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ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T Hands-on

We first saw during CES 2012 an early engineering sample of the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T, which is essentially a 1920×1200 screen upgrade of the much acclaimed Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF200 . Our counterparts at Chinese VR-Zone have put it through its paces to find out why it is probably the best convertible Android tablet around.


The ASUS Transformer Pad TF700T is the direct successor of the Eee Pad Transformer Prime. It is equipped with a 1920 x 1200 Full HD screen (yey 16:10) and a 1.6GHz quad core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor which also has a 12 core GPU (there is also a LTE SKU with Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 dual core). It also comes with 1GB of DDR3L RAM and 32 or 64GB flash storage capacity.

For its chassis, ASUS retained the attractive spun aluminum shell with 3D coaxial hairline polish for the body. This time however, it uses plastic for its antenna housing in order to avoid interference with its WiFi and GPS functionality.

The display panel is LG's high definition Super IPS+ and has a wide 178 degree viewing angle augmented with a whopping 600 nits ultra bright backlight which allows viewing under glaring conditions or outdoors. In addition, the Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protects the screen from cracks and scratches. The TF700T supports 802.11 g/b/n wireless protocol, Bluetooth v3.0 and A2DP.
Like most other recent ASUS tablets and Ultrabooks, the TF700T uses in-house SonicMaster technology for an above average audio experience. One can take very sharp photos quickly due to its rear 8MP camera with 5-element lens, large F/2.2 aperture, LED flashlight and back illuminated CMOS.

Obviously the main attraction of the Transformer series is the QWERTY keyboard dock companion which provides an additional battery, SD card reader and USB OTG port. The chiclet keyboard design itself is similar to its predecessors and offers common Android shortcuts and is comfortable for typists .

Built for road warriors, the TF700T will last an impressive 9.5 hours of continuous use and 14 hours when docked.


Lightweight and Fashionable

The TF700T measures 263mm x 180.8mm x 8.5mm and weights around 598g.
The spun aluminum finish is a uniquely ASUS design


When docked, it looks like a small notebook computer


Although the entire setup is still fairly slim even when docked; it is still a wee bit thicker than most Ultrabooks


The power and sleep button is located on the upper side of the TF700T


The volume button is located on the left. However, without ridges or raised indications, locating it becomes a bit of a challenge


The bottom is brush metal finished with rubber feet


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