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Asus Transformer Pad 300 Outed At MWC, New Affordable Yet Powerful Tablet

The Asus Transformer 300 tablet that we have been hearing rumors for has been officially shown at MWC. The folks over at Engadget have had a good hands-on with the tablet whose purpose many folks have been questioning. Is it the next Prime? Does it have top-of-the-line specs? Well, no actually. The Transformer 300 will be Asus’ more affordable, slightly less super-tablet for folks who don’t need to spend $600+ on an Android slate. 

The 300 still has the fantastic quad-core Tegra 3 which is the essence of the Prime, but with an IPS display instead of Super IPS+, you won’t have the best display on the market. Only a 16GB version will be made available versus having a 32GB or 64GB alongside, so basically, it’s just going to be an affordable Prime. How affordable? Well, no official word has been spoken, but we can’t expect more than $300, can we?

Via: Engadget

  • JoshHenry

    Im having trouble choosing between a transformer.. and what ever the next ipad will be.. only because I need to use my tablet for work.. An android tab will make me happy but an ipad will plug me into the world. What should I do.?

  • Kindroid

    The MeMo 370T for $250 is the beast to wait for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

    If it is going to be affordable it better come with the dock for $300 (Or at most 350)

    • Josh Groff

      Lol, are you mad? It would have to be ~400 with the dock.

  • TimXer

    This thing will be $399+ all day long!!  I mean the old Transformer’s been selling for $399 – this thing has to sell for at least that.

  • Bionic

    What happened to the one from CES that was going to be $249?????

    • jathak

      That’s a 7 inch tablet and not a Transformer

      • Ry D

        But it was an Asus. Asus Memo I think.

    • EC8CH

      ASUS 370T

      • Bionic

        thanks

  • http://twitter.com/DustinK27 Dustin K

    Where do I pre-order. 

  • http://twitter.com/aaron8466 Aaron Galloway

    $300-350, I will get it. $350+, will wait for the 7 incher instead, hopefully we will see it at CTIA in May.

  • Jake

    In the tablet market they often charge $100 for each doubling of storage. For example, a 32GB model would cost $100 more than a 16GB model, and a 64GB model would cost $100 more than the 32GB model. So, if the 32GB Prime costs $499, then this new 16GB tablet should cost $399 if everything else were the same. However, everything else is NOT the same. The lack of Super IPS+, the cheaper plastic build, and the added thickness should knock an additional $50 to $100 off the price.

  • Taglogical

    This. I have-been, and will continue waiting on this Tablet. This is what gets me into the ‘tablet market.’

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisCorp ChristopherCorpening

    I am looking to get a tablet, and I was going to get the TFP but then heard about a new TFP coming out in Q2. And now this thing drops. Any comments about which one of these tablets I should be looking to get? 

  • http://twitter.com/garagelogician Jeff C

    Dammit…I knew I should have waited. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Prime. But it was painful to spend that much dough. This would have fit my needs just fine methinks. 

    If it ends up being $300 I’m going to be pissed. If its $400 I wont feel so bad.

    • Alias747

      I just bought a Prime too. I got an openbox one for $450 though… But yeah, I totally bet that this will be $399. Don’t feel bad, the Prime is such an amazing device, its worth the price!

  • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

    I would gladly pay $200 for that.

    • Josh Groff

      I would gladly spend 200 on a kindle fire. This baby is probably the $250 option they announced. It’s being bought as soon as it comes out. ;)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503147811 Roberto Taylor

        With a Quad-Core Processor and a physical keyboard I would expect this to be closer to the $300 range which is still VERY affordable for what it is.

        • Josh Groff

          Also noticed someone else mentioned this is a 10″, but yeah, 300-400 would be perfect.

  • jathak

    If it is $300, I will buy this in a heartbeat.

    • Josh Groff

      I’m with you. ;)

  • Dacatalyst41

    No led flash? Smh…

  • GNEX(MOTOX)

    yay!!! finally.. i don’t need to spend a bunch of money to get something that shouldn’t cost as much as what it costs to make. Asus.. i love you!, lolz. :)

  • Svonavja

    I’m Sold, I dont need LTE with Rooted Nexus in hand!

    • Tripod4

      ^ This.  tether all day eyyy day

  • Lizz.0

    Didn’t Asus say they would have a 7″ tablet for $250 this year?? 

    • EC8CH

      The tablet of which you speak is the 370T.

  • Benjamin Landwehr

    Now this, I will likely buy no sweat.  Da so beauty.

  • Gchild320

    sold.

  • hkklife

    $300? Maybe for Black Friday 2013. It will be $399.99, I am almost positive. It will slot in nicely at the current 16Gb TF pricepoint and offer a decent enough spec bump but I would hope Asus could respond with a quick price drop if Apple cuts the iPad 2 down to $399 or less once the iPad 3 arrives.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1640509941 Matt Vitorino

    Quad core Tegra 3? they should’ve put a dual core processor to make a real advantage to the more expensive tablets that they have

  • Josh515

    This tablet is looking pretty sweet. Is there any more news on that $250 quad-core tablet from CES?

    • http://www.facebook.com/grayson.grouge Grayson Grouge

      This is it. Just the price hasn’t been announced….

      • r0lct

        This is 10″, the cheap one will be 7″

        • Josh Groff

          Oh damn, lets hope this is ~300-400 then. ;)

  • tomgillotti

    Color is gorgeous… Wish mine were that color scheme.

  • Abc

    Great tablet in my eyes

    • EC8CH

      different back, different front, less memory, but everything in between is the same.  Great option for ppl looking to save a few bucks and don’t want a premium screen or case materials.

  • Michael_NM

    They should put an LTE radio in it and see how many VZW can sell for $500… Oh, that’s the previous story. :-)

    • New_Guy

      Haha! =)