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ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T - Feels Like Infinity

By Marvin R. Velasco - 9 Aug 2012
Launch SRP: PhP37995

Performance, Imaging, and Conclusion

Flagship Firsts

When reviewing the TF700T, one can't simply forget about what is probably its main highlight: the 10.1" WUXGA Full HD (1920 × 1200 pixels) Super IPS+ display. The TF700T is one of the first Android tablets to own such a splendidly high resolution screen, putting its viewing experience several notches above even most full-fledged notebooks. Viewing full HD movies is so incredibly smooth that you'll hardly believe you're still on a tablet at times. This is pulled off primarily by NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor, which has been used in other models of the Transformer Pad family, but this one comes with a pleasant twist. The processor pushes itself to an impressive 1.6GHz, squeezing out the most it can get from its cutting-edge architecture. It then works in perfect harmony with Android’s 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, delivering the smoothest of transitions any current user-interface has experienced. Additional specs include DDR3L ('L' means low-voltage) 1GB RAM and a storage capacity of up to 64GB. To get some solid numbers to prove the value of the tablet, we put it through our usual set of benchmark tests.

Tablet Specifications
Device ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)
CPU NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core 1.6GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core 1.3GHz TI OMAP 4430 dual-core 1GHz
GPU 12-core GeForce 12-core GeForce PowerVR SGX540
RAM 1GB 1GB 1GB
OS Google Android 4.0 Google Android 3.2 / Google Android 4.0 Google Android 4.0.3

 

Well, there are no surprises here. Even without the numbers, it's clear that the TF700T works so much better on ICS than any other tablet in the market. Overclocking the Tegra 3 quad-core processor was definitely worth it, and it shows on paper and in real life.

Battery Life

The TF700T also went through our battery test, which included the following parameters:

  • Looping a 720p video with screen brightness and volume at 100%
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity turned on
  • Constant data streaming through email and Twitter
Tablet Specifications
Device ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)
Processor Quad-core 1.6GHz Quad-core 1.3GHz Dual-core 1GHz
Display Size 10.1-inch 10.1-inch 10.1-inch
Display Type LED-backlit Super IPS+ LCD LED-backlit IPS LCD PLS TFT
Display Resolution 1920 × 1200 pixels 1280 x 800 pixels 1280 x 800 pixels
Dimensions 263 × 180.8 × 8.5mm 263 x 180.8 x 8.3mm 256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7mm
Weight 598g 586g 587g

 

As shown above, the TF700T on its own doesn't fair that well in staying alive through a video loop as compared to its competition. This is perfectly understandable, however, since the screen produces colors and sharpness that easily trumps most. You can't forget the keyboard either. With this, you get a bonus of around four hours for your battery's juice. 

Sample Shots

ASUS isn't pushing its tablet's camera abilities as much as the other highlighted features, but the 8-megapixel actually manages to produce photos as clear and crisp as those you'd find on high-end smartphones. The same goes for the video mode, where clarity is at its finest, as long as your hands cooperate in keeping it steady.

Detail is surprisingly sharp even in poor weather conditions. Heavy overcasts aren't enough to totally ruin the color reproduction. (Click for full resolution photo)

Keeping the tablet steady can be a little challenging at times because of the weight, and that can ruin some shots since there's no built-in image stabilization. (Click for full resolution photo)

The camera has a strong noise reduction ability, but in turn causes certain parts of a photo to lose a lot of detail. It's not advisable to use the digital zoom so that the flaws won't be as apparent. (Click for full resolution photo)

The TF700T has a difficult time handling noise during night shots with varying light sources. The shutter speed decreases dramatically, so you have to hold it extra steady to prevent blur. Notice the heavy motion blur on slow-moving people due to this. (Click for full resolution photo)

Unbreakable, Inside and Out

The TF700T stuffs as much as one could possibly want in a tablet this day and age. A powerful processor that flies above the rest, an unshakeable physical build, and jam-packed multimedia features make up a package which makes you wonder how a tablet can get any better. Of course, the tradeoff is the glaringly high price tag. Unless you must have the absolute best hardware, you could go down a step and satisfy yourself with a cheaper ASUS tablet. But you have to admit, you can’t beat the deluxe feel of a true flagship tablet. If a helping of Ice Cream Sandwich served on a 10.1-inch platter is your craving, then the TF700T is sure to satisfy your technological desires.

Be sure to consider this ASUS tablet before deciding on an Ultrabook or netbook. You might find yourself with a better fit to your needs.