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ASUS continues its domination of the Android tablet market with the introduction of the Transformer Pad 300 Series. While the naming scheme for ASUS' tablets may be reaching near-Samsung levels of confusing, the new mid-range tablets look to be a great way to get yourself a 10" tablet without breaking the bank.

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The tablet packs the same Tegra 3 SoC as its big brother, though we'd imagine it's clocked a little slower than the Prime and Infinity variants. It also contains the same 22Whr battery and 1GB of RAM. The major difference, thankfully, isn't in lower specs or older versions of Android, but in materials. The Transformer Pad 300 Series is made of plastic, instead of the aluminum cases that ASUS' higher-end tablets have. It's nice to see a company cut costs without shooting performance in the foot for once.

The tablets come in three colors that are totally not in any way U.S.-themed. Each has its own optional, colored laptop docks as well. The tablets will start at $399, which makes them slightly cheaper than the Transformer Prime, and comfortably below the iPad's base price of $500.

Here's a closer look at the specs:

  • Dimensions: 263 x 180.8 x 9.9mm
  • Plastic chassis
  • 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display
  • Weight: 635g
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3 (4 x Cortex A9) processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • 22Whr battery
  • Android 4.0

As usual, there's no word on pricing or availability yet. We're also still waiting to hear about that mythical $250 Tegra 3-powered 7" tablet ASUS announced at CES, so add this to the list of slates that we can't wait to see hit the market. We're not sure where you are, Motorola and HTC, but it looks like ASUS—and to a lesser extent Samsung—are running away with the Android tablet market.

Source: ASUS, via Anandtech

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • jjrudey

    I would happily take this over the original Transformer Prime.

    • Lavi Wolf

      Same here!
      Hope this tablet will have a good price in Europe too.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

    Curiosity, anybody know if it's possibly the exact same/compatible hardware inside? If so, that would mean Asus could develop and release updates for as many as 3 different products at the same time. Compared to Samsung, the former king of too many nearly identical products, this would be the brilliant cost-cutting measure ;)

    I'd be really tempted to look at this too, even though the Prime is nice, I would rather save the money now for my next phone purchase. The plastic back wouldn't phase me as long as it's not too cheap.

    • Greg

      Also, plastic back means less of a chance for the wireless radios to fail as hard as the initial kerfufle with the prime's radios...

  • txdonahues

    As an owner of a Transformer Prime, I can tell you that once you have a case you never see the aluminum back anyways and likely you won't have the GPS/WiFi issues associated with the aluminum back.

  • Ivan92116

    So basically it's the original Transformer but with an upgraded processor.
    I'm buying one...in Blue :-)

  • bender

    I really hope that asus don't screw this product launch with successive delays and short stock

  • Danny

    I wish someone would've shot a video of the Asus conference at MWC...

    Anyway, I love the fact that Asus came out with a transformer that I can afford, with very little sacrifices compared to it's big brothers.

  • Robert Whittaker

    I'd be happy to save the money and have plastic. What's the release date?

  • tookie

    question, since this is exactly the same as the prime, without the Al body, can i assume that i can flash cm9 on the 300 without issues?

  • Rklparker1

    It is hard to know which color to pick since no one has these available to look at in person in the North Central Texas area.  It's been a week since the blue T300 tablet was released; the white and red won't be released until June.  I could buy it online in various places but surprisingly, Best Buy (my preferred source), didn't even know about this product and has no idea if they will even be licensed to sell it. Has Asus slowed the premier of this product so as not to compete with the new iPad?

  • mulan

    I think the biggest omission from this article and the biggest difference between the tf201 and the tf300 is the downgraded IPS display.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Having checked them both out in person and up-close, oh my - the difference is so vast, I can't look at the TF300's screen anymore.