You're not going to want the upcoming ASUS Transformer TF103, and neither is your mom (or Cameron's, for that matter). The Android community has known about the existence of the tablet for a few months now, but only recently have the specs hit the web. Is it good on paper? Well, let's just say this Intel Bay Trail-powered device is retro, and not in the good way.


The Asus Transformer TF103 is, like all of the other devices that share its brand, a tablet that plugs into a keyboard dock. The concept isn't too hard to come by now, but it was rather novel back when the original model hit store shelves running Honeycomb in 2011. This newer 10.1-inch slate will continue that legacy, coming with a 1280 by 800 display, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. It's all the good of the original model, plus a chocolate version of Android. Unfortunately, that's not actually good anymore.

The hardware's dual front-facing speakers and form factor are interesting, but even dipping this thing in gold wouldn't make it more appealing to own. Not in 2014. Like I said, we're not impressed. At 280 euros, it will be difficult to recommend the TF103 when it launches in Europe in July.

Via: Liliputing

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.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    Cameron's mom knows her shit, too.

    • Gator352

      Cameron's mom has got it going on....

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        • Nathan Walters

          Why can we not tag spam on here? This is getting old.

  • remister

    1GB of RAM?

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Wait what version of Android is it running?

    • Rami Selin

      The source article says Android 4.4.

    • Theratchetnclank

      Chocolate version = kit kat

      • Matthew DiGiacomo

        Woosh right over my head; never heard of someone refer to it as that lol

  • yodatom10

    Never again Not after the TF700T disaster

    • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

      I got a TF300T for free...I still felt ripped off.

      • Eric Hoch

        I occasionally feel tempted when I see what appears to be a good deal on a TF300T (which happens frequently, also a bad sign), but then I remember the experience I had with my TF101, and think better of it.

        • Walkop

          It was a solid tablet (I had one), but the Nexus 10 that replaced was and still is a much, much better device. The slow I/O speed crippled it.

          If ASUS released a new tablet with faster I/O, then I wouldn't have apprehension. That was the only issue I had.

          • jim moore

            Nexus is overpriced Samsung garbage almost as bad as Apple.

          • Walkop

            Gotta be the worst trolling attempt on me I've seen all year. Nice try, though! 😉

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

        I have mine running CM11 wonderfully. Changes everything about this tablet. It's no longer a worthless and slow piece of crap.

        • Renzokusei

          F2FS is not optional on the TF300T IMO. Once you try it, it's actually workable.

          Even "stock" CM11 lagged on my tablet until I switched it.

          • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

            I formatted data to f2fs on my 2012 Nexus 7 and it did wonders. May have to dig the ol' TF300 out of the drawer and try this.

          • trelle

            Wow! I was running a scanno home build on my tf300 and then saw your comments. Upgraded to latest cm 11 nightly and the GAESS F2FS kernel, foist time this tablet had breathed life in a lot time thanks

        • DaveJFT

          Me too ...but you have to root it so you then can't run most banking apps or Sky Go (and others).

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

            A small price to pay, plus can't you get around these by using the temp unroot feature present in something like SuperSU?

    • Skinny Jay

      I opted for the SL101...yeah, never again

  • yodatom10

    HTC is dead to me for the Thunderbolt and Asus is dead to me for the tablet and there routers (long story) only LG, Moto and samsung remain in my good grasses. The xoom was a great device

    • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

      Not to be a douche but "their" and "graces".

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        • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

          My apologies. Honestly speaking, I come across two types of people in comment sections when it comes to bad spelling/grammar. One of which is people who know/are learning English as a second language and are grateful for the mistakes to be pointed out. All in all, I apologise if you felt I was showing you up. Sorry.

        • athorax

          Good thing you posted this three times!

  • Pascal Welsch

    I bought the TF201 and it was my biggest tech mistake. It's sooo slow and Asus stopped updating only a few months after the EU start. And this one has the same specs.

    Don't buy this!

    • Tomáš Petrík

      We're on the same ship - TF201, slow as **** , no updates, despite an ASUS representative told me personally there would be an update.

      • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

        I bought my dad the TF201 way back when. It was nice then but now when i use it its terribly slow. I did flash this on it and its a slight improvement

        • yodatom10

          but that shouldn't be the solution..... :(

          • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

            its not but there's no way such an old device will get an official 4.4 update. i figured that since kitkat was made with smaller devices in mind it might get a little more power out of the tablet's slow cpu. I'm not sure if i noticed any performace boost but it didn't seem to run any slower XD

          • UtopiaNH

            It's the same CPU as the Nexus 7 2012.

            The issue with it's slowness isn't the Tegra 3, it's the ridiculously low class NAND.

          • Xarlos

            true, my phone (HTC One X+) has Tegra 3 and it runs rings around my TF300T. That stupid tablet is so slow that app updates often fail!

  • mgamerz

    Chocolate version of An... Wow that took me way longer to get than it should have. I was thinking ICS for like 2 minutes.

    • yodatom10

      there ui isn't bad but 1gb of ram even stock android would be struggling

    • Double_a2013

      Glad I wasn't the only one.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

    I dunno, what if it's $150? or $100? It may be worth it.

    But mother knows best, so I guess I'll just keep my mouth shut.

    • yodatom10

      Rather go get a real nice dinner than get a laggy tablet.... :)

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Awful specs

  • Steve Mancia

    never considering a tablet made by Asus after being a disappointed owner of the TF700T. I recently flashed CM11 and it's much better. Still shouldn't have to go through all that

  • csgabor

    I had (I gave it to my mom actually) a TF201, it was slow until I installed a custom rom (Androwook), but after a (quick and free) repair of a cracked screen I couldn't unlock the bootloader again and it became slow and unusable.

  • br_hermon

    So given how stupid slow my N7 (2012) is now and what I've read in comments, is it safe to say ASUS uses crap for memory and don't buy ASUS again?

    • dude

      You shouldn't make a conclusion for the whole brand base on one experience. I did read in the past that some 1st gen N7 tablet have some issue with memory that deteriorate in performance over time. In anycase, I installed CM11 on mine and it running pretty well.

    • UtopiaNH

      The NAND issue plagued their devices up until 2013. The TF 700T/Nexus 7 2014 don't suffer that issue.

      But don't expect updates.

  • dude

    Well the overall spec might not be great, but the CPU is very adequate. I bought a refurb Asus T100 Windows tablet which have a "Intel Quad-Core Baytrail-T Z3740 1.33GHz, 1.86ghz Turboboost". It run Windows 8 very smoothly and easily boot the OS in about 10seconds even with the eMMC flash memory.

    I can't use it since the Windows Plex app doesn't have the ability to sort videos base on folder (even though users have been begging on Plex forum for months). It's my first foray into Windows ecosystem, all the Windows apps are poor quality and very limited selection. I tried to use it as a Plex server, but for some reason the tablet wouldn't detect my "USB to Ethernet" adaptor. I can't utilize WiFi for the server since Windows 8 tablets they do not have a "screen off" mode, they only have a sleep mode, which mean WiFi become inactive when you turn off the screen. They won't let me return it since it's a refurb so I'm stuck with a Windows tablet I have no use for. I'm using my Asus Nexus 7 1st gen with CM11, which still does the job.

    • dude

      PS. I could use the webpage to view Plex video as well, but it wasn't fast enough to render 1080p Plex videos on a webpage. (Although I think it's down to Plex being performance demanding, it can handle 1080p videos with hardware acceleration such as with YouTube or VLC.)

  • TheLastAngel

    These ASUS tablets used to be all the rage. What happened?

    • UtopiaNH

      Asus had a horrible update schedule for all of them, they had multiple problems not apparent out of the box (like the extremely poor quality NAND without TRIM support, wifi and GPS problems with the prime, etc).

      And now they deliver something overpriced and underspecced.

  • stretch

    Based on the article alone, I fail to see why this is being panned so much.

    Maybe focus less on witticisms and more on criticisms?

    • Xarlos

      The objections that leap out at me are
      - low-res screen
      -small amount of flash memory
      - unremarkable amount of RAM. Though many devices have just 1GB of RAM, at this point I'd be more comfortable with 2GB for performance and future-proofing.

    • Sqube

      My phone has a higher resolution, more storage, and a better processor than this tablet. It also has front-facing speakers.

      I don't think it's unreasonable to want a tablet that can at least match the specs of my phone. Barring that, I don't want a tablet that has (for all intents and purposes) the same specs as the Transformer Prime.

      • dude

        I am not sure about the better processor, I'm not sure what your phone CPU is, but think the SnapDragon 800 is only minimally faster than the Intel Atom Z3745 running at lower frequency.

  • Martin Cohen

    It's like the Galaxy Gear - it might be worth it if it's free, otherwise, forget it.

  • catherinekylie

    new version Asus :http://bit.ly/ScLhlI

  • C64

    Howw about Stifflers mom?