ASUS chairman Jonney Shih's ear-to-ear grin at a media event here in Taipei had adequate backing. His company unveiled what could boot Apple iPad out from the general perception of being the pinnacle of tablet technology, the Transformer Pad Infinity.
The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity is a 10.1-inch tablet that isn't bigger than an iPad, which may feature a more compact 9.7-inch screen, but one that's framed by thick bezels. ASUS' creation on the other hand, makes up with slightly slimmer bezels, and a bigger screen. The screen features a staggering 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution, yielding some of the highest pixel densities for tablets.
Under the hood, the Transformer Pad Infinity runs an NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC, which combines a quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU with fast 72-core GeForce ULV graphics that supports OpenGL ES 3.0. The device features mini-HDMI, and can drive 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) displays at 30 Hz. The CPU is clocked at 1.90 GHz, and is backed by 2 GB of RAM. The device tucks in 32 GB of storage that's expandable with SD and using USB 3.0 mass-storage devices. The Transformer Pad Infinity runs Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean" operating system.
A part of what gives the Transformer Pad Infinity its name, is the ability to dock and transform into a notebook, which it does quite well. The dock gives it a keyboard, a trackpad, and an additional battery pack. The Transformer 4 Infinity is expected to start at $499.
We're waiting on more details.