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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