Unveiled just a few days earlier in Barcelona, Spain during the 2012 edition of the Mobile World Congress, Asus’ Transformer Pad TF300T Android tablet has just visited the FCC offices in order to get approval for its WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities.
According to Wireless Goodness
, the 300 Series Transformer Pad passed the FCC tests with flying colors, which means that Asus
is one step closer to releasing this slate in the US.
Sadly, a definitive release date hasn’t been provided, but if we were to guess we would say that an early Q2 launch seems highly plausible.
No other information accompanied Asus’ FCC submission, but we already know most of the Transformer Pad 300 Series
specs from the company's MWC 2012 conference that we attended earlier this week.
For those of you in need of a quick reminder, the 300 Series tablet comes as a cheaper alternative to the Transformer Prime, while featuring most of the specs of its older brother including its quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC.
In order to keep costs down, Asus has however dropped the aluminum chassis of the Prime with a similarly styled plastic body.
This is available in three colors, red, white, navy, and has the advantage of not only decreasing the weight and thickness of the tablet, but it should also help improve its WiFi reception.
When it reaches retail, the Transformer Pad 300 Series will also be available with 4G/LTE support thanks to the addition of a discrete LTE baseband.
The rest of the specs list of this 10.1-inch tablet
includes a 1280x800 resolution IPS screen (the Prime is IPS+), 1GB of RAM memory, 16GB of internal storage, dual-webcams (1.2 MP front, 8MP at the back), and Bluetooth 3.0 support.
In the US, pricing for the Transformer Pad 300 Series is set at $399 (about 299 EUR), which makes it significantly cheaper than the $499 Transformer Prime.