Asus Transformer Pad 300 LTE official: hands-on

February 27, 2012
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Drooling over the Transformer Prime, but can't bear to be without mobile data? Asus feels your pain, and they've got a new model to fit your wireless needs. The Asus Transformer Pad 300 (note the new branding!) was revealed at Mobile World Congress today, and Android Community was on-hand to get the skinny. The biggest news is that the 300 series will have both 3G and LTE mobile data, a first for Asus in any market - and a good sign that eventually the Transformer Pad 300 will make its way to the US.

As far as specifications ho, the Transformer Pad 300 is a dead ringer for the Transformer Prime: 10-inch, 1280x800 LCD screen, quad-core Tegra 3 processor with 1GB of RAM, and up to 32GB of storage. As a member of the Transformer line it naturally gets a keyboard dock, boosting the 10-hour battery life to a full 15. That killer 8MP camera remains, and it looks like Asus has learned their lesson with the metal construction of the Transformer Prime, and the 300 has a plastic back (that still manages to feel pretty good).  Asus has indicated that the 300 will replace the original Transformer in its lineup, and launch with Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Transformer Pad 300 will come in three colors: red (which looks kind of like ruby to me) blue and silver. Keyboard docks will be sold in matching colors, of course. Asus was sparing when it came to pricing, availability or network partners (or if we'd see a WiFi-only version) but you can expect those details to come in the next few weeks. In the meantime, keep checking the MWC 2012 portal - there's plenty more Asus tablet news in the pipeline.


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  • superlinkx

    The 300 series won’t have a Tegra 3, since it currently doesn’t support LTE.

    • Higher Vnf

      Both, pad 300 and infinity has tegra 3 in wifi only versions. The 3g/LTE has another cpu

      • Brian Crail

        How can it be the “1st Quad Core LTE” if the LTE models only have Dual Core Snap Dragon?

        Honestly the 300 sounds like the best deal. An updated Tegra 3 tablet at a normal resolution. Super high resolution is stupid on a 10″ screen and just negates the speed boost of the Tegra 3… so at $399 you’ll be running the faster tablet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=885345057 Jonathan Myers

    Did the writer of the article and the one other commenter, as of this posting, even read the spec list? I see WiFi and I do see the Tergra 3. Other sources are saying the base model is WiFi only.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=885345057 Jonathan Myers

    Not to be too much of an ass about this, but wanting to help provide the best information possible, here is the official press release.from MWC. Didn’t the writer of the article pick up one of these while getting a “hands on”? The 300 is the last item in the release.

    ASUS PadFone and upcoming Transformer Pad Lineup unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2012

    ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih introduces the latest ASUS mobile devices and discusses his vision of ubiquitous cloud computing

    Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain (27 February, 2012) – At
    today’s “Incredibly Mobile Endless Possibilities” ASUS press event,
    Chairman Jonney Shih unveiled the revolutionary PadFone and upcoming
    Transformer Pad lineup. “The time has finally arrived when every screen
    in your lives could transcend into a portal with real time access into
    your digital world,” said Mr. Shih as he introduced the ASUS PadFone
    which transforms into a three-in-one combination of a smartphone, a
    tablet and a notebook when accessorized with the PadFone Station and
    PadFone Station Dock.

    The ASUS PadFone is an incredible 4.3″ smartphone featuring a Super
    AMOLEDqHD display, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core processor
    and an ultra-sharp 8-megapixel digital camera with Fuji image processor
    all wrapped in an exquisite design that is optimized for Google’s
    Android 4.0 operating system. When placed inside the optional PadFone
    Station, it transforms into a 10.1″ tablet with 5 times the battery
    capacity. The PadFone offers unmatched versatility via ASUS’ proprietary
    Dynamic Display technology which allows seamless transition between the
    PadFone and PadFone Station display screens. In addition, the PadFone
    Station offers an optional keyboard dock that essentially turns the
    PadFone into an ultraportable computing device. The PadFone also comes
    with the option of a PadFone Stylus Headset which is a Bluetooth stylus
    pen that transforms into a headset for picking up calls easily.

    ASUS is redefining the future of mobile computing devices and is
    excited to announce the new and innovative ASUS Transformer Pad lineup.
    Offering three distinct models to fit the unique needs of mobile media
    consumers, ASUS believes in providing consumers with choices. The ASUS
    Transformer Pad lineup includes the ASUS Transformer Pad Prime and
    upcoming ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity series and ASUS Transformer Pad
    300 series.

    The Transformer Pad Infinity Series is poised to be the go-to tablet
    for HD mobile entertainment as it features an impressive 1920×1200 Full
    HD Super IPS+ display and ASUS SonicMaster technology. The 4G LTE* model
    comes armed with the powerful Qualcomm MSM 8960 Snapdragon S4 Krait
    Dual-core 1.5Gh processor and is capable of download and upload speeds
    of up to 100Mbps and 50Mbps respectively. The WiFi model features the
    NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor for incredible application and
    gaming performance. The Transformer Pad Infinity has a 2MP front camera
    for HD video conferencing along with an 8MP rear camera with a large
    F2.2 aperture, 5-element lens and LED flash for stunning high quality
    images or HD video capture.

    The Transformer Pad 300 Series makes for an ideal mobile web
    surfing and gaming platform with its NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core
    processor and high quality 10.1″ 1280×800 IPS display with either 4G
    LTE* or WiFi options. It features a 1.2MP front camera for video
    conferencing and an 8MP rear camera with a large F2.2 aperture,
    5-element lens allows for high quality images along with HD video
    recording. The Transformer Pad 300 Series has battery life of up to 10
    hours*, and that is extended up to 15 hours* with the optional keyboard
    dock.

  • http://www.macinations.net moldor

    What’s happened to the Transformer TF700 – the one with the supposed 1920×1280 screen ??