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ASUS Unveils Transformer Pad 701T, Transformer Book at IFA

Transformer Pad 701

Samsung and Sony weren’t the only ones pumping out new devices today. ASUS also had their very own holiday lineup announcements, full of new Fonepads, MeMo Pads, and a Transformer Pad, topped off with a Transformer Book.

The six new devices are highlighted by the introduction of the Transformer Pad 701T and the Transformer Book, a new device in terms of what it is capable of doing. The Book is a 3-in-1 PC device, capable of dual-booting between Windows 8 and Android 4.2. It comes with a detachable keyboard, which brings functionality and extreme multitasking to the everyday user. With full access to Google Play, it could be a pretty sweet device for Windows and Android lovers. 

The Transformer Pad 701T was the other device that interested us quite a bit. It is the newest addition to the Transformer Pad series, featuring an insanely-high display resolution of 2560 x 1600. In addition to that beautiful 10.1″ display, the Pad 701 features a Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, SonicMaster audio technology, a USB 3.0 port, a microSDXC card slot, plus more tablet goodies including a keyboard dock. No word on pricing or availability for it quite yet, though.

If you are interested in the additional ASUS devices that were announced, feel free to find all of the information be following the via links below.

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  • PsychoTF201Guy

    Let me make this clear to you TF201, 300, 700 users ….
    Run Androwook’s Hairy Bean 2.31
    All your problems solved.

  • matt_helm

    Sure wish it had Bluetooth 4.0 and Android 4.3.

  • Higher_Ground

    anyone know if they’re planning to update the tf300 to 4.3? If not, I need to root this tablet and get rid of the lag.

  • nobody72

    I was so unhappy with the tf300 infinity (which lags a lot due to crappy cheap memory) that it is very difficult for me to consider another asus device.

  • RoboCop

    damn, the keyboard is its own, self-contained Windows 8 device and can be used with a monitor..that’s kinda badass

  • RoboCop

    The laptop would be cool as long as I can get 6GB of RAM for Windows and 2 for Android, coupled with at least an i5 for the Windows side of it, 32GB in the tablet with 64 at least in the keyboard with an available SD slot, usb 3.0×2, and backlit keys

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      You can get a i7, 8gb, 256gb

  • Raidy

    Was really looking forward to the ATIV Q, now this has me wondering… slide keyboard or detachable. hm! Tho the hardware spec on this thing is a lot weaker than the ATIV Q.

  • Cowboydroid

    I want a high-resolution tablet with a keyboard, and apparently Asus is still the only game in town. If there’s not a decent new Chromebook made in the same vein as the Pixel at a reasonable price, I will have to shoot for one of these.

  • DainLaguna

    So…they unveiled an Asus-branded nexus10?

    • Cowboydroid

      With a keyboard!

  • brett_borders

    My TF700 was a huge disappointment and waste of cash (awful lag/processor). Fool me once, shame on me… fool me twice… that won’t happen. I’ll pass.

    • Tirionfive

      Well, I think ASUS got their memory situation handled. They were using cheap-ass storage chips, which made the device slow down over time. I know the Nexus 7 was victim to this. While I hear the new N7 fared better, I have no Idea if any newer non Nexus ASUS products will be any better.

      • j__h

        Android now also has TRIM support which apparently helps.

      • It wasn’t just their cheap memory but it was also tied into their skin. For some reason Asus changed the way the hardware handled input and output making it lag extremely bad anytime the OS was trying to download or send data. Thats why a lot of users reported lag mainly when downloading and updating apps.

        • Kyle Cordiano

          Nailed it.

        • New_Guy

          It’s the R/W speed and it sucks on my TF300. As far as the rest of he UI is concerned, I recently did a factory reset since I received the 4.2 update and it’s back to normal. Lag is very minimal and the R/W speed has even improved (though it’s still noticeably poor).

          • NexusPhan69

            4.3 makes the TF300T fly. A hugely welcomed improvement for me. With a full data wipe, it felt like I got a brand new tablet.

          • cancerous_it

            What 4.3 ROM are you running? I never updated from 4.1 to 4.2 because there weren’t any substantial upgrades and I didn’t want to mess with installing a new bootloader. But if 4.3 is a huge upgrade, I’ll take the plunge.

          • NexusPhan69

            It’s only been a huge upgrade for me because 4.2.2 ran so poorly. I actually kept switching back to 4.1. In terms of new features, it’s not much for the TF300T. If you’re happy with 4.1, stick with it.

          • New_Guy

            I’ve really been holding out from slapping a custom ROM on it because I’m confident that Asus us going to push the OTA soon. They’ve been really good about that in the recent past but I’m only giving them until Christmas.

    • tskjaerpe

      Had exactly the same experience, and it was shelved for several months in favor of the Nexus 7 (which in fact has been running very smoothly up until now). Factory resets didn’t help. Agree With Champion1229 that the TF700 slowed to a crawl when downloading data, like updating apps. Flashing Cromi-X, Android Version 4.2.1, completely solved the problem. Removing Asus bloatware also helped, maybe also by running Nova Launcher. Doesn’t seem like there was a hardware problem. Concerning lagging, it now compares favourably with iPad

  • Tirionfive

    While it looks nice, I am not a big fan of Windows 8, or Windows 8 RT. x86 or GTFO.

    • Jason Bittner

      Windows 8 is x86….
      Know your OS before bashing them please

      That said…. Windows 8 sucks

      • Tirionfive

        Windows 8 RT is not x86…

        Source: Desktop/Network Tech.

        • Jason Bittner

          Nowhere did i say RT… you said you are not a fan of windows 8 or windows rt, i said… read my comment

          • Tirionfive

            You said Know your OSes before bashing them. My original comment aimed to the dislike of Windows 8 in General, but Windows RT specifically. While my last sentence was still tied to the dislike of RT. Mainly because another corporation did this exact thing, and did an i5, instead of ARM.

          • Jason Bittner

            You might be happy to know it looks like the windows OS is entirely housed in the keyboard portion, and the tablet is just a display when in docked mode. It will run full Windows 8, not RT, and on real x86 processors, meaning you might even be able to later install windows 7 if you so desired.

            From the Cnet review:
            The Transformer Book T300 boasts a 13.3-inch 1080p high-definition
            screen with 10-point touch multitouch. It has a fourth-generation Intel
            Core processor inside. The processor options are a Core i3-4010U,
            i5-4200U, or i7-4500 chip, backed up by Intel HD 4000 graphics and up to
            a whopping 8GB DDR3 RAM.

            I for one like the sounds of it so far.

          • Tirionfive

            Ahh I see that now. Droid-Life didn’t point out whole specs, But who can blame them? It’s not Windows-Life.

          • Yeah, I do to. Sounds like one of the more interesting machines out there. Although I need at least 16GB or RAM these days.

          • DainLaguna

            Yeah….your last sentence insinuates both rt AND win8 are NOT x86.

            May want to recheck that sentence structure.

        • Ironclad1313

          The Transformer Book Trio actually dual boots to Windows 8, NOT Windows RT. The tablet is actually like 2 different tablets in one because it runs the windows partition on an Intel Haswell processor and the android partition on an Intel Atom processor.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      This isn’t RT. I guess you didn’t bother to read.

    • E A butler

      how does windows 8 suck? its faster and easier to use than windows 7. I dumped 2 Macs and picked up 2 windows 8 convertibles. I have like a handful of icon on the metro screen and all my legacy apps pinned to the taskbar on the desktop, it boots up in 2-3 seconds and syncs data easily across both devices, so how is Windows 8 terrible? They are awesome!!!! I have an older computer running Win7 and I cant even figure out how to connect it to the internet some days, it is crap. You haters are ignorant.