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We unbox ASUS' latest Android tablet, the quad-core powered Transformer Pad TF300.
ASUS has just announced the [[artnid:424501|Australian launch of the Transformer Pad TF300T Android tablet]]. We've just got our hands on one here at the PC World offices, so let's take a look!
The Transformer Pad is a slightly cheaper version of the flagship [[artnid:407028|Eee Pad Transformer Prime]] tablet. Australian models of the device are available in "Royal Blue", "Iceberg White" and "Torch Red" colour variants. We received a blue unit for review, as the above image shows.
The ASUS Transformer Pad has similar specifications to the Transformer Prime, but is constructed largely from plastic. It's also slightly thicker and has a smaller battery.
ASUS shows plenty of attention to detail in its retail packaging for the Transformer Pad.
The Transformer Pad TF300T has a quad-core processor and boasts an optional, detachable keyboard dock that transforms it from a tablet into a notebook-style device.
The sales package includes an AC adapter to charge the unit, a microfiber cloth to clean the screen, a warranty card and documentation for both the tablet and the keyboard dock.
The Transformer Pad's keyboard dock adds a full-sized USB port, a full-sized SD card slot and a multi-touch trackpad.
ASUS says the Transformer Pad is good for up to 10 hours of battery life as a stand alone device, and up to 15 hours if the keyboard dock (with built-in battery) is connected.
The Transformer Pad has an IPS screen rather than the brighter IPS+ panel of the flagship Transformer Prime.
The ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T is available now through major Australian retailers including Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi and The Good Guys. The 32GB model sells for $499 without the keyboard dock, or $599 with the docking station included.
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