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Transformer Prime Infinity Series sees Asus ditch Tegra 3

Asus has updated its popular Transformer Prime with the Infinity Series.

No sooner has it announced the launch of the Transformer Prime, Asus has already begun tinkering with the specification.

The device has proved particularly popular thanks to its innovative design, which allows it to quickly change from an ultrabook with a notebook style to a tablet.

First it brought out the T201 and then a modified TF700T, and now comes the revamped Infinity Series. The key change here is that the Asus has decided to ditch the Tegra 3 processor for this version.

This represents a major shift, as the new Tegra 3 chip, which is quad-core but uses a fifth core to take care of low-level running functions and dramatically reduce energy consumption, was extremely well received when the product launched.

The Infinity Series instead uses a dual-core Qualcomm MSM 8960 Snapdragon S4 CPU. There will be a version still using Tegra 3, but this is the Wi-Fi only model.

Otherwise, much of the spec is the same, including eight- and two-megapixel cameras and 1GB of RAM, HMDI capability and a 10.1-inch display. The screen itself has been updated to use the stronger Gorilla Glass 2.

As well as the existing 32GB and 64GB versions, the Infinity Series will include a lower-end 16GB option.

Another plus comes with the operating system. Whereas the first Transformer Primes came with Android Honeycomb that could be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich, the Infinity Series comes with the 4.0 operating system out of the box.

Asus has this to say of the revamp: "Superior mobility is a major selling point of any tablet, but the Infinity has a significant edge over the competition when it comes to productivity.

"Some tablets may sacrifice usability for portability, but the Infinity offers the best of both mobile words — and unbeatable multimedia performance to boot."ADNFCR-1220-ID-801305246-ADNFCR