Asus has announced U.S. release details for the Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 Android tablet (WiFi model). The successor to the original Transformer Prime, which was released in December of last year, will be available to the U.S. market on July 16th.
The Infinity series looks a lot like its predecessor, with an ultra-slim 8.5mm design and metallic spun concentric circle backside finish, but with a plastic strip present along the top to better accommodate wireless connectivity. So what’s different between the two under the hood? Well, the TF700 has an upgraded 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display with FHD resolution (1900×1200) at 224ppi, its Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor’s clock speed has been bumped up from 1.3GHz to 1.6GHz, and it now uses quicker DDR3 RAM. The tablet also has an 8 megapixel rear camera (F2.2 aperture, 5-element lens, LED flash) and 2 megapixel front-facing camera. Unfortunately, it will be launched with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but Asus will likely upgrade it to 4.1 Jelly Bean as soon as possible.
The Transformer Pad Infinity will cost $499.99 for the 32GB model and $599.99 for 64GB. An optional keyboard dock will also be available for an additional $149.99. The LTE model with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chipset will come later on. See how the Transformer Pad Ifinity TF700 compares to the new iPad and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.