We’ve long been calling Asus the only company capable of troubling Apple in the tablet market. It’s exactly why Google’s rumoured to be chatting with Asus about a Nexus tablet. But that might not be necessary if the new Transformer Pad 300 lives up to its promise: Is this the best iPad rival ever made?
On paper, this newest in the Transformer line has just about everything right. The Asus Transformer Pad 300 boasts Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) out of the box, has the NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core processor and 12-core GeForce GPU churning away in the engine room, an 8-Megapixel rear camera and 1.2-Meg webcam, framed around a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. All that and it’s only 9.9mm thick.
Clever power management in the CPU means that the Pad boasts an iPad-bothering 10 hours of battery, or 15 hours while attached to the keyboard dock. That keyboard, as with previous Asus Transformer models, supports keyboard shortcuts and packs a proper trackpad for serious working. It also throws in a USB and SD card slot.
So far, so appealing, right? Add to that the fact that the whole bundle – including keyboard dock – will sell for £399. That’s the same price as the iPad, but with a whole lot more in the way of productivity thrown in.
Is this the finest alternative to the new iPad yet offered? We’d certainly say so from the specs. The Asus Transformer Pad 300 will be out in May at Currys and PC world, and available everywhere else from June.