ASUS actually beat Apple to the punch in announcing a greater than 1080p ARM based tablet, but today we have most of the specs on Apple's new iPad. How do the two stack up? The table below summarizes what we know thus far:

Tablet Specification Comparison
  ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity Apple's new iPad (2012) Apple iPad 2
Dimensions 263 x 180.8 x 8.5mm 241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4mm 241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8mm
Display 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 Super IPS+ 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 IPS 9.7-inch 1024 x 768 IPS
Weight 586g 652g 601g

3G/4G LTE - 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 (2 x Krait)

WiFi - 1.6GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 T33 (4 x Cortex A9)

Apple A5X (2 x Cortex A9, PowerVR SGX 543MP4?)

1GHz Apple A5 (2 x Cortex A9, PowerVR SGX543MP2)
Connectivity WiFi , Optional 4G LTE WiFi , Optional 4G LTE WiFi , Optional 3G
Memory 1GB ? 512MB
Storage 16GB - 64GB 16GB - 64GB 16GB
Battery 25Whr 42.5Whr 25Whr
Pricing $599 - $799 est $499 - $829 $399, $529


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  • menting - Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - link

    "Tegra 3 is roughly equivalent to last year's A5 CPU", ONLY in the video aspect.
    in CPU numbers the Tegra 3 blows A5 away.
  • michael2k - Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - link

    The Tegra3 is only about 2x as powerful as the Tegra2, in CPU only. In the browser based benchmarks, we see the iPad 2 is equivalent to the Tegra3.

    There may be other benchmarks where this is not so, but for games or browser based activities the iPad2 is competitive or outclasses the Tegra3, let alone the iPad3.
  • harbourcoat - Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - link

    are those browser benchmarks based on the same browser on each platform?

    if not then benchmark is void.
  • michael2k - Thursday, March 8, 2012 - link

    No, it's not void. It shows that, at the time of benchmark, that out of the box someone with an iPad will see no disadvantage in using browser based apps, or the browser, or email.

    That is not inconsequential. It also shows that in GPU heavy tasks the iPad shows an advantage over the Tegra 3.

    That is extended to the new iPad by dint of a similar CPU and more GPU cores.
  • tipoo - Sunday, March 11, 2012 - link

    It isn't 4 GPUs per core, its 4 GPU cores period.
  • MrSparkle404 - Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - link

    Should I assume all 3 can do Wireless N? N has been around a while, but many phones don't support it, and these are almost phones...
  • ericloewe - Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - link

    They're definitely all Wireless N. Wireless N is pretty much universal now - the only recent gadget I know is limited to G is the Nintendo 3DS, and they stayed on B for what seemed like forever.
  • name99 - Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - link

    iPad1 does wireless n. At 2.4 and 5GHz. Where have you been the past few years?

    The real question is does it support either 40MHz bands or MIMO. No tablet that I know of does so today, so they are all limited to either 65 or 72Mbps PHY.

    I was disappointed (and surprised) that as least as far as the talk goes, they support DC-HSPA but not MIMO HSPA. This is disappointing insofar as DC-HSPA gives 42Mbps PHY, sure, but at the cost of wider bandwidth --- 2x MIMO HSPA is more spectrally efficient, and we need all the spectral efficiency we can get going forward. The very fact that ATT are STILL willing to allow new non-MIMO devices on their network (and it's not like a tablet is really constrained wrt to space for two antennas) is just one more reason I take all their crying about how they need more spectrum as just so much bullshit. If you're so spectrum constrained, guys, then how about you insist on your device making better fscking use of it?
  • gorash - Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - link

    So ASUS has made the Infinity thinner than iPad 2, but Apple made iPad 3 thicker... hmm...
  • c4v3man - Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - link

    Battery capacity appears to have nearly doubled on the iPadHD/3/whatever. So while the Transformer infinity may be thinner, the iPadHD will likely get better battery life, at 9+hrs vs probably 7hrs or less on the Infinity. Unless the Tegra unCore saves enough power to make up for it, which is unlikely.

    Still waiting on the ASUS Memo370T... that's the tablet for me! Since getting my free Playbook, I've been carrying it around everywhere with me... can't imagine having anything bigger.

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