There's nothing like anticipation and low inventory to hype a product. We saw that with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime early this year, and now its successor, the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 is poised to start another feeding frenzy. While the Prime has its problems, the Infinity TF700 is everything the Prime should have been, and then some. Wireless radios of all kind work perfectly, ports and controls are more robust and the 1920 x 1200 HD display is one of the best we've seen. The rear f2.2 camera with BSI sensor and 5 element lens likewise is the best tablet camera on the market. Granted, that might not say much given the state of tablet cameras, but the TF700 really does take excellent photos and 1080p video that far surpass the mediocre Transformer Prime and Asus Transformer Pad TF300 camera.
Like the new iPad with Retina display, colors are lush and detail is extreme. Images look much more real and text is superbly sharp. Unlike the iPad, the Asus Transformer Pad TF700 has one of the brightest mobile displays available. The Super IPS + display reaches over 600 nits of brightness. That certainly helps outdoor viewability, though the glossy Gorilla Glass 2 clad front reflects plenty.
The tablet runs on a the newer and faster 1.6GHz NVidia Tegra 3 T33 quad core CPU with 1 gig DDR3 RAM and 32 or 64 gigs of storage. It feels fast and is fast running Android OS 4. 0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and we can't wait to see how much snappier it gets with Android 4.4.1 Jelly Bean and its touch of Project Butter (Asus has said the TF700 will get Jelly Bean, and knowing them, it will be sooner rather than later).
The Infinity TF700 has a metal back with swirl pattern and is available in amethyst gray and champagne gold colors. There's a plastic strip along the back upper rather than full metal, and this improves wireless reception. We've enjoyed good WiFi performance and a tenacious GPS that locks onto satellites indoors with WiFi off.
As with all Transformers, you can get an optional keyboard dock that turns the tablet into a clamshell notebook style. The dock has a keyboard, trackpad, USB port and an additional battery. Asus states that the TF700 and Prime docks aren't interchangeable, but some folks claim their Prime docks works with the TF700.
The Transformer Infinity TF700 is just starting to appear in stores. The 32 gig model sells for $499 and the 64 gig sells for $599.