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    Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 Wi-Fi coming to US week of July 16th, starts at $499

    Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 Wi-Fi coming to US week of July 16th, starts at $499


    The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is headed to the US in the week starting July 16th at $499 for the 32GB model and $599 for the 64GB model.

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    Asus' Transformer Pad Infinity, first announced as the Transformer Prime TF700T way back at CES in January, is headed to US shores during the week of July 16th. The tablet was renamed the Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 at MWC and improves on the original Prime in several ways.

    The Infinity looks very similar to Asus' other convertible tablets and is compatible with the Transformer Dock sold alongside the Prime. The most visible change will be a move away from an all-aluminum body — likely to remedy the Prime's GPS issues — to one with a plastic strip which also contains the tablets 8-megapixel camera. That's not all that's changed, however, as the Infinity has bumped specs across the board. There's a new 10.1-inch 1900 x 1200 Super IPS+ display that has a pixel density of 224ppi (lower than the new iPad's 264ppi but higher than the Retina Display MacBook Pro's 220ppi). It retains its predecessor's Tegra 3 SoC and 1GB of RAM but bumps the processor's clock rate to 1.6GHz (up from 1.3GHz) and also uses faster DDR3 RAM. It launches with Ice Cream Sandwich, but given Asus' recent track record, we expect it'll be one of the first to be updated to Jelly Bean.

    There's also an LTE version in the works which, like many LTE smartphones this year, will use a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 SoC. Unfortunately, Asus has only announced a date for the Wi-Fi version today. The Transformer Pad Infinity will cost $499 for the 32GB model and $599 for 64GB. The keyboard dock will be available separately for $149.