Today at IFA in Berlin, Germany, ASUS held a press conference to cover a variety of new products. One of the more exciting products is the new Transformer tablet. We knew it was coming, and we’ve discussed a few of the specs in the past, but we finally have an official name: the ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T.

As discussed previously, the TF701T will sport a 10.1” 2560x1600 IPS display. Powering the new Transformer is an NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40X quad-core SoC, which has four Cortex-A15 cores running at up to 1.9GHz and a 72-core GeForce GPU – the same SoC used in NVIDIA’s SHIELD. The new Transformer will initially launch in two models, both with 2GB DDR3L RAM: one has 32GB onboard storage and one has 64GB onboard storage (and both with microSDXC slots). Dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0 are included, and Miracast WiFi video streaming is also supported; the included HDMI connection can even drive a 4K display (presumably at 24p). Cameras are the usual, consisting of a 1.2MP front-facing camera and a 5MP rear-facing camera that can also shoot 1080p video.

Besides the above features, the TF701T naturally continues the Transformer heritage and includes a keyboard dock that extends battery life and includes a USB 3.0 port and an SDXC slot. With tablet SoCs making rapid strides in performance, not to mention the quality of the displays, the use cases are ever expanding. At the time the original ASUS Transformer launched, we felt it was an interesting idea but performance and the app ecosystem wasn’t enough for most people to replace their regular Windows laptop. Fast forward a couple years and such a thing is definitely possible. Android 4.2 is a big improvement from the old Honeycomb days, build quality is improved, battery life is also better, and performance should be 4x (perhaps even more) what we had just two years ago.

Rounding out the features and specs, the tablet comes with a 31Wh battery rated at up to 13 hours battery life, while the dock has a 16Wh battery that can add up to 4 hours of battery life. The tablet measures 263mm x 180xmm x 8.9mm and weights 585g, and the dock is 263mm x 180.8mm x 7mm and weighs 570g. ASUS hasn’t finalized pricing or availability yet, but we should have that information in the next month or two.

Source: ASUS IFA Event

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  • HisDivineOrder - Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - link

    Such a colossal failure on MS's part that a device like this seemingly tailor-made to work with the concept of what was supposed to make Windows RT great will not include RT.

    Nor should it. Hence, the failure on MS's part.
  • Gich - Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - link

    Vivo Tab RT?
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - link

    Transformer Book Trio. Heh. Except, it's bigger and doesn't have the 2560x1600 display. :-(
  • pixelstuff - Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - link

    Will the TF701T work with the old TF700T keyboard?
  • tuxRoller - Thursday, September 5, 2013 - link

    This thing runs at 4W? Damn, that seems awful high...
    Too bad they went with nvidia. This would've been nice with snapdragon 800.
  • SoCeMMcOG - Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - link

    Tux roller Aka Troller. The snaps inferior in nearly everyway, and no idle core.
  • danielfranklin - Friday, September 6, 2013 - link

    Yeah, Tegra 4 is Nvidia's first dual channel SOC. 64bit x 1600mhz (800mhz DDR) DDR3 i believe. With the decent fill rate of the T4 it will probably be the first Nvidia SOC without underpowered graphics. Oh the irony.
  • Impulses - Friday, September 6, 2013 - link

    I still don't think the TF form factor is anywhere near ideal... And I used AND enjoyed the OG TF until recently (swapped for a new Nexus 7, gave the TF to my father and the keyboard to my mother who also has a TF). It's nice in a pinch for writing emails or basic tasks, but performance and battery life weren't really the main issue to begin with. Android just isn't meant for a laptop-like form factor, reaching across the keyboard (or using the tiny touchpad) will never be natural, and the ecosystem just isn't there for something like this. Maybe if Google gave up on Chrome OS this might gain some traction...
  • ssnova - Sunday, September 22, 2013 - link

    I disagree, I think the TF series has more potential if Chrome OS and Android were more unified. I enjoy the TF700t as a tablet, but what hinders the "laptop" experience for me is the lack of floating browsers... which Chrome has.

    If they could unifiy the platforms and allow users to choose the interface, then the Transformer would be even better when docked. Floating browsers/windows help a lot with producitivity/multitasking. For example, just being able to watch a video and take notes or chat while doing so with that nice little keyboard they give you...would make it that much more useable.
  • SoCeMMcOG - Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - link

    It's actually hard to say, the Extreme 45mbs eMMcs come in 32gb, 64gb, and 128gb. The 32 and 64 are possible for the slower also. So the question lies in, did they not have the 128gb for a reason or just 2 much space, perhaps saved for the T5, or did they not make the leap for a higher capability eMMc. I looked and can't find a specification, I almost feel like it's not upgraded, I'd think they'd capitalize on bragging rights. But the microSD is SDXC(extreme/pro speed capable), they need to come out with a readyboost program for andriod.

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