The Specs: ASUS Transformer Pad 300

ASUS Transformer Pad 300

Everyone knows about the ASUS Transformer Prime and its Tegra 3 processor as being one of best tablets on the market and it has the premium price to go along with it retailing for $499. ASUS just released the Transformer Pad 300 which will replace the original transformer as their lower priced option competing with the $399 iPad 2 for $379 with 16GB and $399 for the 32GB model. The good news is it still comes with the quad core Tegra 3 SoC, a 10" (1280 x 800) resolution display, and an available laptop keyboard dock. It is no longer aluminum and has shifted to a soft touch plastic shell, that still looks nice and should help with the GPS and Wi-Fi problems of the Prime. In terms of cameras it still has the 8MP rear camera but with no flash and a 1.2MP front facing camera. It is a good deal overall missing very little from its more expensive big brother, and come in a range of color options to suit individual taste.

Hands-On

Specifications

Dimensions

263 x 180.8 x 9.9 mm

Weight 635 g

- Optional mobile dock with standard QWERTY keyboard and trackpad

DISPLAY

Type IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size 1280 x 800 pixels, 10.1 inches (~149 ppi pixel density)

Multitouch Yes, up to 10 fingers

Protection Corning Gorilla Glass

- ASUS Waveshare UI

SOUND

Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones

Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers

3.5mm jack Yes

MEMORY

Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB

Internal 1 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM

DATA

GPRS Yes

EDGE Yes

Speed HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP, EDR

USB Yes, v2.0

CAMERA

Primary 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus

Features Geo-tagging

Video Yes, 1080p

Secondary Yes, 1.2 MP

FEATURES

OS Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Chipset Nvidia Tegra 3

CPU Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9

GPU ULP GeForce

Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, compass

Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM

Browser HTML, Adobe Flash

Radio No

GPS Yes, with A-GPS support

Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Colors White, Red, Blue

- SNS integration

- HDMI port

- MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC player

- MP4/H.264/H.263 player

- Document editor

- Organizer

- Voice memo/dial

- Photo viewer/editor

- Predictive text input

BATTERY

Standard battery, Li-Po (22Wh)

Stand-by

Talk time Up to 10 h

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