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The ASUS Transformer series may not be a household name, but it's one of the oldest Android tablet brands around. Each release has been solid, and the latest Transformer Pad Infinity TF701T kicks things up a notch. Anyone in the US waiting to get their hands on this combination tablet and keyboard dock will be happy to know that it's now available on Amazon.

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The tablet ships for $449, and the dock is sold separately, just as it has always been. If you want to use this tablet in a netbook form-factor, you will have to throw down an additional $139.99.

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The TF701T comes in a 10.1 form factor with a 2560 x 1600 display. It has 2GB of RAM, starts at 32GB of internal storage, rocks a 5MP camera on the back, and sports a 1.2MP camera on the front. This Tegra 4-powered tablet comes with Android 4.2 out of the box.

Note, this launch isn't universal. ExcaliberPC shows that they're launching the tablet on November 3rd, and Newegg still lists the product as a pre-order scheduled for release a day later, on November 4th. Considering each site lists the product for the same price, there's little reason to wait around.

TF701T on Amazon: Tablet, Dock

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • NinoBr0wn

    This or the new Nexus 10. Hmm..

    • Konstigt2

      Read about Asus software before even thinking about buying their own devices..

      They have a habit of having buggy sw which they stop updating too soon.

      • NinoBr0wn

        I have the original Transformer.

        • Shawn Cheever

          I have the Prime and the bottle necking problem killed it for me. Not sure if this was solved but I can't say I'd purchase another Transformer tablet without doing some serious research. It made the tablet completely unusable.

          • TylerChappell

            I was one of the people that ordered the Transformer TF201 with the Tegra 3 when it was a big deal. It was going to be my present for xmas 2011. But fortunately, they were out of stock when I ordered it, so my Amazon order just sat there for a few weeks, as everyone else was getting their Transformers and complaining about the GPS problem. After deciding I didn't wanna spend $600 on a 32GB tablet with GPS issues, I cancelled my order and bought the original Nexus 7 6 months later. Best purchasing decision I ever made and saved $350.

          • Milind

            Another burnt Prime user. Waited for a year for them to fix the problems. The IO was A W F U L! It lagged like crazy. Amazon actually took it back after a year because of all the complaints (Gotta love Amazon). Bought the Nexus 7 and the 2 Nexus 10s. Nexus 7 is good, but N10 is just awesome!

    • JSmith

      I have the Transformer Prime TF201. Sent it in for repairs after it just wouldn't get past the boot menu and they want to charge me $310 to replace the main board! It's a hardware or software issue caused by nothing I did. That after it wasn't even going to be updated past 4.1. I'm pissed.

      I've got the Nexus 7 which is also Asus, but I know that it will always have the latest version of Android. I'd go with the Nexus 10 if I were you.

  • Mariolego Carboro

    Very good, waiting nexus 10 new millennium

  • TheOtherJames

    I know what I'm asking for for Christmas.

    I also know what I'm not getting for Christmas. :(

  • Terrence Amir McKelvey

    yeah I want to see what the 2013 Nexus 10 is about 1st

    • Tech Guru

      Tegra for me !! I must have at least one tegra device at all times. still rocking my Note I until I get my next tegra device.

      • Ivan Myring

        The note wasn't tegra though?

      • Davis Hernandez

        yeah right, the exynos 4210 and the arm mali 400 are both from nvidia ¬¬

        • anon

          exynos is from samsung and mali is from texas instruments

          • Davis Hernandez

            really? are you unable to notice my sarcasm? or my even more sarcastic face at the end of my comment? (¬¬)

          • me

            yea u must be an idiot to be sarcastic via internet -.-'' and yea those faces helps a lot.....omg fck me wher the world is coming? thankfully there's still natural selection.

          • Davis Hernandez

            yeah, i recognize it was a bit rough answer and that i might have sounded like a douchebag, and for that, i am sorry

    • Justin W

      I have this very weird feeling it will be a repackaged TF701T. I hope with a T4, I kinda wanna see what that thing has to offer, and compare it to the S800.

      • ickk

        hopefully it is the TF502T - a FHD variant of this tablet with dual speakers (the single speaker is almost unusable on newer transformers). If it's another diet vanilla ipad/samsung-esque tablet like rumors suggest I'm going to be disappointed.

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        • Milind Shah

          WE DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOUR FRIEND'S MOTHER IN LAW!

  • Joshua Bailey

    Prettttttty sure this is what the new Nexus 10 will be based off of with the Snapdragon 800 instead of the Tegra 4.

    • Nick

      If the new Nexus 10 will be made by Asus, yes. It will be based on this. If it will be made by Samsung, like the original Nexus 10, it will most likely be powered by their Exynos 5, which would suck...

  • Sean Lumly

    The keyboard add-on makes this a very compelling package -- I'm just a bit leary of the Tegra4 SoC. Lack of support for GLES3 is a bummer, and while the SoC in Nvidia Shield has great performance, I'm not sure if this will be the same on a system lacking active cooling.

    • PhoenixPath

      You can add a keyboard to virtually any tablet for less than $50. My case/BT keyboard for the Nexus 10 cost me $34 dollars and has worked flawlessly.

      • Pete Van Wattingen

        While true the value I find in this keyboard dock is making the screen stand upright, adding more battery life, sdcard slot, and USB 3.0.

        • PhoenixPath

          I suppose those could be compelling.

          I guess I've never really had the tablet anyplace where running out of battery was a concern. Frankly, now that I think about it, I am kind of shocked by that...dang.

          I guess I've always just plugged mine in at work and when I need it for conferences and such it obviously holds enough charge to last easily until I end up back at my desk.

          ...and I use Drive/Copy for most of my storage, so the card is meh for me. (but I can definitely understand the need paired with a lack of connectivity or something)

          The USB bit just confuses me. Not entirely sure what they heck I'd even consider using that for... maybe I need to start thinking about these things as laptops?

          • Bryan Pizzuti

            Probably. That's where I'm at. There's one or two applications I need my actual laptop for, VPN to work and managing my MP3 collection. The latter I can move to a storage/terminal server on my LAN, and my office is working on implementing an Android-compatible VPN setup. The rest? I'd love to have a seperate Android to play all my Android games on, I rarely play PC games anymore.

    • Martin Cohen

      The keyboard looks like it has a trackpad, which is unusual and, imho, quite valuable.

      I wonder if the keyboard can be used with other devices?

    • Anders CT

      I have a slatebook x2 and the performance is very good at 1920 x 1200. It does get a bit warm under load though.

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    Yeah, I think I'll take one. I don't like Samsungs.

  • Wam31

    I wish a maker would leave the GPS & rear camera out of the specs to lower the price and make those optional...

    • Cory_S

      yay 20 cents saved...whoohoo

      • Wam31

        I don't think so. First those cost way more, obviously, and second, component prices and retail prices are not the same thing.
        I hope you already know that a 16 GB storage increase, which costs about 20$ to 30$, is charged at least 100$ for as long as phone and tablets have been around...

        • Cory_S

          They don't cost much more if anything. GPS is often built into one of the other chipsets on the device (Cellular, WiFi/Bluetooth ,etc) Low end camera modules are dirt cheap. Here is one being sold at retail for 14 bucks...imagine what it cost if you ordered a couple hundred thousand of them...probably a buck or two. http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/251336852223?lpid=82

          And you kind of prooved my point on the component vs retail pricing. They could remove those features, have less advertising bullet points, and not really save themselves any money...You are asking that they retain the price but offer those features at a big premium like storage is sold at...doesn't seem that appealing.

          • Wam31

            Yeah, maybe you're right, wouldn't save that much money to the end user. They're just so useless on a 10" tablet...

          • Cory_S

            This must be a trap. Everyone knows it's impossible to win an argument on the internet.

          • cramleir

            Take it and move on, ungrateful fool

          • Wam31

            lol, no really, I admit that it apparently cost less than I thought. I'm just bitter that a decent phone cost more than its 10" tablet counterpart.
            Now go ahead and print it and frame it to the wall. :-)

          • Joshua

            It happened to me once. Of course, it was on Imgur, and they pride themselves on being rather more level-headed than most other places on the Internet, but still, I did manage to win a simple argument on t3h web.

          • Cory_S

            Why are you trying to take this away from me?

          • AmicusBrief

            Don't loot a gift whore in the mouse...

  • http://peoplewho.tumblr.com wireless G

    Wait, why am I getting this over their $350 BayTrail Windows 8.1 transformer that comes with the keyboard included? Aluminum?

    • Bryan Pizzuti

      Android.

      • mrjayviper

        Please correct off I'm wrong but the bay trail tablet runs the non-rt Windows? Seems like that's has an edge over android

        • Bryan Pizzuti

          Clearly you haven't used Windows 8

          • mrjayviper

            you're assuming things which is wrong. I have used windows 8 for more than a year. granted I never installed apps from the Windows Appstore and have used the traditional way and mainly stayed in the desktop space. I was using Windows 8 like I was using Windows7.

          • Alberto

            I don't understand why you'd want a tablet for running mostly desktop apps (and I love Windows 8.1... on my laptop). The absence of touch-optimized apps in Windows is a big deal for me.

            BTW, I really hope Google announces a new Nexus 10 tomorrow, I may be interested in that one, but I don't think they will considering we know nothing about it yet. Still, last year's Nexus 10 also came a little bit as a surprise, it leaked not much sooner than the day when Google announced it.

          • mrjayviper

            I never said I was using Windows 8 on a tablet. I was just commenting on the fact, the guy above said I have never used Windows 8.

          • Bryan Pizzuti

            If you think it has an edge over Android in the tablet space, then yeah, i'd say you've never used Windows 8 on a tablet. Heck, it's not that great on the desktop either, I just downgraded back to Windows 7. Windows 8 is going to be this generations Vista/ME.

          • ickk

            This guy has the right idea about the windows 8. I have a 4g hotspot with my ARM transformer and use it to connect to my desktop if I need a desktop environment. It is better that way for stuff like photoshop or heavy tasks because it saves battery life and isn't as choppy as running it natively. x86 android is largely a mess at the moment, intel is getting into ARM, and driver availability remains to be seen with asus's windows tablets. Still annoying they made it $250 cheaper than the android version with a better display.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
    • s44

      Because 13*7 is an abomination.

  • Cherokee4Life

    Honestly after my TF700t and the lag I don't know if I would buy another ASUS tablet. I loved it when it first came out but since the last update even flashing different roms its not up to par...

  • Elislurry

    So excited!! Now I just have to wait for a review to make sure they fixed the I/O lag, if so I will buy one immediately!

  • Quindor

    Anyone looking for some performance benchmarks pf this TF701 and storage performance benchmarks (including MicroSD) can look over here: http://blog.quindorian.org/2013/10/asus-transformer-pad-tf701-performance.html and here: http://blog.quindorian.org/2013/10/review-sandisk-extreme-microsdxc-64gb.html

    • Dillon Lawrence

      Thanks. I've also seen your posts on Transfomer Forums.

    • Elislurry

      Awesome, thanks! Looks like they have more than tripled the speed! That's the only gripe I had with my 700. I'm gonna go ahead and order one!

  • Dillon Lawrence

    The link does not work. It's linked only to ExcaliburPC. Have Amazon stopped selling the tablet directly?

  • asus prime

    have tf201 -> big disappointment

  • ilovetechwoo9

    I like what I see

  • ickk

    $600? $200 more than their T100 which includes dock and doesn't use a free OS. I have been loyal since the TF101 and this is just a slap in the face. I followed this tablet months before it was even announced. I didn't even whine about IO or wifi problems on the prime. Probably going with a tegra tab for my upgrade this year, usb 3.0, 2GB RAM, and 2560x1600 are okay, but not a $400 difference. Asus needs to step up their tablet game on android, they just lost a customer.

  • AmicusBrief

    ...annnd, they're gone!

  • FirstTimePoster

    Looks like Amazon took it down; at least I couldn't find it. I've been waiting for this for months now since they announced it (in Germany?) over the summer. But now the Samsung note 10.1 2014 edition is out, so I have to make a choice again.

  • Ivan Lisenkov

    Already out of stock

  • laserlord

    Before you even consider buying this, check out what Asus did and subsequently didn't do to the Transformer Prime TF201. You have been warned.

    • Justin

      Everyone makes mistakes. The difference between the Transformer Prime and this is Huge! It's not just a minior update, like the Infinity 700. It's a totally new tablet

  • Adam

    Ever since the galaxy note 3 came about, I feel like 2 gb of ram isn't so much haha. At least not for a tablet.

    • Nick

      Umm... You do know that the one more gb of ram is mostly taken by the Really Heavy TouchWiz, don't you?

  • Yves C

    i bought one and I think it's great ! Very fast, nice screen. Love to game on it , and my GF takes it on the train to watch her favorite tv shows.

    note: after 1 week had to replace it because of hardware failure (battery indicator stayed at 100%, random reboots probably main board problem) , had purchased it in a good store, so replaced by second one , seems rock solid now !

  • Konnor Nicolau

    If the internal storage speed on this one is as bad as the one on the first Infinity, I'm going to pass. The first Infinity is near unusable at this point because the storage speed is such a bottleneck.