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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  • tipoo - Sunday, March 11, 2012 - link

    Still no teardowns, but its pretty certain the iPad 3 has 1GB now.
  • rdwade55 - Thursday, March 8, 2012 - link

    Overall I was a little disappointed by the "new iPad". With all that cash and resources I would have expected better speakers and Senseg integration electric haptic feedback. THAT would have gotten my wallet out even though I overwhelmingly favor android based products.

    And the "new iPad?" Available on in the SAME colors as the iPad 2? With no distinguishing physical features? I honestly can't believe that was the consensus of the Apple juggernaut's marketing department.

    The big question for me, where the rubber meats the road, is how does the new iPad render webpages/photos/videos/games that don't (almost all won't) exist natively at a resolution that would be big enough to view comfortably on a 2048X1536 screen. This is where I look forward to Anand's analysis. Does the new iPad simply pixel double some elements? Does it try to soften or antiailias edges in pictures or webpages?

    I may get one just to play with but I feel pretty sure right now that it'll hit ebay as soon as the infinity or A700 or something comparable comes out. If Samsung ever comes out with a 10.1" tab with a super amoled+ I'm sold, take my money now.
  • PeteH - Thursday, March 8, 2012 - link

    How something is rendered will probably vary by what it is.

    I would bet non-native apps will be handled the same way iPhone apps were handled on the first iPad: the user could choose to use the app at its native resolution or upscaled. The quality of the upscaling will be the more interesting question. Do they use high quality scaling to make the app look good, or do they use poor quality scaling, either for simplicity or to "encourage" developers to update their apps?

    I'm less sure about photos, but I think giving the user the option of seeing them at native resolution or scaled to fit (via a high quality scaler) is the most likely scenario.

    Video could be handled this way too, but I think it's far more likely that video would be scaled to fit since that's how video is typically handled (for example, watching DVDs on a 1080p display).

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