy-back or discounted option for us early adopters, but such is the price of living on the edge.

  • Golightly

    I'd buy a used Prime with the GPS issues if it were on the cheap. I have a phone for GPS, I have no need for it in a tab anyways. That said, I'll probably still wait for the new Lenovo.

  • cosmic

    "Wah how dare they do that to us!"

    What did you expect when:
    A) CES was right around the corner.
    B) Tablets are set to take off like smartphones in upgrades.
    C) You decided to be an early adopter.

    I could maybe understand it if they re-released the TF2 with a fixed back. But this is a different product with increased spec(s) and an increased price.

  • JimmyBoo

    Shocking Asus - You mess up big time then dress up the fix as a new product rather than make good on your mistake. "Not a professional GPS device" Presumably the new one will be on the basis that this time it'll be fit for purpose? Also wifi issues - on a wifi only tablet - WTF !?!? If it wasn't so sad it would be funny. When will they remove spun metallic design from the sales garb? You can have your device functionality fcuked up in either amethyst grey or Champagne Gold woo-hoo!!!

  • katrina

    Just receive mine in the mail tody ( only second shipment from amazon) and immediately after they release a new model? It hasnt even been in peoples hands for a month! I feel that we should get some type of compensationfor having an obsolete device almost immediately. Early reports mentioned asus ws fixing reports of wifi issues. But i guess it just meant they were keeping hype high so they could sell off the tf201 stock at full price while they redesigned it. This after the botched relese dates is a complete slap in the face to customers.Not to mention the vlue of the tf201s is gonna be close tonothing.

  • Sam

    My prime does everything I want it to and more. No wifi issues and I don't even use the GPS anyway. So I don't feel the need to upgrade to this newer device. Though I do think that ASUS should offer something to those early adpoters who do want the newer version.

  • Deltaechoe

    ...I love how asus just shoved this down my throat the day my prime arrives in the mail...damn you electronics world

  • http://mgamerzproductions.com Mgamerz

    Do you complainers about the GPS actually use a GPS on a wifi only tablet? Seriously?

  • James

    Asus have not ripped anyone off, releasing a new product does not make the old one a rip off. Asus are actually listening to feedback and responding. A lot of people were commenting on wanting higher resolutions, so they fix it, the GPS and wifi complaints grew, so ASUS made sure it won't happen again

  • Cesar

    Allow me to link to an old but still very relevant Dilbert comic: http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1993-03-08/

  • Stephan

    Don't care what anyone says. This is total BS from Asus. What a nonsense..! If they don't find a solution to that GPS, I'm never going to buy any of their crap again..

    • HookedOnTabs

      Better hurry the free GPS dongle from Asus on their website expires in July. Did you watch Lisa Grade from mobiletechreviews show how to fix the wifi by squeezing the top bezel in 2 precise points. I heard that and Asus fix bug took care of the wifi issue?

  • Tyler C

    I love how Asus says it doesn't replace the TF201. How does it not? Yes, it does, it totally replaces it, just because it is not running Tegra 4 doesn't mean it doesn't replace it. It is better or equal to in every imaginable way.

  • magdushka

    Well I think that Asus should do something for owners of "old" Prime as well, like makes new back cover for better wifi/BT/GPS signal ,for me it would be enough... Maybe in USA this new toy will be 100$ more, but in my country TFP 32GB with dock costs 800$(in USA 650$), I can´t even imagine price of TF700T with same spec, 1000$ maybe? Isn´t it too much? I don´t want to buy it, I don´t care about better resolution or camera, I just wanted some good tablet... and wifi only tablet should provide acceptable wifi

  • Rama

    I was a big fan of Asus until they screwed up everything they could about the Transformer Prime. The WIFI/GPS issues are real design flaws. Clearly the WIFI on a newer version of a WIFI only tablet cannot/should not be poorer than its predecessor. Asus should really recall the product and replace the faulty parts (back panel) or replace it with the new design (without the new screen). This is a big disappointment for early adopters like me.

  • Peter

    A recall, or replacement of the back cover to fix the GPS, or possible better wifi would satisfy me. The extra resolution and 2mb camera not a big deal to me.

  • JohnB

    I am with the majority here in wanting Asus to make good on all the DEFECTIVE PRIMES they pushed out. I used GPS on my TF101 and deactivated my Copilot and saved it for the TF201. What BS! First ASUS pulls the spec. Then they fix it, and dress it up as an "upgrade model" Within 2 weeks of the original product? They have alienated their biggest supporters, the early adopters got SCREWED. We want a new backplate or free upgrade Asus. Can you say "Class Action"?

  • Pete
    • Steph

      +1 !
      Only about 1500 signatures ...?! :-/

  • Arjun

    For close to a $1000 might as well buy a win7, Galaxy 7 slate 11.5" with an i5 processor. Most should be upgradable for free to win8 by now.

  • http://www.gaharuku.com GaharuKU

    Still waiting for this high resolution tablet to come out.

  • RHDZJR

    WHEN WILL COME OUT i WILL PURCHASE IT.

  • Liban Hussein Ali

    The new version of the prime would been bether if they dident placed the wolume at the place where you hold your hand