Feb 27 AT 9:10 AM Anthony Domanico 31 Comments

ASUS announces Transformer Pad 300, replacement for the OG Transformer?

ASUS Transformer Pad_TF300 Image via: Anandtech

ASUS continues to go all out on the tablet market. Their 10.1″ Transformer Prime TF200T tablet was released back in December as the first quad-core Tegra 3 tablet on the market, and since then they’ve announced the 10.1″ Transformer Prime 700T (complete with HD resolution and other enhancements), and the 7″ MeMO 370T, which will bring 7″ and quad-core processing for $249.

While ASUS has continued to sell the original Transformer tablet it released in 2011, it’s reign as ASUS’ entry-level 10″ tablet may soon be reaching its end. ASUS has announced at Mobile World Congress the Transformer Pad 300, a 10″ tablet geared toward the lower-end of the 10″ market.

The Transformer Pad 300 is a scaled down version of the Transformer Prime tablets, with a 10″ IPS display instead of the IPS+ (600 nits) display found on the Prime, and offering 16GB of storage instead of the 32 or 64 GB varieties of Transformer Prime. The innards are largely the same, with a Tegra 3 processor, 8MP rear/2MP front camera, 1GB RAM, 1280 x 800 resolution atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The build will be a bit thicker than the Transformer Prime line of tablets, and offers the same 10 hours of battery as it’s older brethren.

Assuming the Transformer Pad 300 will land at the same price point currently found in the OG Transformer tablet (say $350 – $400 range), the Pad 300 could become the 10″ tablet for the budget-conscious. We’ll be trying to get our hands on the Transformer Pad 300 in the coming days to give you a feel for how it compares to the current Transformer Prime tablet, and to see if we can get any word on pricing and availability out of ASUS.

Would you consider a Transformer Pad 300 if it sold for $350 – $400?

Source: Engadget

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  • mustybooks

    Looks like a good value trade off. The prime has an SD slot so storage shouldn’t be an issue.

  • billc

    What would be nice is if the dockeyboard; fit these tablets. Also I think Asus tablets are getting a bit crowded.

  • AsakuraZero

    350$ for price would be a good bet, and looks interesthing how they are filling the market ranges

    • epps720

      Price would be really good if it comes w/the keyboard dock. It you’re dropping between $500 – $550 I’d rather stick to the prime.

  • amgala

    It wouldn’t be worth the cost if they haven’t fixed the design flaws of the Transformer Prime leading to bad wi-fi and gps connectivity. It doesn’t look like they have used the modified design that is coming in the 700T for the external housing, but hopefully they have remedied that.

    • mercado79

      I guess it’s possible that part of the problem was the metal backing. By going with a plastic housing, the gps issues might be resolved and possibly better wifi reception to boot.

      • rfvgyhn

        I believe it’s more of a flaw with the PCB design of the GPS and WIFI antennas than it is the aluminum backing. (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1474391)

        Hopefully the issues are resolved when the 300 comes out, the xda folks can compare the devices and they can come up with a fix for the 201 folks.

  • Paul

    Nice! i’ll write it on my italian blog!! http://www.androidevice.net

  • spazby

    I thought they announced it would price at 399… good deal but I am waiting for their top of the line

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    Dear Asus,

    Don’t pull a Samsung, stop yourself before it’s too late. Don’t put out a marginally better product (like Apple and Samsung – I’m looking at you Galaxy Tab 2 10.1) and then flood it with 2 or 3 variants (like Samsung).

    Sincerely,
    Customer and Fan of electronics/tech

    • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

      I don’t have a tablet yet. If it will really cost 350 USD, then it may be worth it. The only issue I see is that there will not be too much support from the community with custom ROMs, since there will be several Transformer tablets, leading to a little fragmentation.

      • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

        If the price is $350 then definitely I can’t knock this product. Otherwise, if they try to price it up there with the Transformer line, then they are being silly.

  • Jorge Vieira

    I think I’d rather go with the memo at that price point.

  • txbluesman

    With all the different tablets out and coming out, this is still going to hit a niche for some people. Variety is good.

  • WlfHart

    I’m still waiting for the TF700T… give me top end screen res!

  • MrQuestion

    If they’re going to sell this for €350-400, I will buy one. That’s really cheap compared to the TF Prime, which costs €590,- over here.

  • Slith

    When does the 700T drop? That is the question!

  • Lee

    Yes I would buy it. They red one. I’ve been checking out a vid review and think it looks like a pretty sweet replacement for my recently deceased acer aspire one netbook.

  • Vance

    Have you guys seen this yet?! The PadFone, PadFone Station, and Keyboard Dock!
    http://techinstyle.tv/20122723801/post-types/news/the-asus-padfone-one-device-to-rule-them-all/

  • M3rc Nate

    Interesting. I actually dont mind them having a lineup of a few tablets in different price points, but i wish their numbering (TFxxx) made sense. Started with TF101 which is great, then the sequel TF201 which makes total sense.
    Now however theres a TF300 which is newer than both the 100 and 200, yet is below the 200 in specs. Then theres a 370 which is a 7 inch tablet, then you skip to the 700 which is the best in specs as a 10 inch tablet.
    It makes me wonder if this isnt all planned, but they thought to come out with each new tablet one by one.
    It should have been the 100, then the T-Prime as the “300″, then the less-than T-Prime as the 200, then the souped-up T-Prime as the 400, and the 7 inch as the 350.

    Overall however, i am happy. I just cant wait to get my hands on the 700, i want that thing BAD. Please find out price and ship date ASAP.

    I am actually happy to hear about Gorilla Glass 2, if the 700 is $100 more like we suspect it will be compared to the TF201, the more specs that are improved, the more im getting for that $100.

    You didnt mention the weird stuff about the TF700 (the Verge mentioned it) about how if you get a 3G/4G version it will come with a snapdragon A4 processor.

    http://www.theverge.com/2012/2/27/2827588/asus-transformer-pad-infinity-series-and-transformer-pad-300-series

  • Kaote

    $400.00 for tablet and keyboard dock and I’ll bite. Would be a nice gift for my daughter. Otherwise I’ll wait to by the high end transformer and pass along my OG.

  • lancaster09

    I would definitely go for a cheaper tablet with high end specs. It seems you aren’t loosing much here. Who wouldn’t want this?

  • Marisa

    I personally already have the latest Prime and am really happy with it. However, I would consider buying this for my son who is always stealing my Prime to play his games!!!

  • Nathan D.

    I love my transformer prime and that all I’m going to say.

  • StabMasterArson

    I guess there’s no further news yet on the tegra 3 Memo, eh? I haven’t been able to find any news on that one since CES.

  • CJT

    Very cool new designs. I have the Prime now, been using it over a month and seriously impressed. I use it way more than I ever expected I’d use a tablet, I expect the new range to be a success too.

  • Schmidty850

    Wow these look really nice, I definitely want one.

  • briansturridge

    More than happy with my Transformer Prime…but this looks like a bargain :)

  • Yonas

    so what happened to the MeMo they were showing off with at CES ?? yeah,that 249$ 7.incher tegra 3 powered tablet….was that just a fake call,to get our hopes up ??? :|

  • http://hubpages.com/profile/ibbarkingmad ibbarkingmad

    I’m in for the TF Prime. So waiting for the MeMo so I have the best of all worlds. It would be nice to have my own tablet instead of sharing with the wife.

  • tumpero

    Waiting to try this out – especially as 370 seems to be pulled off and after I realized that a 10 incher seems to be more capable also in the tablet world. 7 inches is nice, but 10 inches helps to achieve a wow-factor.