Apr 17 AT 12:09 PM Taylor Wimberly 23 Comments

ASUS Transformer Pad 300 appears on Amazon with April 22nd ship date

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If you want to own the best 10-inch Android tablet available, but don’t want to spend $499 on the Transformer Prime, then you might want to check out its younger brother the Transformer Pad 300.

ASUS’s new Transformer Pad TF300 is almost identical to the Transformer Prime TF201, but is loses the IPS+ display for a regular IPS display, and it’s slightly thicker. We knew the cheaper device was coming soon and today the blue 32 GB model appeared on Amazon for $399. Another 16 GB model is said to be coming at $379, but it is not currently listed for pre-order yet.

Those who pre-order the Transformer Pad 300 now should see it early next week, around April 22nd.

I have owned the original Transformer Prime since last year, and I still use it daily as my preferred Android tablet. The IPS+ display is incredibly bright and suitable for outdoor reading, but I don’t use my tablet much outdoors so I wouldn’t mind getting the regular IPS display and saving $100.

Looking out over the next couple months, the Transformer Pad 300 looks to be the best deal on a premium 10-inch Android tablet. The only device out there that might eclipse the Transformer Pad in performance is the rumored Samsung Galaxy Tab 11.6, but we don’t know when it will arrive (and there is no way it will be priced as low as $399.)

Also coming soon from ASUS is the upgraded Transformer Prime Infinity TF700T, which features a higher resolution 1920 × 1200 display. That will be the highest resolution display of any ASUS tablet, but it will likely debut at a higher price around $499.

Via: ASUS

Source: Amazon

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    This is a great device on paper! DEFINITELY tempting to purchase!

  • Trinhbo

    Why would anyone get the 16GB version if you’re only saving $20?

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

      I’d personally get the 32GB version but since it has a microSD card slot, 16GB vs 32GB isn’t all that important, I don’t imagine.

      • McLovin

        Glad that somebody allowed it to have a microSD slot!

        • orangestrat

          I’m pretty sure it has two slots! A micro on the tablet and a full sized one on the dock. With all that storage, you’re sneaking into real computer territory

  • orangestrat

    Where does he original TFprime sit in that lineup? Wasn’t it $500 also? I guess they can’t expect to sell the infinity for more (especially against the new iPad) but it seems weird to offer an upgrade for the same cost…

    • Ryan

      I’m pretty sure all other sites I’ve seen have estimated the Infinity 700 to be 599 for the 32gb, and even more for the 64gb.

      • orangestrat

        That was the price they listed when they announced it back in january, I figure it would’ve come down by now, its at least $100 too high. I’m going to get one regardless, but everyone else is going to see a $600 Asus and a $500 iPad. And then devs won’t want to make me any apps :(

  • Mix

    $399 sounds good and is a tempting price point but the Keyboard would be such a sweet addition…$550 is not that sweet of a price point.

    I want an Android tablet but will have to wait and see whats coming from Google/ASUS.

  • Ryan

    Any word on when they will be offering more colors? Everybody is only listing the blue right now. I’d like to get the tablet asap, as my laptop that it will be mostly replacing is not in the condition it once was, but I’m partial to the white color. Color isn’t a huge deal, but if I’m spending $400+ on something, I would like to get exactly what I want.

    • Jay

      I’m in the same boat. If there was a pre-order for white I would buy it right now, but it looks like we’re going to have to wait a little longer.

  • M3rc Nate

    I am saddened by the whole Asus GPS debacle. It would have been perfect, release the TF205, and it does great, it being the official best android tablet, then 6 months later they release the cheaper TF300, which is considered a success considering its price point, then comes the 700T which is the “ipad killer” which dominates the scene with its gorgeous insane display, and quad core, etc. And Asus with its great support and quick OS updates, wins on all fronts. And also a amazing 7inch tablet for $250 that is also quad core and a great machine.

    But instead, the TF205 comes out and it has issues, OS update failures, and GPS issues, enough to slow down peoples desire to buy it, then (at least it seemed to me) there werent any in stock for a long while, and they seemed to be marked up from MSRP, so now people arent feeling Asus. They will release this 300 but i am now very hesitant to buy until it has been FULLY reviewed by sites like this one, and by consumers.
    And the 700T has taken to long to come out…thats the one i have been waiting for and want so badly, but its taking FOREVER…
    I was hoping to be held over by the release of the 7inch amazing tablet for $250 by Asus, but then the idea gets scooped up by Google, they start taking out its awesomeness for average parts to lower the price, and in the end cant lower the price enough so the project seems to have stalled a little…so no 7 inch device….
    So now i gotta wait until supposedly June for the 700T to come out…then another month to read all the reviews and see if consumer feedback is positive or if the device has issues…THEN buy it or not.
    SUCKS

    Asus’s lineup was so perfectly epic. Amazing tablets, great prices, great company, but they just didnt have the…power..to get it all done right, and on time. What could have been perfection. Even the recent decision to release that ugly horrible dongle, instead of just releasing a new backplate…decisions im hesitant to buy into by getting a 700T.

  • Darin I.

    Just pre-ordered a 32GB Blue one from Amazon! Excited!!

  • vyns

    Waiting for the White one.

  • Nathan D.

    If I didn’t have a tablet already I would have probably try to buy this tablet.

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    Taylor, the TP Infinity TF700T also has a slightly upgraded FFC at 2.0 MP, right?

    At least I think I remember reading about that somewhere.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      You are correct. The TFP Infinity TF700T features a 2 MP front facing camera for HD video conferencing.

  • Slith

    I keep finding conflicting specs on IPS vs IPS+. What is the real difference?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      The IPS+ display offers a special mode that has 600 nits of brightness. I’m guessing that is absent from the normal IPS. Not sure how many nits of brightness it uses.

  • spazby

    waiting on the high def tablet… but boy, asus makes some sweet hardware

  • Trevor Cameron

    Has anyone else noticed that the price has jumped up to $489 bucks??? I was already to pull the trigger and buy one and it looks like the gouged the price almost $100 bucks… Anyone know why? Anyone know where I can get one for the proper price?

  • WlfHart

    Any word on the TF700?

  • awundrin

    Sounds like a great price point. I’m very tempted to retire my outdated tablet for this.

  1. This is a great device on paper! DEFINITELY tempting to purchase!

  2. Why would anyone get the 16GB version if you’re only saving $20?

  3. Where does he original TFprime sit in that lineup? Wasn’t it $500 also? I guess they can’t expect to sell the infinity for more (especially against the new iPad) but it seems weird to offer an upgrade for the same cost…

    • RyanGuest 3 years ago

      I’m pretty sure all other sites I’ve seen have estimated the Infinity 700 to be 599 for the 32gb, and even more for the 64gb.

      • That was the price they listed when they announced it back in january, I figure it would’ve come down by now, its at least $100 too high. I’m going to get one regardless, but everyone else is going to see a $600 Asus and a $500 iPad. And then devs won’t want to make me any apps :(

  4. $399 sounds good and is a tempting price point but the Keyboard would be such a sweet addition…$550 is not that sweet of a price point.

    I want an Android tablet but will have to wait and see whats coming from Google/ASUS.

  5. RyanGuest 3 years ago

    Any word on when they will be offering more colors? Everybody is only listing the blue right now. I’d like to get the tablet asap, as my laptop that it will be mostly replacing is not in the condition it once was, but I’m partial to the white color. Color isn’t a huge deal, but if I’m spending $400+ on something, I would like to get exactly what I want.

    • JayGuest 3 years ago

      I’m in the same boat. If there was a pre-order for white I would buy it right now, but it looks like we’re going to have to wait a little longer.

  6. I am saddened by the whole Asus GPS debacle. It would have been perfect, release the TF205, and it does great, it being the official best android tablet, then 6 months later they release the cheaper TF300, which is considered a success considering its price point, then comes the 700T which is the “ipad killer” which dominates the scene with its gorgeous insane display, and quad core, etc. And Asus with its great support and quick OS updates, wins on all fronts. And also a amazing 7inch tablet for $250 that is also quad core and a great machine.

    But instead, the TF205 comes out and it has issues, OS update failures, and GPS issues, enough to slow down peoples desire to buy it, then (at least it seemed to me) there werent any in stock for a long while, and they seemed to be marked up from MSRP, so now people arent feeling Asus. They will release this 300 but i am now very hesitant to buy until it has been FULLY reviewed by sites like this one, and by consumers.
    And the 700T has taken to long to come out…thats the one i have been waiting for and want so badly, but its taking FOREVER…
    I was hoping to be held over by the release of the 7inch amazing tablet for $250 by Asus, but then the idea gets scooped up by Google, they start taking out its awesomeness for average parts to lower the price, and in the end cant lower the price enough so the project seems to have stalled a little…so no 7 inch device….
    So now i gotta wait until supposedly June for the 700T to come out…then another month to read all the reviews and see if consumer feedback is positive or if the device has issues…THEN buy it or not.
    SUCKS

    Asus’s lineup was so perfectly epic. Amazing tablets, great prices, great company, but they just didnt have the…power..to get it all done right, and on time. What could have been perfection. Even the recent decision to release that ugly horrible dongle, instead of just releasing a new backplate…decisions im hesitant to buy into by getting a 700T.

  7. Just pre-ordered a 32GB Blue one from Amazon! Excited!!

  8. Waiting for the White one.

  9. If I didn’t have a tablet already I would have probably try to buy this tablet.

  10. Taylor, the TP Infinity TF700T also has a slightly upgraded FFC at 2.0 MP, right?

    At least I think I remember reading about that somewhere.

  11. I keep finding conflicting specs on IPS vs IPS+. What is the real difference?

  12. waiting on the high def tablet… but boy, asus makes some sweet hardware

  13. Has anyone else noticed that the price has jumped up to $489 bucks??? I was already to pull the trigger and buy one and it looks like the gouged the price almost $100 bucks… Anyone know why? Anyone know where I can get one for the proper price?

  14. Any word on the TF700?

  15. Sounds like a great price point. I’m very tempted to retire my outdated tablet for this.