By Ben Bowers
on 3.1.12
Photo by Asus

Last fall, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime became the pace car in the Android tablet rat race. Now just four months later, Asus has announced a new flagship that’s souped-up for 2012, ditches the old vowel-overkill “Eee” brand, and gives previous early adopters the middle finger in the process.

The Infinity’s body style is essentially identical to the original TP, but an upgraded 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display with a 1920×1200 full HD resolution, faster 1.6GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core chip, improved 2MP front-facing camera (to go along with its already best in class 8MP rear) and a 14% increase in battery capacity are notable improvements for the 2012 marketplace. 3G/4G LTE versions are also available, but like the HTC One X, it features a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. Both versions will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich and should watch the Android tablet throne for at least a few hours. Prices are estimated to range between $600 and $800, which we assume will still be in range with the other tablet-that-shall-not-be-named, launching next week.

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