You might know Asus’ upcoming tablet as the Asus Prime, but Asus has since changed the name of the tablet along with its features. When Asus first debuted the Prime, the company wasn’t quite done developing this tablet. Now, Asus is ready to ship the newly named and updated Infinity to US shops (ship date is officially July 16 -- $400). With this shipment announcement comes a few new features that Asus fans will want to check out. On that note, it’s also worth pointing out that Asus has been making some very decent device lately and the Infinity is no exception to this rule. If you’re in the market for a tablet and don’t want to pay for an iPad, here’s what the Asus Infinity will be offering when it arrives on store shelves.
Asus Infinity Features and Changes
Asus didn’t go with the all-aluminum look when creating the Infinity. Instead, this tablet has a plastic strip bar that contains an 8-megapixel camera. Other than this body change, the design of the Infinity is relatively the same, and you won’t be disappointed by the sleek look of the new tablet. The body of the Infinity is small and slick with plenty of eye-appeal. Inside the Infinity you will find a Tegra 3 SoC, 1 GB of RAM, and it is also equipped with Ice Cream Sandwich.
Display-wise, the Infinity has a 10.1-inch display that is actually quite nice to look at when it comes to graphics and videos. This isn’t a gaming tablet by any means, and it’s not a tablet that I’d recommend if you do a lot of design work, but it is a great tablet for watching videos and for general reading or Internet work. Asus will be releasing two different Infinity models including a 32GB and 64GB model ($499 and $599, respectively). You will also have the option to purchase a separate keyboard dock that will retail for $149.
How Does the Infinity Stack Up?
If you’ve been keeping track of newly released tablets, you probably already know about Microsoft’s latest tablet offering, the Surface. I’ll compare the Infinity to the Surface and skip the iPad comparison for the sake of this article. If you’re not familiar with Microsoft’s latest tablet creation, the Surface includes a built-in keyboard that’s literally part of the tablet cover, so you’ll save as far as the price of purchasing a keyboard dock goes. However, the Surface will cost around $600, and this is a bit more than the Infinity.
In short, it’s worth comparing both the Surface and the Infinity to see which tablet will suit you needs best, but it certainly looks like Microsoft and Asus are both entering the tablet market with a bang. Both of these tablets are expected to arrive within the next few months. If you are in the market for a tablet of any kind, make sure to check out what Asus and Microsoft are offering. The iPad still has an allure around it that makes it the most popular tablet out there, but other tablet manufacturers are really offering great devices for a fraction of the price.