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Back at CES, ASUS lit a bit of a wildfire by announcing a new iteration of the Transformer Prime with the model number TF700T. ASUS insisted that this new Prime would not replace the old Prime. To further drive that point home, the Taiwanese company has rebranded the TF700T as the Transformer Pad Infinity and placed it on the top rung of its rather varied tablet ladder.

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Here's the specs for the Transformer Pad Infinity. Chances are they'll look a little familiar:

  • Dimensions: 263 x 180.8 x 8.5mm
  • Display: 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 Super IPS+
  • Weight: 586g
  • Processor: 3G/4G LTE - 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 (2 x Krait) / WiFi - 1.6GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 T33 (4 x Cortex A9)
  • Memory: 1GB
  • Storage: 16GB - 64GB
  • Battery: 25Whr
  • Pricing: $599 - $799 est

Starting at $599, the Infinity is now ASUS' most expensive and most powerful tablet. While ASUS is trying to pitch the Infinity as a separate device, it should be said that the Infinity includes a change to the design of the device that fixes the issues with GPS reception that plagued the Transformer Prime. As you can see in the photo above, a plastic RF window strip has been added to rear of the device which should improve reception. While the Transformer Prime will still be sold, it will still have the same GPS defect, which means it may not be the best investment unless you really need the extra $100.

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You'll also notice that the LTE version of the device is sporting Qualcomm's dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, instead of the Tegra 3 SoC that ASUS tends to prefer. It's unclear why ASUS opted to go with the Qualcomm processor for the LTE version of the Infinity instead of the Tegra 3, as the latter does have LTE configurations.

Regardless, the Infinity is one of the nicest tablets we've seen in a while. Hate to break it to you, Transformer Prime users, but rebranding or no, it looks like ASUS is about to make the Prime obsolete.

Update: To clarify the Tegra 3 vs. S4 issue, it appears that the Tegra 3 chip only recently gained LTE-compatibility. This would explain why devices like the Infinity or the HTC One X missed out on NVIDIA's quad-core processor, but the Transformer Pad 300 Series sports LTE on a Tegra 3 chip. Also, the TF700T model number implies Tegra 3, so if you pick up the LTE version of the Infinity, you do not have the TF700T model.

Since LTE integration with Tegra 3 devices is still in development, it may mean that the release of the Transformer Pad 300 Series is still a ways off.

Source: ASUS, via Anandtech

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  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116930094233210246792/posts Chris Bailey

    This is exactly the reason why i cancelled my pre-order of the prime

  • Frank

    lTE and tegra 3.don't work together

    • http://androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft

      Check the update. There are announced, but unreleased Tegra 3 devices with LTE configurations, but the fact that ASUS went with the S4 for the Infinity likely means they want to release it sooner.

      • Chris

        So Nvidia has fixed the Tegra 3 and 4G/LTE issue? Does that mean Quad-Core devices coming in summer such as LG Optimus 4X HD will sport 4G/LTE as well? I am interested in that phone, though I do want 4G since they just came here in Sweden:( Hoping for an answer back! Thank you!

  • nemo

    it’s = it is / it was / it has

    its = belonging to it

    • jon

      People who correct grammar in the comment section = pathetic

    • Disinform

      it's it was

  • Lazarus Dark

    I would only ever buy a wifi tab anyway and just use the hotspot on my phone. Why would anyone want another monthly data fee when you already have one?

    • jm

      Off the top of my head:

      If you buy the tablet unsubsidised, you won't necessarily have a monthly plan for your tablet. Case in point, I own the LTE Xoom and can buy data only as needed.

      The use of more than one network. I'm on Sprint for my phone but have the option of using Verizon's services on the tablet.

      Lastly, it's just liberating not having to tether to another device.

      • Drewskeetz

        I stream movies and music and download all day on my prime...im not gonna buy data when i have unlimited data on my phone that i have no problem tethering to. however thats just my case im sure theres others who dont use much data at all and this would work for them..its all about what works for who..nothing else matters. The device looks pretty sweet though ..may have to Ebay my prime for this when it comes out

  • rootblock

    Should have packed 2GB RAM..

  • Scott

    Let's see if I understand this correctly. They want $700 for a 32 GB 700 model when the 201 is only $500 for the same storage. I don't think the higher screen resolution and the .1 increase in clock speed is worth the extra $200. IMO!

    • bryan

      599 = 600 not 700. so you are paying 100$ more... but it would be worth it to get your hands on that sweet s4 tech... battery life will last so much better especially with more power going to the 1080p screen.

      • Harrison

        Well, assuming that the pricing is linear, the 16GB version will be $599. The 32GB version, the equivalent of the $499 Prime, will most likely be $200 more at $699, if the pricing info in the article is correct.

  • Greg

    Sounds good, but how long are we going to have to wait to get one?!!!

    I cancelled my Prime order a couple days before it was going to ship, but I let the keyboard ship in anticipation of using it with the TF700T. I'm wondering if I should keep hanging on to it or return/sell the keyboard and just try to get one again when the TF700T/Infinity finally becomes available...

    A solid release/availability date and accurate pricing would be very helpful.

    • LayZee

      +1 on that last sentence!

  • Rome

    How does this make the TPrime (still the best tablet besides this new announcement tablet) obsolete?

    Obsolete: No longer in general use, discarded, out of date.

    Clearly a tablet with a quad-core SoC is not out of date. Just because something isn't number 1 doesn't mean its useless. Silly.

    • http://androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft

      Choosing between two nearly-identical tablets, one with GPS that works properly and one that has had widespread reported issues due to an unfixable design flaw....I'd go with the latter.

      Sure, you can still use the Primes, but it's pretty clear that, naming conventions aside, ASUS is trying to shove the Prime aside with this device, not add an extra, even higher tier of device.

      • deltaechoe

        you mean the former

      • Harrison

        Yes, identical other than the price

  • yemko

    Let forget about ... for now,
    it all about the pureview now

  • Omar

    Yea i want it now..

  • Lavi Wolf

    Way too expensive.
    In Europe will be even more expensive...

    It's NOT worth it!

  • Chris G

    Does this unit have a SD card slot?

  • http://www.twitter.com/Genjinaro Genjinaro

    I hope it comes out in the U.S. next month. I've held off on getting the Transformer Prime just for this.

  • Lon Lawrence

    It's interesting to note that not all TF-201 have GPS problems. It seems to be intermittent. If you follow the forums, some guys brag about their GPS working INDOORS, even. While others claim their GPS is very weak, even outdoors, and some of us complain about NO GPS at all! I sent mine back to Asus for repair and they just informed me that they shipped me a NEW one. So I guess the GPS isn't repairable when it doesn't work. I hope I get one of the good ones this time. If not, it will go on Ebay when the new one is released (and be scarfed up by someone that doesn't need/care about GPS). Then I'll add $200 to my original purchase and get the new one at the new rip-off price. I don't have much respect for Asus at this point and, after getting a working tablet, would never buy anything else from them. It was pretty dirty of them to fix their "known" problems by releasing news of a whole new tablet (before most of us even had our paid-for first-gen tablet in our hands) and leave everyone else (except the U.K. where they will buy back your TF-201...only country in the world they made that offer) high and dry with a "sorry, it doesn't work like we said it did. The jokes on you for buying our first experimental tablet. ha ha".

    • bob

      havent even tried my gps.. but i hope it dosnt work... i got a 4year product replacement plan.. so when they stop selling the tf201 i can take it in and claim the gps is not working :)

  • http://www.flickr.com/__max Max

    I cancelled my Prime order in anticipation for this as well, so hopefully it releases soon!

  • Kree

    I hate to be that guy but tablet fragmentation here we come. It makes no sense to me that they wouldnt fix the gps issues in the tf201 at least.

    • Chris G

      i would probably make sense if they would have to do a physical recall. they probably dont want to spend the money.

  • Lucian Armasu

    HTC One X has Tegra 3. Perhaps you meant it's why it doesn't have LTE.

  • EmmaP

    I have a Prime I'm really happy with, if Asus want to bring out something new, it doesn't bother me! Variety is a good thing, as there's something for everyone.

  • CJ

    TBH they will have to go a long way to beat the original Prime experience. I've had zero issues with mine after a month of owning..IMO it's the best tablet on the market so the infinity will have to be amazing to beat it.

    • Lili

      Same here! Loving my Prime! I can't think how they can improve it, but I guess they know what they're doing.

  • Husain

    Love Android. I feel sorry for the iStuck dudes who don't know better.

    • CJ2456

      your last comment has just redefined the amount of true a single sentence can have.

  • briansturridge

    this looks like a beast. gimme gimme gimme

  • Reggie

    the specs does not justify the price.its 1gb ram only and 64gb Harddrive

  • Sam

    Not even a guess-timate on the release date? I need one of these Infinitys! :D

  • Jadefalcon

    I really want the 700 but the wait is aweful. Asus needs some serious counselling about NOT makeing annoucement with out being able to purchase it RIGHT AWAY. Apple annouces the ipad 3 and it goes on sale the following day!! Can't Asus see what the competition is doing. I'm tired of reading all the articles comparing the ipad 3 and the 700. There IS NO comparision because we can't BUY the 700. Come on Asus get your act together. Still trying to wait.....

  • Linda

    Is the 700t renamed the Infinity?

  • Lynnfashions

    is this coming to the states? I read in another article it's likely to only be released in Europe??? why would that be?

  • David Alejandro

    porque se demoran tanto en su lanzamiento, es muy cierto lo que dice jadefalcon