The Asus Transformer Prime TF201 is considered one of the best Android tablets currently available, but it’s also quite expensive at a starting price of $499. While we’ve covered the 1080p follow-up, the TF700T, a few more details have emerged of the upcoming cheaper, and slightly thicker, entry into the EeePad Transformer family. The TF300T doesn’t manage to break thinness records or specs records, but when it likely debuts during Mobile World Congress it may be a little less troublesome on the wallet.
It is expected to mostly match the Transformer Prime in specs, though the CPU is slightly slower: 1.2Ghz quad-core Tegra 3, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 10.1-inch (non-Super) IPS 1280×800 display, 16GB internal memory, 8MP back camera with no flash, 1.2MP front camera. Where it makes some concessions is in its battery, and its size: the TF300T is considerably thicker at 9.9mm to the Prime’s 8.3mm, and it weighs 640g to the Prime’s 582g. The battery is meant to last 8.5 hrs to the Prime’s 9.5hrs, and with the dock 12.5hrs to the Prime’s 18hrs.
If Asus can release the TF300T at $399 or less it will have a good chance of being a high seller; as we’ve learned with Android tabs, the price is key to success more than anything else.