ASUS Transformer Pad (TF103CG) Review

There was a time when Asus was just a name in the electronics world. However, things are changing pretty fast and now it is turning out to be the key player in the world of smartphones and tablets.

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After the grand success of its Transformer series, Asus is back with yet another amazing device. This time it is a 10 inch tablet which can be connected with a keyboard so that you can use it like a laptop. In this post, we will cover each and every aspect of this device and will let you whether it is worth buying or not.

Look and Design:

When it comes to 10” tablets, users want a lightweight device which can be carried easily. When it comes to this device, it has got classic looks with rounded edges. It is only 10mm thick and weighs only 555 grams. There is an Asus branding on the front side of the device and the front camera of 0.3MP is placed at the center of the screen.

There is a laptop kind of branding at the rear side with Asus written on the center of the device. A 2 MP camera is also placed on the rear side which is just behind the front camera. The device feels premium in touch and is very much handy to carry it. Since it is a big screen device, you would need one hand to hold it while other hand to operate it.

Display

The device boasts of a mammoth 10.1” IPS display with a pixel resolution of 1280×800 pixels. The screen is supported by a LED back light which makes it vibrant and colorful. It also offers an anti-touch fingerprint coating and 10 finger multi-touch support. The screen offers good color saturation and HD videos looks quite good on the display.

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Hardware & Performance

The device is powered by a 1.6Ghz Intel Atom Z2560 Dual-Core processor along with 1GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. You can expand the internal storage by using a microSD card of upto 32GB storage. Talking about other connectivity features it supports 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.

We didn’t face any kind of lag or issues while navigating through the UI or while opening/closing the applications. The device is powerful enough to handle most of your daily tasks and apps. We did face some minor performance issues with few high end games like Modern Combat 4 or Asphalt 8.

The large display is good enough for most of the tasks like watching videos, movies or playing games. The tab comes with 5070 mAh battery which provides a battery life of around 8 hours which is pretty good for a 10 inch tablet.

Software

It comes preloaded with Android 4.4 and there is no news on when will it get the update for latest version i.e Android Lollipop. Like all other Asus devices, this tablet also comes with its own UI known as Zen UI. The UI feels fresh and is user friendly. The device comes with many preloaded Asus apps out of which many apps are quiet useful.

Camera

When it comes to Asus, it offers Pixel Master Technology for clicking photos. Although, the rear camera is just 2MP but, it offers some amazing features. Features like Time Rewind, Image Stabilizers, Beautification, GIF animation offers a whole new experience while clicking pics. Since, it is a 10” device, it offers excellent images while clicking a selfie or group photos. The front camera is just 0.3MP but, it offers decent quality.

Key Specifications of Asus Transformer Pad TF103CG

Operating System Android 4.4
Weight 555 g
Display 10.1” IPS Display with LED Backlight and anti-fingerprint coating
CPU Intel® Atom™ Z2560 Dual-Core
RAM 1GB DDR3
Storage 16Gb and expandable up to 64GB
Camera 0.3MP Front Camera & 2MP Rear Camera
Chipset Nvidia Tegra 3 T30L
Processor 1.6 Ghz Atom Dual Core (4th Gen)
Calling Facility Yes
Other Features USB 2.0, Bluetooth v3.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G, Accelerometer, Gyrometer

Conclusion

The device is priced at INR 18,949 and can easily be brought from any of the e-commerce website. It is available in black and white color only. The keyboard which we mentioned at the starting is optional but we recommend you to buy the keyboard. At this price point it is a a good device with decent performance and large display. We really liked the battery life of the tablet but it does not have a good camera.

Author: Deepak Kumar

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