Update: Unfortunately, neither ASUS nor NVIDIA had anything of value to say about this device:

NVIDIA's response:

Officially, no comment on unannounced products.

ASUS' response:

First I have heard of it, especially since the next tablets up on the roadmap are Windows based.

As many readers have already pointed out in the comments, perhaps this will be a Windows RT tablet. Time will tell.

This is a curious one; a mysterious ASUS tablet has shown up out of the blue at the FCC today, with the model name 'TF500T'. Naturally, that places it right in the middle of the company's existing tablet line-up, between the TF300 and TF700, but that's all we have to go on for now.

What we do know from the FCC documents is that it will have a Tegra chip in it, indicated by the T at the end of the model name. Besides that, we can only tell you that it will be able to connect over Wi-Fi, and it will contain a HDMI port and a microphone. All fairly standard for a tablet.

At this stage, the device could be pretty much anything, but we wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be a slightly more affordable version of the Infinity (TF700T), much like the Transformer Pad (TF300) is to the Prime (TF700).

We have reached out to NVIDIA and ASUS for a comment, so we'll keep you informed if we hear anything back.

Source: FCC
Via: Engadget

John Thompson
John's been addicted to technology ever since he tinkered with his first custom built PC when he was 10 years old. He's also the proud owner of seven Amazon Kindles, but only because he destroyed the first six.

  • http://www.facebook.com/petr.l.plachy Petr PlachĂ˝

    Come on..Another? Really?

    Asus should first focus on their shitty software on TF line-up then make another almost identical device...

    • Chaise Farrar

      "another almost identical device", cuz you know Apple and samsung would never do something so stupid, and also as a owner of a Prime, i must say that they probably have the best software out of the box. I never had problems with it. and what little customization has been done is fairly useful. what asus device do you own?

  • http://www.facebook.com/casey.a.kline Casey Kline

    "The prime was released lsat year...." I think you mean the OG Tf101, not the Prime.

    • Himmat Singh

      Prime WAS released last year.

    • Kenny O

      The Prime was released in Dec 2011.

  • TheWhiteLotus

    This is the new Android laptop/tablet combo that will be a Nexus device announced with Key Lime Pie in November, as the first desktop/laptop version of Android is announced. /wetdream

    • Peterson Silva

      Yeah!! Nexus 10! o/

    • DrewNusser

      Ooh...that would be a nice surprise.

      • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

        it would but that's very unlikely since the nexus doesn't have that kind of model name...in fact...what is it?

    • mduran1023

      I'm sharing your dream of desktop/laptop version of Android. I've already bought into the whole Google Ecosystem, and would LOVE to be able to use the same apps on my machine.

      I realize that you can do this with BlueStacks, but it's user experience was pretty lacking the last time I tried it.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    I'm actually thinking this is not android related at all. We recently got a prime update remember? the infinity. And the OG transformer was replaced by the TF300. I think this new transformer is the windows based machine we've been waiting on from Asus since the release date for the windows 8 platform is oct. 26

    • Asphyx

      Yes I agree this might be the base platform for the WindowsRT device.
      If they would just announce an unlocking of the bootloaders over at Asus they could actually dominate the tablet market for years to come and give Apple a big run for thier money!
      Especially if the bootloader is capable of running both Android and Windows RT!

      • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

        very interesting point, and not something I really thought of. It would be nice to boot into windows from an android device and vice versa.

  • Himmat Singh

    Just curious, isn't the Prime TF201 and isn't it part of Asus' current lineup?

  • b_to_the_randon

    Your updated article title is a lot more interesting than the actual responses that prompted the update to the title..lol

  • http://twitter.com/tony_byatt Tony Byatt

    Me thinks Nexus 10 or Windows 8 Tablet...

  • Joe

    The Prime is model TF201, not TF700