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Asus Transformer Pad 300 will tip up next month

A cheaper version of the Transformer Prime

Asus has announced the Transformer Pad 300 (TF300) will go on sale next month.

The hardware vendor said the Android tablet will be available from PC World and Currys early next month. The firm has finally dropped the 'Eee Pad' branding and said the tablet will be priced at £399 including the keyboard docking station. See also: Group test: what's the best tablet PC?

Asus said: "Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the ASUS Transformer Pad is a value packed tablet that combines quad-core CPU power with multi-colour style, and productivity with expandability when connected to the mobile dock with USB and SD card ports."

It's a similar device to the Transformer Prime TF201 but varies slightly across the specification sheet. The Transformer Pad 300 has an IPS screen instead of Super ISP, a marginally slower Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor and three hours less battery life at 15 hours.

However, it uses DDR3 RAM instead of DDR2 which should improve some areas of performance and has Bluetooth 3.0 compared to version 2.1 found on the Transformer Prime. It's hard to tell what the overall difference of the changes will make but we will let you know when we review the tablet.

Asus Transformer Pad 300

Initially the Transformer Pad 300 will come in Royal Blue with Iceberg White in late June and the Torch Red model available late July. Asus said it will only sell the 32GB version in the UK.

"With a 1.2MP front and 8MP rear auto-focus camera with large F/2.2 aperture and exclusive office software, staying connected and productive has never been easier." added Asus.

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