New ASUS Transformer Pad TF103 and TF303 in the Pipeline, First Pictures Leak

The two models are upgrades to the Android Transformer Pad Family

By Alexandra Arici on March 6th, 2014 07:33 GMT

If you’re a fan of the ASUS Transformer Pad family, you’ll be happy to know the PC maker is prepping new models that will surely arrive with an improved set of specifications, according to new information on the web.

The ASUS Transformer Pad TF103 and TF303 have showed up on the website of design firm red dot 21, showing their faces in a couple of images and revealing a few details about their insides.

Not so long ago, we brought you news that ASUS could be forced to discontinue its all-new 4-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrid, the Transformer Book Duet, a device launched back at CES 2014, due to pressure coming from Google. We’re glad to see ASUS hasn't succumbed to the failure combining wasted time and resources and is actively trying to improve its product base.

The two tablet/laptop hybrids are said to be “renovated from last generation” which only suggests they are updates of the ASUS Transformer Pad Android family. ASUS tends to use the “Transformer Pad” moniker for its line of Android tablets while the company’s Windows tablets are dubbed “Transformer Books.”

And now for a little bit of history, the first appearance of the ASUS Transformer Pad dates back to 2011, when the Taiwanese manufacturer surprised the tech world by lifting the veil off a convertible laptop that came with a keyboard dock companion.

The device proved to be a huge success among customers, so ASUS extended the line adding the Windows version to the table, which led to the birth of the ASUS Transformer Book.

Over time, the ASUS Transformer Pad has managed to retain its original identity, which consists of a 10-inch tablet with a keyboard dock plus various alternations in terms of hardware components.

ASUS will refresh its Android Transformer line-up
ASUS will refresh its Android Transformer line-up
ASUS has also been trying to progressively shrink the clamp that allows users to dock the tablet in its place and with the latest generation one can barely notice it at all. That’s also evident in the first pictures of the ASUS Transformer Pad TF103 and TF303.

In the meanwhile, Notebook Italia has been playing detective and has managed to uncover a bunch of information about the Transformer Pad TF303. Apparently, the new hybrid models will be called ASUS Transformer Pad TF303 Infinity and will probably be a premium version / replacement of the Transformer Pad TF701.

Interestingly, it will be the first Transformer Pad to run Android OS (most likely Android 4.4 KitKat) and draw power from an Intel Bay Trail processor. Furthermore, it will boast a full HD 10-inch display (1920 x 1080 pixel resolution) and have a long battery life.

As for the Transformer Pad TF103, we currently have no info on it, so you’re left with just checking out the pictures. Nevertheless, we’ll update you as soon as something new on the topic comes out.
ASUS prepping Transformer Pad TF103 and TF303
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