Transformer Pad Infinity launching on August 8

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity to hit the shelves in early August
Transformer Pad Infinity launching on  August 8

ASUS has confirmed its Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T tablet will officially launch in Australia on Wednesday 8 August.

The Taiwanese company sent an invitation to the media this week to attend a tech briefing and hands on demo of the device on the launch date, but did confirm the tablet would be available in retail stores from this date.

"The official Transformer Pad Infinity retail release date is 8 August, so consumers can expect to be able to purchase from this date onwards," an ASUS spokesperson told PC World Australia.

The Transformer Pad Infinity was but was delayed due to stock issues.

"If there are no more hiccups at factory level we are expecting the stock to arrive mid to late July to our distributors, then usually a week or two on shelf," an ASUS spokesperson confirmed to PC World Australia earlier this month.

The Transformer Pad Infinity will command a higher recommended retail price in Australia than initially expected. The tablet was set to retail for $899, but will now sell for $999. This price includes the keyboard dock bundled into the sales package, an accessory that is sold as an add-on option in other markets around the world.

"Originally it [the price] was supposed to be $899 but this has changed to $999 for the 64GB with dock," the ASUS spokesperson explained at the time. "It will release with 64GB only, with the possibility of 32GB depending on market demand."

ASUS initially stated the 32GB model, slated for release in some other international markets, would not be sold Down Under at all.

Despite the delay and the higher price, ASUS still has no plans to launch a 3G model of the Transformer Pad Infinity in Australia. Globally, the company will sell 3G and 4G LTE models of the device. Both of these versions use a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait dual-core processor instead of the Tegra 3 quad-core chip that powers the Wi-Fi only model.

The Transformer Pad Infinity is a follow-up to the Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet, which was released in Australia earlier this year. The Infinity is an almost identical tablet to its predecessor but boasts an improved screen and a higher resolution front camera.

The key feature of the Transformer Pad Infinity is the 10.1in super IPS+ screen with an impressive 1920x1200 resolution. In comparison, almost all current 10in Android tablets use a 1280x800 resolution display panel.

The Transformer Pad Infinity will initially ship with the Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 version of Google's Android software platform, but ASUS has already confirmed it will be updated to the latest Jelly Bean 4.1 version "in the coming months".

Australian models of the 64GB Wi-Fi-only ASUS Transformer Infinity TF700T will be available in "champagne gold" and "amethyst grey" colours.

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Martin

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Really wish that they had been upfront that the were going to apply the "Being Australian" surcharge of 20-30%. Then I wouldn't have bothered waiting.

Was really looking forward to this. But I think I will either not bother or import it from the States (probably save $250).

Another nail in the coffin of Australian retail. Do they really blame us for not wanting to be taken for a ride!

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