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Info about the Transformer Pad 300's availability has been slowly showing up more and more often over the past few weeks. Now, thanks to Amazon, we have all of the last bits of information that we needed about this powerhouse-in-a-plastic-body device, including price and release date.

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As you can see, the TP300 will be available on April 22, along with a whole slew of other Android devices (Galaxy Tab 2 7, Sprint Galaxy Nexus, LG Viper, and LG Optimus Elite). And for $400, this thing packs a punch:

  • 10.1-inch 1280x800 IPS display
  • 1.2Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB built-in storage
  • Plastic chassis
  • Android 4.0

Looks like Amazon thinks that the 300 should have 2GB of RAM, but rest assured, that's just a typo.

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Given the fact that the original Transformer is still going for $359 for the 16GB version, the TP300 is going to be an absolute steal when it finally hits. If you plan on picking one of these up, you better hurry up and get your order in, because something tells me they're going to go sell out fast.

[Amazon]

Cameron Summerson
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  • Ian Santopietro

    The funny thing is that's not even 2 GB, but rather ~1.9. 

  • Richard Bowen

    I like how Amazon also stated it has a 32 GB Serial ATA 10000 RPM hard drive.

    • Ian Santopietro

      In all honesty, the performance will probably be similar to a 10,000 RPM HDD, but still... *shakes head

  • CJ Walker

    I'm having trouble figuring out what's the difference between this and the prime? Is it just the Super IPS display option available on the prime?

    • Sam H

      Tegra 3 is clocked slightly lower, its thicker by a few mm and its got a plastic case instead of metal. And yes it has a normal IPS panel.

  • billcollier

    Yes good price, and I'm glad my transformer is still keeping its price. Maybe I'll trade it in for pad phone.

  • Crankerchick

    This is tempting but I think I want to hold out for the Infinity. I have a Xoom and don't want to give up Vanilla android when all I want the most is a screen upgrade.

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

      My feelings exactly...I'm very tempted to grab the 300 at the price, but the extra bump in resolution on the Infinity and other various tuning that it's getting tells me I'll be pretty happy with it for a long time.

      • Goldenpins

        whats the main difference on the infinity version? 

        • sssgadget

          1920 x 1200 screen .. 1080p output

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

          Should just look to the 'Related Stories' section above, it's surprisingly good and having the right links sometimes.  Here's the link, http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/02/27/mwc-2012-asus-unveils-the-transformer-pad-infinity-tf700t-packs-tegra-3-or-snapdragon-s4-under-a-1920x1200-super-ips-display/

          Sorry, I misspoke, there's no resolution bump over the Prime and it looks to be the same screen tech.  Looks like the 300 only has a Super IPS vs the Infinity and Prime's Super IPS+...what's the Plus actually mean here? :)  The Infinity will also be data capable (3g and LTE depending on variant).  Looking at this, I'm starting to get second thoughts over the Infinity, especially if it's really only packing a gig of RAM?  Anybody know of any other differences that make the Infinity worth the extra price tag?

        • Christoph Meyer

          The funny thing is the Infinity still has the same Tegra 3, so that means it needs a lot more  procesor power for the same apps/games, cause it outputs 1920*1080  instead of 1280*800.

  • Goldenpins

    lol they also say 10.1 LED screen

  • William Strop

    Looks like Amazon's allotment is already spoken for. Even though their search listings show the device at $400, the actual tablet's page on Amazon only shows an option to order through Mobile Advance for $450.

  • Matthew Fry

    Shows up as $489 now. Not so great now.

  • KamikaZee

    Funny that Asus home page states that the pad 300 will be available as 3g/4g LTE version, even with tegra 3.
    Too bad the infinity will be Krait only if you want cellular connectivity. Not that I'm one of  the omgosh quad core>>>> dual core guys, I know that krait actually smokes tegra 3 in most tasks.
    It's just the one thing I've been looking forward to the most was using splashtop THD.

    But I also want a cellular modem, and that 1920x1200 screen. WHY DOES NOONE EVER MAKE THE DEVICE I WANT? ://

    Same with HTC, I actually want a one x with krait inside, but don't want to get an american version.

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

      RE: 3g/4g LTE is written with slashes...they mean to say the 3g version will be a Tegra 3 and the 4g LTE version is the Snapdragon S4.  That's consistent with every phone and tablet that's been announced that's got similar components.  They always use a Tegra 3 for 3g networks and always swap in the S4 to get LTE.

      Seems that manufacturers only put the S4 into a device if they want to get LTE in there, otherwise they are sticking to the Tegra 3.  There must be a reason like price, battery life, performance, compatibility...Anybody know?

      • Shams Roozbeh

        That's because Tegra 3 doesn't have built in LTE support, unlike the S4 :)

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

          You missed my question, but as I re-read it I can see the phrasing was poor.  I know the S4 supports LTE while the Tegra 3 doesn't.  My question is why are so many companies preferring to use the Tegra 3 when they don't have to make the device support LTE?

          Clearly the cost of developing software updates, manufacturing two different variants of the hardware, advertising/marketing, testing, etc. are going to be higher by having two variants.  Why not just use the S4 and produce only one version.  If all of the benchmarks hold true and the S4 is as great as everybody says, it seems logical to just put it in everything UNLESS there's another reason...that's what I'm looking for, the other reason.

      • astria

        there's Galaxy Tab 8.9 with 4G LTE here in Australia...

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

          Not a Tegra 3
          Tegra 2 came in the Galaxy Tab 10.1/8.9/7.7 (1st gen of these sizes)

      • ElfirBFG

        Perhaps they have a contract with nVidia in which they MUST use T3s in X number of applicable devices? Or it could be as simple as research showing the the nVidia name is more recognised by the 'average' user and therefore will sell units on that fact alone. Same goes for 'Tegra' name itself, TegraZone specific apps could sway some as well. After light digging I'm seeing that the S4 has 8 gpu cores, whereas the T3 has 12. Seeing as the T3 is plopped into devices that are more likely to be used at home, it is more likely that they will be used for gaming, so that raw gpu power could outweigh the need for raw processing power.

        To answer your 'why', I have no clue, but those are possibilities.

      • ElfirBFG

        Perhaps they have a contract with nVidia in which they MUST use T3s in X number of applicable devices? Or it could be as simple as research showing the the nVidia name is more recognised by the 'average' user and therefore will sell units on that fact alone. Same goes for 'Tegra' name itself, TegraZone specific apps could sway some as well. After light digging I'm seeing that the S4 has 8 gpu cores, whereas the T3 has 12. Seeing as the T3 is plopped into devices that are more likely to be used at home, it is more likely that they will be used for gaming, so that raw gpu power could outweigh the need for raw processing power.

        To answer your 'why', I have no clue, but those are possibilities.

  • Brandito

    Anyone know if there's GPS in this thing? I know I know, it's silly to some of you for a tablet to have gps, but I want gps! So any confirmation?

    • Phreqd

      According to the Amazon specs, yes it will.

  • Tyler Chappell

    Super tempting as I sold my 12.1" laptop about a month ago, however I just bought my new one for $399, if this were really $399 instead of now $489, I'd be tempted to cancel my laptop.  However, I think I will still hold out for the rumored Nexus tablet or get a tablet later in the year.

  • atmancloud

    Man I really what this!

  • http://www.downbeattech.com Jon Bauerle

    Interesting... the screenshot above at $399 shows fulfillment by Amazon.  However, the link is fulfilled by a 3rd party for $489.  Was concerned until I saw the 3rd party.  Hopefully the $389 will stick.

  • Cody Shiranai

    Wait... I literally just got my Transformer 16gb from HH Gregg last Friday for $359 after taxes.  Should I be taking it back to the store for my refund?  I mean I love the thing and it's my first tablet and it does everything I want so far and I got the Android 4.0.3 update (thus being my first Android 4 device), but this seems a little off to have that price be 399+ tax and fuck over the Transformer people, or at least if it is that price, the Transformer should have to drop a lot more, right?

    What should I do?  Plus, really, I guess I would love the Infinity so I can get the 4G LTE version and put it under my Verizon plan.  I just would feel like betrayal my first tablet, what should I do, given how far off this new one is?

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

      Just to note, and not the most important detail, but I don't think they've announced which networks the LTE will work on. It's possible there won't be a Verizon version.

      I suspect the OG Transformer is going to drop to $300 when the TP300 comes out.  I personally would return yours in favor of the TP300, but there's no telling how long it will take to get one at the $399 price tag.  If you're thinking about the Infinity the price jump is quite a bit more...I'm still torn, but when the TP300 comes to a store anywhere near me and I can see it, I'll make a decision then.

  • http://twitter.com/mexedavian Mexed Avian

    How come it only says 1 processor? I thought Tegra 3 had more than 1.