The new Asus Transformer Pad TF103C became available for pre-order today with a price of $299 with the keyboard dock included. And the Asus Transformer Pad TF103C release date is June 22:
(UPDATED: The price for this tablet without the keyboard was cut to just $179 during fall 2014.)
Asus Transformer Pad TF103C is the newest Transformer Pad model from Asus, which in short is a 10.1-inch (now updated to Android 5.0) Android 4.4 tablet with a detachable keyboard dock included in the price.
The newest Transformer Pad is powered by the 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor with a regular speed of 1.33GHZ up to to 1.86GHz in Turbo mode. To make it as inexpensive as possible, it has 1GB of RAM and a choice of either 8GB or 16GB ROM storage, but with support for up to 64GB microSD cards, and 5GB Asus cloud storage.
The 10.1-inch LED screen have an IPS display panel with 10-finger multi-touch support and a WXGA resolution of 1280 x 800, with what is considered an effective anti-fingerprint coating.
For video calls the Asus Transformer Pad TF103C is equipped with a 0.3MP front camera and a 2MP rear camera. It also has stereo speakers that are hidden towards the rear of the tablet, with SonicMaster audio technology.
On the tablet there’s a micro-USB port, a combined audio jack, and the microSD card slot. While on the included keyboard there’s a ordinary sized USB 2.0 port as well.
In addition to the 8GB and 16GB options there is also the model options between Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G models.
The Wi-Fi only version have the model name Asus Transformer Pad TF103C, while the Wi-Fi + 3G version carry the model name Asus Transformer Pad TF303CG. The Wi-Fi version release on June 22, while the 3G model release later in July.
The wireless support for the Wi-Fi version is 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Miracast.
Sensors include g-sensor, e-compass, GPS, and GLONASS.
The battery life is 9.5 hours on average, provided by a 19Wh li-polymer battery. As for dimensions, the Asus Transformer Pad TF103C tablet measures 257.46 mm x 178.4 mm x 9.9 mm and weighs 550 gram, while the keyboard dock measures 257.46 mm x 178.4 mm x 19.8 mm and weighs the same 550 gram, for a total of 1100 gram for the tablet and keyboard together.
The color options are black or white. Asus Transformer Pad TF103C also features Asus own ZenUI (user interface) which provides many additional apps, extra settings and adjustments gives a lot of life to this tablet.
It’s a nice package this tablet. It have an efficient processor, quality hardware, and many features, and a keyboard included above all. It’s not the most powerful tablet, but as a entry level tablet with keyboard, it will save a lot of people a lot of money. By comparison, the Asus Transformer Pad TF701 costs $299 just for the tablet itself, while the keyboard adds another $149.
– Jim Miller