Reported by: Robert Klien
Quite a number of Samsung products are lined up for release in coming weeks. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, which comes with the same S Pen stylus technology of the 5.3-inch Note, is one of them.
If there is another Android tablet that can give stiff rise of profit within a short time, it would be ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T which is dubbed as the best Android tablet available in the market. ASUS tablets offer sturdy performance and exceed Samsung Galaxy Tab in terms of flexibility and features.
But with the launch of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 everything is to change. The device comes with its own exceptional features to reign supreme even against Apple iPad. Here is a look at how Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will stand up to the challenge of ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note features 10.1-inch 800 x 1280 pixels PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen display with ~149 ppi pixel density. Asus Transformer TF700T comes with an impressive 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 pixels Super IPS+ LCD touch screen display with ~224 ppi pixel density.
The Prime Pad sports ASUS Waveshare UI with corning Gorilla Glass 2 support whereas Galaxy Note 10.1 has TouchWiz UI and Gorilla Glass glossy finish along with S Pen stylus support. There is accelerometer, gyroscope and compass support in both the devices.
There is a loudspeaker with 3.5 mm audio jack in ASUS device while Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with additional features such as vibration alerts and MP3 ringtones.
The Transformer TF700T comes in 32 GB and 64 GB variants. Galaxy Note tablet has 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB variants. Both the devices have card slot support for up to 32 GB. However, when it comes to RAM memory, there is 1 GB RAM in Transformer Infinity Pad whereas Samsung’s tablet is inserted with 2 GB RAM.
In fact with 64 GB version plus 32 GB microSD and 128 GB SD storage in the keyboard along with 8 GB Asus cloud and dropbox option, TF700T almost seems a notebook replacement.
With 263 x 180.8 x 8.5 mm dimension, the tablet from ASUS stays thin and bit narrower than Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 which features a 256.7 x 175.3 x 8.9 mm. At 583 g Galaxy Note tablet is lighter than TF700T which weighs 598 g.
There is Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth version 3.0 with A2DP, infrared port and USB version 2.0 in Galaxy tablet. But ASUS Transformer TF700T comes only with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth version 3.0 with A2DP and EDR along with USB version 2.0.
In terms of camera, TF700T features a bigger 8-megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash and geo-tagging options. Both the tablet can play video at 1080p and there is 2-megapixel camera in Asus while 1.9-megapixel is found in Samsung’s Note.
Both the devices feature quad-core processor but Prime uses Nvidia Tegra 3 T33 chipset with ULP GeForce graphics to power its 1.6 GHz clock speed whereas Galaxy Note is powered by 1.4 GHz Exynos 4412 chipset with Mali-400MP graphics.
Galaxy Note comes with 7000 mAh battery whereas Transformer Prime tablet features 6757 mAh battery giving up to 10 hours battery back up.
Glancing over the special features, Asus Transformer TF700T offers an optional mobile dock with standard QWERTY keyboard and trackpad making the device function as laptop for users who require more than touch features. And it also acts as second power source. Consumers also can opt for extra card slots, USB connectivity and use of a mouse.
The ASUS TF700T body is built of high quality aluminum and there is a circular pattern integrated into the chassis. And the Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0.3 version combines well with Waveshare UI for ease of use whereas TouchWiz in Samsung devices at times seems obtrusive. ASUS device is also a rare piece as it features 8-megapixel camera to deliver excellent photo shots and to support video chatting.
ASUS TF700T model is available at Amazon.com for sale in Gray and Champagne colors. Both the 32 GB and 64 GB versions retails at $499 and $599 respectively. They will ship in 3 to 4 weeks after an order is placed. However, the Champagne version will take 1 to 2 months. And the keyboard docks (Gray or Champagne) retail for $149.99 which will also ship in 1 to 2 months period. Meanwhile, even Office Depot has the Gray version priced for $499 with an estimated delivery of 3 to 5 business days. Also, eBay lists the TF700T 32 GB Black version for $503.99 whereas 64 GB version is priced at $603.99. The black keyboard dock is listed as $139 while the Gray costs $149. Best Buy also offers same products with prices similar to that of Amazon.com.
The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T began selling in the United States since last month, July 16. The slate is expected to hit Australia on August 7 and the UK on August 31.
As for Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung will unveil the tablet at its August 15 event in New York. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is available for pre-order from Negri Electronics. It will start shipping from August 3 onwards. According to Negri, the tablet will feature a quadband 21Mbps HSPA 1900/1800/900/850 radio and will be priced at $749.50.
It would be a close call. In only few weeks the verdict will be out. Let us hope Galaxy Note 10.1 will create a desirable brand just as Samsung’s highly acclaimed Galaxy S3.