Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Video Review
Hey everybody, it’s Dave Altavilla for Hot Hardware here with the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 10-inch Android tablet.
This is the follow on to the premium Asus Transformer Prime 10-inch Android slate and it has a number of upgrades. Here you see it plugged into its optional keyboard dock which by the way has not been upgraded.
It is identical to the Transformer Prime’s dock but the display on the tablet is significantly higher resolution. It is 1920 x 1200 resolution versus a 1280 x 800 display in a Transformer Prime, so a lot more pixel density going on here.
It is also that super IPS Plus technology with 600 nits of brightness in outdoor viewing mode. We actually have that set up for you right now so you are seeing that. Again a little bit off center here so you can see that the viewing angles are quite good but the display is gorgeous. Again super tight, super crisp, easily the nicest 10-inch Android slate display we have seen to date and it rivals we would say the all-new iPad display as well, that retina display. A little bit higher resolution is certainly in the iPad at 2048 resolution but at 1920 x 1200, this thing is super tight and just as gorgeous in our opinion, really nice display and it actually offers a little bit more brightness in that super APS Plus mode as well. Again 600 -nits of brightness.
Other upgrades have been made to this family of product. An upgraded 2 megapixel front facing camera that is up from 1.2 in the Transformer Prime. The rear facing 8 megapixel camera here has been upgraded with a wide aperture F2.2 camera and an improved hybrid filter as well. So improved still shot and video performance and if you stop by our site for the full review, you will be able to check that out.
We have a couple of stills and some clips that we took on the tablet for you. Dramatically improved actually, some very good performance there.
Also onboard is an amped up NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core, or actually 4+1 as NVIDIA likes to call it with that fifth companion core. It has been cranked up in terms of clock speed up to 1.6 gigahertz with a peak frequency of 1.7 gigahertz and that is up again from the Transformer Prime at 1.3 to 1.4 on the Tegra 3 NVIDIA Tegra 3 SOC system on a chip in this tablet, so some amped up processing resources as well. Asus has also improved on memory bandwidth. They have actually taken the DDR 1333 system memory to 1 gig that is on board the Prime and cranked it up in the Transformer Pad Infinity here to 1600 megahertz memory, so you get a little bit extra memory bandwidth as well.
In addition, you will also get upgraded Bluetooth version 3 technology on board up from 2 in the Transformer Prime as well as the standard onboard 80211 BGN wireless.
The good news is MSRP has not changed from the 32 gig slate. A 32 gig of onboard storage at $499 and the 64 gig option at $599 with that optional keyboard dock you are seeing here at $149.99.
Let’s take a look around the all-new Asus Transformer Pad Infinity. Let me show you how it is made and then show you how it runs.
So with the Transformer Pad Infinity, you get a number of standard items that come with the tablet itself. You get this AC adapter and of coursed your synch and charge cable, pretty straight forward there. You get a little microfiber cloth for keeping those fingerprints down and God knows the brushed metal finish on this tablet loves to suck up fingerprints.
You will be using this quite a bit and a standard issue literature pack, nothing too earth shattering there but a nice accompaniment of bundled add-ons that go with the tablet.
Alright, so first let us show you how the Transformer Pad Infinity works with its optional keyboard dock. We just move this little button here over to the left which releases the latch. At the bottom you can see there is a standard synch and charge port here as well as a pair of mounting holes that match up with standoffs in the keyboard dock right here. So you just drop that and snap it into place and as you can see that locking mechanism clicks back over and now we’ve got a battery level indicator for both the keyboard as well as the pad itself.
Now onboard the Transformer Pad Infinity is a 25 watt-hour lithium-polymer battery that is rated for a max uptime of about 9.5 hours untethered and the keyboard dock itself has a 1945 watt-hour lithium-polymer battery for another 5 or so hours of untethered uptime; so all told about 14 hours of available max uptime on a full charge for both the pad and dock together.
Alright, so on the bottom edge of the Transformer Pad Infinity you’ve got those two mounting holes for the keyboard dock as well as the second charge port and on the right edge you’ve got a very tiny microphone port right there.
On the top edge you’ve got your volume marker as well as your power button and on the left edge you’ve got a micro SD card slot, micro HDMI port, 2-in-1 audio port both headphone and microphone in as well as another microphone port.
On the back edge you’ve got your upgraded 8 megapixel rear-facing camera again with that wide F2.2 aperture as well as integrated flash and another microphone port right here for the camera.
Again a brushed metal, this is a champagne purple finish, really sharp. It does attract fingerprints but very high quality. Nice feel in the hands for sure and just definitely a top-notch tablet finish for the Transformer Pad Infinity.
Let’s fire it up and show you how it runs next.
Alright, first let’s fire up the web browser. We will show you browse performance here with HotHardware and as you can see the tablet is very responsive going from landscape to portrait mode and reorienting the screen image with the accelerometer on board but as you will notice, there is a little bit of a stitch occasionally, a bit of a lag visible especially when going into portrait mode because you have that high resolution 1920 x 1200 display so a lot more screen real estate available that needs to be redrawn and a lot more of a website screen real estate available. So a lot more redraw on the display itself.
So Tegra 3 has a little bit more workload here and a bunch more pixels to push versus a stated resolution of 1280 x 800 display. So a little bit noticeable on occasion especially with sites that have a fair amount of flash going on and lots of images like Hothardware, so not a deal breaker by any stretch of the imagination but you know you do pay a little bit in terms of responsiveness and performance on that higher resolution display.
Pinch and zoom, not a problem at all; very responsive as well as swipe command; so all in all a relatively satisfying web experience on the Transformer Pad Infinity. No problem but a little bit more work to do for that Tegra 3 processor to redraw that screen at 1920 x 1200 resolution.
Also on board Asus does bundle in a couple of nice utilities, add-ons software wise to go with the tablet. You get a full version of Polaris Office as well as utilities like Asus Mynet which is sort of like a media sharing utility where you can get access to video files, images what have you; whatever is on your network here on the tablet as well as Asus Mycloud which is a cloud based storage app that Asus offers services for as well. So nice little bundle of add-ons.
Let’s take a look at some gaming performance next.
Alright, here we are running Dark Meadow The Pact by Phosphor Games. This is an NVIDIA Tegra 3 optimized game actually running the unreal game engine. It is a featured title on Tegrazone which is pre-installed on Asus Transformer Pad Infinity and you can actually download the trial version of this game for free. So we are checking it out now and as you can see graphics are impressive. We are going to cut scene. We only want to actually use the actual game engine and now we’ve got control so you can see nice light ray effects coming through the window here, some cloth effects there and foliage and really impressive graphics for a tablet game, that’s for sure and navigating around the title is interesting. You tap on the screen in these hotspot locations and it takes you to the next point in your path, but very impressive graphics, certainly a lot of horsepower under the hood for gaming with that quad core Tegra 3 processor and NVIDIA graphics engine on board.
So good stuff for sure easily one of the most powerful Android slates on the market today currently. Certainly with that goosed up NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip that 1.6 gigahertz to 1.7 gigahertz frequency. So good stuff all around.
This has been a quick take look at the Transformer Pad Infinity by Asus. I’m Dave Altavilla for Hothardware. Make sure you stop by our site for the full review of the benchmark details as well as things like sample shots of stills from the camera and video samples for the camera and we will check in with you again later. Thanks for stopping by.
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