TAIWANESE ELECTRONICS FIRM Asus has announced that it will launch its Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 tablet in the UK in August.
It has given no exact date yet, but an Asus representatives told The INQUIRER, "It will be released at some time in August, I can't tell you for sure the exact day, but it will be by the end of the month."
Shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January this year, the Infinity TF700 boasts 32GB and 64GB internal storage options, is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, has 1GB of memory and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
What makes this tablet unique is its 16:10 aspect ratio 1920x1200 10.1in Super IPS+ display that has a wide 178-degree viewing angle, which Asus claims makes it the first Full HD Android tablet.
Another unique selling point is the Infinity TF700's detachable mobile dock, which transforms it from a tablet into a notebook. Though this won't be anything original by the time Windows 8 launches, judging by the number of laptop/tablet computers aimed for release later this year.
For snaps, the TF700 is fitted with an 8MP rear camera with auto-focus, an LED flash and full HD 1080p video recording capability at 30fps. On the front, there's also a 2MP camera.
Connectivity wise, there's a USB 2.0 port, an SD card slot and 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth. The tablet will weigh 598g on its own, though Asus hasn't released the dock weight.
The tablet will offer 9.5 hours of battery life but when fitted into the dock as a laptop that will be extended to 14 hours.
Asus hasn't mentioned the price yet, but according to online reports the tablet will ship for a starting price $499 when it is launched in the US a month earlier in July, so we'll have a guess a retail price of around £400 when it comes to the UK in August. One thing we do know for sure is that it will ship with colour options of grey and gold.
We're awaiting delivery of a test unit, so check back later for a review. µ