Looks like an OTA update started making its way to the ASUS Transformer Pad 300 over the weekend that brings a handful of enhancements to the device, including Face Unlock, battery usage details (finally!), and a considerable boost in performance.

What do I mean by "considerable boost in performance," exactly? To put it mildly, the TF300 had a bit of... lag when too many things were running at one time, but it suffered the worst hit when app updates were installing from the Play Store. Now, that doesn't seem to be the case. In fact, the tablet seems to be quite a bit snappier overall, which is definitely a good thing. Here's to hoping that ASUS brings this update to the TF201 (Prime) so it can see the same (much needed) performance boost.

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Also included in the update is Battery Usage Details, so you can finally figure out what's been eating your battery up - a very, very handy feature indeed.

As far as other fixes are concerned, WiFi and GPS were also improved in some way. Otherwise, we've reached out to ASUS for more details and will update if/when we hear something back.

The update should be available now to all users (at least in the U.S., possibly Canada, as well). To pull it, head into Settings > About tablet > System Firmware Update.

Enjoy the new performance boost!

Cameron Summerson
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  • Stephen E

    I really think Asus have abadoned the Prime.. No reasonable update has come to that tablet for a while now. Same in the thrash as TF101

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

      I don't think they did - I'm confident the TF201 update is coming next. And I'm not sure what you're even talking about the TF101 - it just got a similar update last week that brought Face Unlock.

      • Rick Huddy

        Either it's because there's a nasty bug in the kernel that needs ironing out, or ASUS can't be arsed. Honestly, I own a TF201 and the fact both the 101 and 300 got sorted quicker boggles the mind. I know there is a nasty to do with the Nvidia side of the code but really ASUS, pull your finger out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/glazzi Leon A-z

      There is an official ASUS thread in xDA where they said some days ago that they were working on a OTA update for TF201. Sadly, it was closed due to constant trolling from angry users. But I agree that there seems to be something really difficult to overcome with the Prime, some bugs come from Honeycomb and they could not be solved yet!

  • smithers85

    i just tried manually pulling the ota. it said there is no update available at this time   

    • Erik Neu

      (Apologies in advance if I am stating the obvious :) If you have a more recent unit, it may already have it. I got mine 5 days ago, and tried a couple of times to pull it and got nothing, before it occurred to me to check.

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

    This update has worked miracles to the TF300 - before it was just as unresponsive as the Prime oftentimes, as everyone on the team who has one agreed. Post-update things are flying comparatively (it's still not what I'd consider super snappy but a lot better). The TF201 needs this update badly, I was *this* close to RMAing it.

    Plus, Face Unlock!

    • http://www.facebook.com/glazzi Leon A-z

      Everytime I think about it, the TF201 seems more and more a beta version to me... it sure looks and feels great, but it so laggy. I really hope they fix browser FCs, I almost dropped browsing from my Prime due to this...

  • http://www.thomasegger.at Thomas Egger

    i received the update on sunday (!) in austria

  • Joe Malo

    The George St.Pierre  is improved ;)

  • Savergn

    GSP instead of GPS? I had to think about that for a second.

  • aaron

    I never got the update I've checked for updates on my 300 multiple times and I still don't have it. My build number doesn't match the one on the update I still don't have face unlock either.