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ASUS Quad-core Transformer Pad 300 Now Available for $400

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Last Sunday, ASUS started shipping its Transformer Pad 300 in the United States. The company considers their latest tablet to be a gaming device and laptop replacement. For $399.99, the tablet has most of the features of its Eee Pad Transformer Prime predecessor. It also boasts 32 GB of storage, 1 GB of RAM, GPS capabilities, and the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

Joining the Affordable Android Market Swarm

With its Transformer Pad 300, ASUS has joined the swarm of tablet manufacturers that offer an Android 4.0 tablet for less than $400. On May 13, Samsung is set to release its Galaxy Tab 2 10.1-inch tablet for the same price.

The aggressive pricing strategy of Android tablets could be an attempt to take control of the market away from Apple and their new $499 iPad.  According to technology research firm Gartner Inc., Apple is expected to lead the tablet market this year, so they definitely make for some stiff competition.

Inside ASUS’s Transformer Pad 300

Aside from the mentioned features, the ASUS Transformer Pad 300 also sports a 10-hour battery life, which can be extended to 15 hours using an optional keyboard dock. Along with the touch pad, it also has a full keyboard that can transform the tablet into a functional laptop. The tablet has USB 2.0, SD card slots, and Android-specific buttons for quick access to tablet functions. The optional keyboard dock costs $149.

Weighing in at 1 lb., 6 oz., ASUS’s latest tablet has a 10.1-inch screen and a resolution of 1280 x 800. With a NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip under the hood, and 12 integrated graphics cores, it runs on a clock speed of 1.2 GHz for a strong gaming experience.

It has an 8-megapixel rear camera that can shoot videos at 30 frames per second. The Transformer Pad 300 also features a                 1.2-megapixel front camera, and a micro-HDMI port that enables TV connections. The device is advertised as 4G LTE-enabled, but it doesn’t include mobile connectivity features.

In terms of cloud storage, users can have up to 8 GB of free storage on the tablet’s ASUS WebStorage service. This will allow owners to share files and backup their data to PCs. The tablet also offers Polaris Office software, which makes it easier for users to view Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files.

It also has App Backup, an application that can save data to local or removable microSD storage. Although the ASUS Transformer Pad 300 is now available in the US market, the company has not yet disclosed the tablet’s worldwide availability.

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