updated 06:30 am EST, Tue February 28, 2012
Tablet brings 1920x1200 display
ASUS brought several new tablets to Mobile World Congress to showcase alongside the company's Padfone. Electronista checked out the Transformer Pad 300 series tablet yesterday, and today we had a chance to try out the flagship Transformer Pad Infinity 700 series tablet. Both share a 10.1-inch display and similar external appearance, however the internal components are quite different between some models.
Both the Pad 300 and the Infinity Wi-Fi model are powered by quad-core Tegra 3 chips, a popular chipset for smartphones and tablets introduced this week in Barcelona. The Infinity LTE variant, however, utilizes a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Krait chip. Many companies that are attempting to get their devices onto the market early this year have been forced to follow the same route, as the Tegra 3 platform currently lacks support for LTE radios.
We only tried the Tegra 3 variant, which is just as fast as the rest of the quad-core mobile devices that we've tried out this week. The 1920x1200 Super IPS+ display gives the tablet a slight edge over some competitors, stepping the brightness up to 600 nits while maintaining wide viewing angles. The display is not as vibrant as an AMOLED panel, but we think the additional brightness will be a higher priority for many buyers.
We are fans of ASUS' original Transformer Prime design, which has been carried over to the Infinity. Both offer a metal housing with a circular brushed texture, though the Infinity adds what appears to be a plastic cap along the top ridge—presumably an attempt to improve wireless performance.
The Transformer Pad Infinity may prove to be a strong contender in the Android 4.0 tablet market, especially if the company commits to a competitive price. Quad-core processors and displays that can play native 1080p content are now the basic elements for any high-end 10-inch Android tablet, and the Infinity adds a few extra perks with its attractive design and keyboard dock.