New Asus Transformer 300 tablet listed on Amazon

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″ 1280×800 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.)

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    • Anarchist
    • 8 years ago

    … i’m sure this thing will sell like a hot cake …

    • dashbarron
    • 8 years ago

    Now go find us an Infinity for sale Cyril!

    • internetsandman
    • 8 years ago

    I’m still waiting for the release of the Infinity, to see if I should regret my purchase of an iPad or not 😛

    • rjseo
    • 8 years ago
      • dstrbd
      • 8 years ago

      Wow, amazing! Now stop wasting our precious time with this nonsense.

        • sunner
        • 8 years ago

        I think you’re talking to a ‘spam bot”.
        (Look in the Tuesday Shortbread) it was using a different name, then.
        If Cyril deletes its account tonite —-it’ll prolly be back in tomorrow’s Shortbread, usin a new name.
        Apparently, the dang thing has found itself a new Home here at TR 🙂

      • Decelerate
      • 8 years ago

      Wait, what will those tips on that site do for me if I didn’t get blessed? For shame, I shall now return to my non 16061$ last-week job.

      Besides, if you do 16k/week, a 535k home is a cheapskate’s pick…

    • tviceman
    • 8 years ago

    Other rumors say this is supposed to hit at $399.

    [url<]http://www.slashgear.com/asus-transformer-pad-300-due-on-april-22nd-for-489-99-18223390/[/url<] [url<]http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/04/17/asus-transformer-pad-300-32gb-shows-up-on-amazon-for-399-will-be-available-on-april-22/[/url<] Given iPad's much higher resolution, $399 would be appropriate.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    So why did this come out? I’m waiting for the 1920×1200 screen.

      • Farting Bob
      • 8 years ago

      Because people are looking for different things? Presuming that once properly released it will be a bit more cheaper than the Prime it will still be one of the best tablets out there. Making this doesnt prevent Asus from making something like a higher DPI version.

    • mcnabney
    • 8 years ago

    I hate Apple, but why would anyone buy this?

    Noncompetitive screen resolution (new iPad has more than 3x the pixels)
    Poor performing Tegra3
    Almost the same price as the base iPad

      • forumics
      • 8 years ago

      well you can’t get android on an ipad can you?

        • cygnus1
        • 8 years ago

        hooray!

      • Silus
      • 8 years ago

      Poor performing Tegra 3 ?
      Can you show why Tegra 3 is poor performing ? And please avoid comparing with devices that use lower resolutions (such as the iPad 2). Anandtech compared Tegra 3 with the processor in the new iPad and Tegra 3 is far from poor performing. It’s still the best performing (graphics wise) in Android based phones.

        • mcnabney
        • 8 years ago

        You made my argument for me. Tegra3 got pounded by iPad2. Along comes iPad(3) with a hugeass GPU and crushes Tegra3 into the cracks of the sidewalk. Crappy GPUs on Android is the REASON why the games for iOS can be so much more graphically engineered. And it pisses me off.
        I am NOT buying iOS, but I sure haven’t seen anything compelling coming from the Android side of the fence either.

          • tviceman
          • 8 years ago

          Mediocre GPU, but on the CPU side it outperforms Apples’ A5/A5X. If you’re buying today’s tablets to hardcore game, then good luck to ya.

          Regardless, there are significant rumors saying this product will be $399 – much more inline with what it should cost.

          • Silus
          • 8 years ago

          So even though I told you so, you still used a device with a lower resolution to compare it to a Tegra 3 tablet (such as the prime)…

          iPad 2 = lower resolution than the Asus Transformer Prime…quite a bit lower actually…Tegra 3 is pushing more pixels than the A5, yet it manages to be quite smooth while playing.

          And you also failed to check the Anandtech review that quite clearly shows the advantages/disadvantages of both processors (Tegra 3 and A5X)

    • jdaven
    • 8 years ago

    I think it is amazing which companies are now producing the best products in the current technology era (no matter what you want to call it). Asus, Apple, Samsung, Google, Nvidia, etc. have been so fluid in moving to new trends in computing. Companies like Microsoft, Intel, Gateway (now Acer), Dell, HP, AMD, Yahoo, etc. have been put on notice for quite awhile now since the internet bubble burst. Start moving in a new direction or be left behind.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 8 years ago

      Acer gets a bad rap on their tablets, honestly. I got to spend a while playing around with an A200 that belongs to someone else and I rather liked it. It was decent for a Honeycomb tablet. They only had one non-Android interface tweak, and that was a green dot on the notification bar that served as a quick-launch sort of thing. I kind of liked it, actually.

    • DancinJack
    • 8 years ago

    Why would you buy this over a Prime?

      • jacquestrapp
      • 8 years ago

      Maybe it has GPS that works? That may explain the extra thickness and weight.

      • codedivine
      • 8 years ago

      The 16GB version of this is supposed to be $399 as announced back in Feb. I am not sure of the 32GB pricing, but likely this vendor is overcharging. I speculate the 32GB version will cost $449 making it cheaper than the Prime.

      • tbone8ty
      • 8 years ago

      it comes in pretty colors 😉

    • Decelerate
    • 8 years ago

    Interesting competitor to the ipad. I’d like to see its sales in the following 3 months.

    [quote<]and the device is slightly thicker and heavier [/quote<] hmmm, I've seen this mentioned somewhere, before 😛

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