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Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 review – best Android tablet right now

By Andrei Girbea - @ andreigirbea , updated on July 15, 2014
Tested: Asus Transformer Infinity Pad TF700
Rating: 4/5     Price Range: $499 to $599
Summary: If you're an Android user and are looking for the best available tablet on the market, budget aside, the Asus Transformer Infinity Pad TF700 is your best pick. As long as you're completely aware of what Android can and cannot offer for you on a tablet.

The good

good looking and solid built; slim and light; Full HD IPS screen; fast hardware platform; good performances; good battery life; can be paired with a matching docking station

The bad

Android still has its issues, especially on tablets; no USB port on the tablet; there's only one speaker and it's not impressive

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity sums up all the efforts Asus has put into their tablets in the last year or so. I’ve tested the first Asus Transformer slate last year in April, I even bought one quickly after, as it was perhaps the best Android tablet back then, in Mid 2011.

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 is right now, once again, the best in its class, and it will remain a must-consider option for sure for the rest of 2012, for those looking to buy a top Android slate.

I’ve played with the Infinity Pad for the last couple of days and I must say it is quite something. My test unit was an early pre-release sample, thus it encounter some minor issues, mostly because it does not run the final optimized version of Android 4.0 yet. I’m confident this will get solved for the units you’ll find in stores, as it is known that Asus and Google are working closely together to make their tablets better.

In this post, the review for the Asus Transformer Infinity TF700, I’m going to tell you the impressions I’ve got after using the slate and playing with most of its core functions. I’ll also compare it with some of the other good tablets on the market and let you know which one is better than the other and why. So grab yourself a cold one, get comfortable and enjoy this article.

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity specs

First though, let’s have a look at the specs sheet, just so we know exactly what we’re speaking of here.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700
Screen 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 px, IPS+, with Gorilla Glass
Hardware Nvidia Tegra 3 T33 1.7 GHz quad-core CPU, 12-Core GPU
Memory 1 GB RAM
Storage 64GB
Wireless N, Bluetooth, GPS, 3G/4G-LTE (some versions)
Sensors accelerometer, compass, gyroscop, light sensor
Ports micro-HDMI, proprietary docking port, microSD card reader
Cameras 8 MPx back camera with Flash, 2 MPx front camera
Battery 25 Wh
OS Android 4.0 IceCream Sandwich
Size 263 × 180.8 × 8.5 mm (10.35 x 7.12 x 0.33 inches)
Weight 586 g (1.3 pounds)
Others Asus SonicMaster speaker; available in two colors; optional docking station with keyboard, USB, SD card

The Video Review

And if you might not have time for the whole story now, the video review below will come in handy. But it might not include all the details you’ll find inside this post.

Design and exterior

No one can argue that the Asus Transformer Infinity is a sleek tablet and one of the most beautiful slates ever made. It measures 263 × 180.8 × 8.5 mm (10.35 x 7.12 x 0.33 inch) and weighs 586 g (1.3 pounds), which means it’s actually a bit lighter and slimmer than its main competitors.

Asus Transformer Infinity TF700 - sleek and beautiful

Asus Transformer Infinity TF700 – sleek and beautiful

Like on the Prime before, you get metal on the back of the Infinity Pad TF700, with a circular finish and a purple-gray color (it will actually be available in two different colors: Amethyst Gray, the one we tested, and Champagne Gold). However, the top part of the tablet is made from this strip of dark-gray plastic, which does integrate well with the overall aspect of the tablet and hides beneath the wireless and GPS antennas.

We get the Camera on the back and the speaker’s grill. Yes, there’s only one speaker and it’s once again placed on the back, on that lower right part, which means the sound will get muffled when holding the tablet and accidentally covering the grill with your hand (which happens more often than you’d think, just because Asus decided to place the speaker where they did).

The speaker grill

The speaker grill

I especially like how Asus designed the edges of the Infinity 700, a mix between a round and straight cut that actually makes the edges comfortable when holding the tablet longer with both ends. In other words, the edges aren’t sharp as on other tablets, thus won’t cut into your palms.

On the front there’s just a sheet of glass covering the screen, the cameras and some sensors. That’s of course Gorilla Glass that should keep the display safe from scratches.

Gorilla glass on the screen

Gorilla glass on the screen

Connectivity, ports and sensors

In terms of ports, the Asus Transformer Infinity Pad 700 doesn’t change anything from the Prime or the other members of the Transformer family for that matter. There’s been a slight button rearrangement though.

On top you’ll find the power button, a mic hole and the volume rocker (towards the right, which is a bit odd). On the left edge, as you’re watching the tablet, there are the micro SD and micro HDMI ports, a mic and the 3.5 mm jack.

A micro SD and a micro USB ports can be found on the Infinity

A micro SD and a micro USB ports can be found on the Infinity

On the right side you only get another mic hole and on the bottom there’s the standard connector for charging and connecting the tablet to a computer, plus the two latches used to attach the Pad to its docking station (we’ll be talking about that one a bit later).

In terms of sensors, you’ll find anything you need on the Asus Trasnformer Pad Infinity 700, including a gyroscope, accelerometer, compass and light sensor.

As for Connectivity options, the Infinity does offer of course Wireless N, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. Plus, all the issues encountered with the GPS and WiFi signal on the Asus Transformer Prime are now gone, thanks to the plastic cover on top of the antennas.

The Infinity Pad actually uses a dual-antenna setup and wireless performances are very good. I’ve run some test between the Infinity, the Asus TF300 and the Apple iPad 3 and you can find the results in the clip below. Spoiler alert: the TF700 wins and the differences are even bigger when you’re further away from the signal source, with multiple obstacles between the two devices.

GPS works fine as well, it will take about 30 seconds for the Asus Infinity 700 to get full signal, as the test below proves. In comparison, the TF300 takes a lot longer, but there might be some issues with my test unit, as I couldn’t actually get GPS working on it even after waiting for like 5 minutes.

Now, the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity will also offer cellular connectivity. 3G and 4G-LTE will be available later this year. However, the 4G versions will be built on the Snapdragon S4 platform and not on Tegra 3, as it is known that Nvidia’s hardware platform and 4G/LTE modems don’t really go well together these days.

Docking station

As all the Transformers, the Asus Infinity also gets a docking station. It’s in fact the same docking as the one we saw on the Transformer Prime earlier this year, so if you own one already, it will work with the Infinity Pad as well.

The docking station can be quite useful

The docking station can be quite useful

The docking is quite slim, weighs about 540 g (1.18 pounds) and offers a bunch of ports (USB 2.0 and an SD card reader), a keyboard/trackpad and an extra 22Wh battery inside, that will help your greatly extend the battery life of your tablet when the two are interlaced.

Now, you can use the USB port to attach various accessories to your tablet. The SD card-reader can take SDHC cards and it will help you expand the storage space by quite a bit and the keyboard is overall good, with proper spaced keys and decent tactile feedback to make sure you’ll get along fine with it. The trackpad is cramped, a bit too jumpy for my taste and integrates quite stiff click buttons, but I doubt many of you will actually use it anyway.

The keyboard is alright, the trackpad not so much

The keyboard is alright, the trackpad not so much

The Asus Transformer Infinity docking station goes in stores for about $150 bucks. And like I said, it’s the exact same one as the version we saw earlier this year on the Transformer Prime, thus there’s no need to buy another one if you bought that version already.


If I had to choose one thing I enjoy most on the Asus Transformer Infinity Pad, that would be its screen.

We still have a 10.1 inch display here, but it’s an IPS+ panel with FHD 1920 x 1200 px resolution. And it’s jut great. The brightness is good, the contrast as well and the colors are just so lively. I don’t have the proper tools to compare the color reproduction on the Asus Infinity’s screen, but I’m pretty sure it’s capable of reaching a way wider color gamut than the average tablet displays out there.

The screen on the Asus Transformer Infinity is amazing

The screen on the Asus Transformer Infinity is amazing

And then there’s the resolution. I considered High Resolution displays a fuss before actually getting used to my iPad 3. Right now, I’m telling you, if you’re spending a lot of time reading stuff on your tablet (websites, news and social feeds, books, etc), a FHD+ screen is a must, as it’s able to reproduce the fonts a lot smoother, a lot crisper. You won’t feel the difference at start, but once you’ll get back to a regular screen after a couple of days of using the FHD displays, you’ll wonder how on earth you could actually read on the plain old HD ready screens before.

Texts look a lot better on High resolution displays

Texts look a lot better on High resolution displays

With the 600 nits panel, the Asus Infinity is usable even in bright light. Yes, you won’t see much in direct sun light and the screen is still glossy, but like on the Prime, the actual distance between the upper Gorilla Glass layer and the panel is very thin, thus reflections aren’t such an issue on the Infinity, as opposed to the first generation transformer on the Asus Pad TF300.

Hardware and software

The Asus Transformer 700 is in fact fast, the fastest Android tablet on the market right now. At least on paper, and I’ll tell you why below.

There’s an NVIDIA Tegra 3 T33 Quad-core 1.6GHz CPU inside this slate, 1 GB of RAM and 16 to 64 GB of storage space. That’s of course for the Wi-Fi/3G version of the Asus Infinity Pad, as the 4G/LTE options will be powered by a quad-core Qualcomm MSM8260A Snapdragon S4 platform. But we’re not talking about those now.

As opposed to the Tegra 3 T30 (on Prime) and T30L (on TF300), the T33 CPU is clocked a bit higher, thus it should be faster. You still get the Performance, Balance and Eco modes in Android, that will help balance between speed and energy efficiency, based on different situations.

The powerful hardware has to push more pixels

The powerful hardware has to push more pixels

All in all though, there are two things to consider when judging the performances of this faster Tegra 3 implementation and the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity. First of all, with a Full HD display, the hardware has to push a lot more pixels than it had too before. Also, since we tested a pre-release version of the Transformer Pad Infinity, it did not run final retail software, at least that’s what I was told by the guys at Asus. Now, it did run Android 4.0.3, but Asus works close with Google to optimize the Android OS for their tablets, so everything will work smoother in the end.

With that in mind, check out the benchmark scores I got on the tested Asus Infinity. But take them with a grain of salt, they might actually improve by the time this tablet hits the stores:

  • Quadrant: 4718 points;
  • Antutu: 12078 (CPU: 7516, GPU:1281, RAM: 2796, I/O:485);
  • CF-Bench: 7896, 2527, 4674;
  • Nenamark1: 59.9 fps;
  • Nenamark2: 39.9 ;
  • Sunspider 0.9.1: 1773 ms;
  • Browsermark: 127330;
  • LinPack: 59.4 – Single-Thread , 126.6 – Multi-Thread;

The everyday experience

Of course, how the tablet actually performs during everyday use is actually way more important than a bunch of numbers scored in some synthetic tests.

So, I have to tell you that the Infinity is overall snappy and fast. Opening apps, changing between them and performing the daily routine is smooth. I did notice however some annoying lag from time to time and sluggishness, which for the moment I put on that unfinished software. But it may just be a consequence of employing the FHD display. Time and future software updates will tell, I do hope to get to play with the Asus Transformer Infinity some more in the future and let you know how things evolve (if they do).

The tablet does get a bit hot on its back, especially if running games and setting the screen’s brightness high. That wasn’t unexpected and I don’t really consider this aspect an issue. Wrap your tablet in a protective leather case and you’ll never feel the extra heat. At least that’s what I do on my iPad 3.

As for the apps and the overall Android experience, it’s just what you can expect and i’m not going to get into that many details. Android 4.0 is a solid OS and if you use a lot of Google services already, you’ll probably like it a lot, since it integrates well with most of those services, including Gmail, Maps, Places, Latitude, GTalk, etc.

As a Tegra 3 powered device, the Asus Transformer Infinity get access to Nvidia’s TegraZone, where you’ll find some good games especially designed for these slates. But they still don’t come in great numbers. You’ll also find good games in the Play store as well, just don’t expect that many and in some cases, don’t expect them to be as polished as their iOS versions are. The Infinity also deals well with video playing, being able to run all sorts of HD online streamed clips (Youtube, Hulu, Netflix), as well as 1080P self-stored content, including most .mkvs. Plus, getting content on your tablet is as easy as Copy/Pasting it on Android tablets, unlike on the iPad where you have to use iTunes.

And there are many other things I love about Android, like the notifications system, the widgets, the multitasking.

But then, there are the issues, and I’m only going to mention two of them. First of all, as an Android tablet user, Google’s Play store is a mess. There’s no way to easily tell for sure which app is made for your big-screen slate and which is designed for a phone, before actually installing it. And in most cases, apps will look bad on a tablet. Yes, you do get now hundreds of thousands of apps in the store, but most of them are crap and even more won’t use the large landscape provided by Android slates.

And then, there’s the fragmentation. With Android major updates released every year or so, there’s no guarantee you’ll actually be able to run next year’s version on the best tablet of this year. Or that it will actually work well. Android 4.0 for the original Asus Transformer for instance works like crap and then most of the popular Android slates of 2011 haven’t even got an official update for Android 4.0. And they probably never will.

These are just two of the major issues Google has to fix on their Android before they could grab me in their court. And with the Asus Transformer Infinity, there’s another one: even most of the crucial apps are not optimized for the Full HD resolution yet. Yes, this should get fixed in time, with more FHD Android slates hitting the stores, but as an early adopter, you’ll be ripped of the most important benefits provided by the new generation of top Android tablets.

Android 4.0 is just not there as an ecosystem, at least for me

Android 4.0 is just not there as an ecosystem, at least for me


You can find two cameras on the Asus Transformer Infinity 700, a 2 MPx one on the front-face, for chatting and video conferences, and an 8 MPx one on the back, with a wide f2.2 aperture, auto-focus and LED Flash.

I put little value on the cameras you can get on a tablet, cause let’s face it, taking pictures or clips with a 10 inch slates is just lame (there, I’ve said it). But I did add a couple of pictures taken with the Infinity below, just to have an example of what this slate is capable of.

I’ll also have a post comparing shots taken with the Asus Infinity TF700, Asus Pad TF300 and the Apple iPad 3 here on the site later this week, so stay tuned for that.

Battery Life

This is unfortunately one aspect where I couldn’t actually properly test the Asus Transformer Pad TF700, due to the limited amount of time I got to spend with it, but I’ll update this section in the next couple of days.

There’s a 25 Wh battery inside the Infinity an Asus claims up to 10 hours of life out of it. My early tests point to something close to 7-8 hours of everyday use, on Balance mode and pretty much the same for looping a 720p movie with the screen brightness set at 30%. I could probably squeeze more in this case selecting the Eco mode and lowering the brightness even more.

The docking station also adds a 22 Wh battery and it will automatically charge the battery inside the tablet when connecting the two. Together, I expect about 12-13 hours of life during everyday use, despite Asus claiming up to 16. But like I said, I’ll have to conduct some further battery life tests and will update this section soon.

Prices and availability

This section is still a work in progress. As I’m writing this review before the official release of the Asus Infinity, I can’t give you exact details on prices. My sources are saying something around $499 for the 32 GB version of this slate, $549 for the 32 GB and $599 of the 64 GB option, all Wi-Fi only.

Update: the Asus Infinity Pad will start at $499 for the 32 GB Wi-Fi only version, while the 64 GB model will go for $599. Both will be available from July. The 4G/LTE versions will get in stores later this year and prices are yet to be communicated for those options.

Update: You can find the Asus Infinity pad on Amazon, see this link for slightly discounted prices.

We do know for sure that the docking station is already available and goes for around $150 in the US and about 150 euros here in Europe.

The Asus Transformer Infinity is competitively priced

The Asus Transformer Infinity is competitively priced

Asus Transformer Infinity vs Main competitors

As perhaps the best Android slate out there right now and one of the few with a FHD screen, the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700 doesn’t have many direct competitors. And yet again, there are a bunch of alternatives customers might opt for.

The Acer Iconia Tab A700 is the closest match, also built on an Nvidia Tegra 3 platform and offering a Full HD 10.1 inch panel. This one is about $50 cheaper than the Asus Infinity, but on the other hand it’s not as sleek or as handsome, plus it does not offer the same kind of screen, the same fast Tegra 3 implementation or a handy docking station.

The Lenovo Ideapad K2 could be a tougher competitor, but we’ll have to wait for more details on that in the near future.

And then, there’s the iPad, the latest iPad 3, featuring similar performances, a matching screen and backed-up by the entire iOS ecosystem. It also starts at $499, so the Asus does not have the smaller price advantage in front of this one. Click this link for a detailed comparisons between the Asus Infinity and the new iPad 3.

The iPad 3 is perhaps the most important competitor for the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity

The iPad 3 is perhaps the most important competitor for the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity

Last but not least, there’s the myriad of good 2nd tier Android slates on the market, like the Asus Transformer Pad TF300, the Acer Iconia Tab A510 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 . They don’t feature a Full HD screen, but they offer pretty much the same everyday experience, while being at least $100 cheaper than the Asus Transformer Infinity.

And since Android offers little to no apps optimized for the massive 1920 x 1200 px resolution anyway right now, many potential tablet buyers might lean towards the good mainstream Android tablets.

See this link for a detailed comparisons between the Asus Infinity TF700 and the Asus TF300.

Wrap up

All in all, the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 is the best Android tablet I’ve played with, ever. It looks gorgeous, if feels solid, it packs solid hardware and an excellent screen. It also runs the latest Android OS version and offers that docking station that can be extremely useful if you’re looking to use the tablet for more than fun activities. And it’s fairly priced I must say.

But is the Asus Infinity actually a tablet I would buy right now? Well, I don’t know, and that’s mainly because of the Android issues I was telling you above. And also because I’m a pretty much satisfied iPad user and I don’t think an Android tablet can offer a more consistent experience for me, at least not now.

Asus Transformer Infinity TF700 - the best Android tablet of the moment

Asus Transformer Infinity TF700 – the best Android tablet of the moment

However, if you’re an Android user and are looking for the best available tablet on the market, budget aside, the Asus Transformer Infinity Pad will surely not disappoint. As long as you’re completely aware of what Android can and cannot offer for you on a tablet.

In the end, it’s up to you guys to decide what to pick. I’ve tied the knots together and tried to offer an insightful and thorough look at Asus’s flagship tablet. So if you enjoyed the post, perhaps you could share it to your friends, that would be of immense help to me and my little website. Also, if you have any questions or just want to add anything to this post, leave a comment below and I’ll answer as soon as possible.

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Andrei Girbea, aka "Mike", Editor-in-Chief at TLBHD.com. I absolutely hate carrying around heavy stuff, that's why I'm fond of mini-laptops and portable computers. I'm primarily using such devices and have been testing them for many years now. Get in touch in the comments section below.


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