Asus has a new Transformer up its sleeve, and the device has just broken cover on Amazon—albeit only in the form of a pre-order listing. Say hello to the Transformer TF300, which is apparently coming on April 22 with a $489.99 asking price.
The listing says the TF300 has roughly the same specs as Asus' Transformer Prime, including an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, a 10.1" 1280x800 display, 32GB of storage capacity, and 1GB of RAM. However, the TF300's CPU runs at 1.2GHz instead of 1.3GHz, and the device is slightly thicker and heavier (0.39" and 1.4 lbs, compared to 0.33" and 1.29 lbs for the Transformer Prime). The listing also makes no mention of Bluetooth support.
How much do those little adjustments save you? Not a whole lot, at least not right now. The $489.99 pre-order price is only $10 less than what Newegg charges for the Transformer Prime. To be fair, though, the Prime isn't in stock, and the TF300 isn't sold by Amazon itself but by an Amazon Marketplace vendor called "Spicy Bomb." Perhaps there's a bit of price inflation taking place there.
Either way, I think a cheaper alternative to the Transformer Prime would be a welcome addition to Asus' tablet family. (Thanks to SlashGear for the tip.)