Hybrids are the new black and ASUS definitely wants to stay in fashion with the new Transformer Pad TF701T Android tablet/laptop hybrid. If the name and model number has got you confused with the new Transformer Pad Infinity unveiled at Computex last June, you're not alone. But fear not, as the two are practically the same.
The ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T is built to be a powerhouse, running on NVIDIA's latest mobile chip, the Tegra 4, with a quad-core Cortex A15 CPU and a 72-core mobile GeForce GPU. And that much power will definitely be put to good use, as the TF701T sports a 10.1-inch 2560x1600 IPS display featuring IGZO-TFT technology for lower energy consumption and a 178-degree viewing angle. The tablet also supports Miracast video streaming and an HDMI port to play videos smoothly even on a 4K Ultra HD TV. No word on the tablet's storage capacity, but it does have a microSDXC card slot for extended storage.
The lower half of the Transformer Pad is no pushover, however. The Mobile Dock sports a full-sized keyboard and large multi-touch touchpad to give the Transformer Pad a productive edge. It also has a USB 3.0 for an added connection option, as well as an SDXC slot for more data storage. The Mobile Dock also houses its own battery, giving the tablet an extra 13 to 17 hours of life when docked.
We don't exactly know if the earlier Transformer Pad Infinity, which still has to see the light of day, has been supplanted by this new model. As with the earlier version, ASUS has not given any pricing or availability information, but we hope that this product will not go gently into the night this time.