Asus Transformer Pad TF103C

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Specs summary

Screen
10.1"

The Asus Transformer Pad TF103C's screen is 10.1 inches with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.86 GHz

There is a Intel Atom Z3745 Dual core 1.86 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 2+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
19WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 19 WHr battery.



The ASUS Transformer Pad TF103C has a nice screen, good audio a decent keyboard dock but it's a better Android tablet than a notebook.

- TabletPCReview Staff , TabletPCReview 

ASUS' entry-level Transformer Pad sacrifices quite a bit in the name of price, but you still get a speedy, well-designed Android tablet that can serve as a basic laptop in a pinch.

- Jon Fingas , Engadget 



Reviews (7.1/10 Avg. rating)


The Indian Express

Not really a transformer right now

from The Indian Express

The TF103 finds itself in a good place, mainly out of a lack of choice. You see, there is a dearth of good 10-inch Android tablets, and the TF103 is the cheapest among those we would recommend. At Rs. 20,000, it still costs more than what we think is value for money. But when you don’t have a choice, there’s little you can do.

If it was up to us, we would compromise on the screen size and the 3G connectivity and buy an iPad Mini. But if you want a 10-inch screen and mobile internet, along with the option of some day buying a keyboard dock, then the TF103 is a good choice.

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The TF103 finds itself in a good place, mainly out of a lack of choice. You see, there is a dearth of good 10-inch Android tablets, and the TF103 is the cheapest among those we would recommend. At Rs. 20,000, it still costs more than what we think is value for money. But when you don’t have a choice, there’s little you can do.

If it was up to us, we would compromise on the screen size and the 3G connectivity and buy an iPad Mini. But if you want a 10-inch screen and mobile internet, along with the option of some day buying a keyboard dock, then the TF103 is a good choice.

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The Indian Express

A good 10-inch option

from The Indian Express

The TF103 finds itself in a good place, mainly out of a lack of choice. You see, there is a dearth of good 10-inch Android tablets, and the TF103 is the cheapest among those we would recommend. At Rs. 20,000, it still costs more than what we think is value for money. But when you don’t have a choice, there’s little you can do.

If it was up to us, we would compromise on the screen size and the 3G connectivity and buy an iPad Mini. But if you want a 10-inch screen and mobile internet, along with the option of some day buying a keyboard dock, then the TF103 is a good choice.

Read full review

The TF103 finds itself in a good place, mainly out of a lack of choice. You see, there is a dearth of good 10-inch Android tablets, and the TF103 is the cheapest among those we would recommend. At Rs. 20,000, it still costs more than what we think is value for money. But when you don’t have a choice, there’s little you can do.

If it was up to us, we would compromise on the screen size and the 3G connectivity and buy an iPad Mini. But if you want a 10-inch screen and mobile internet, along with the option of some day buying a keyboard dock, then the TF103 is a good choice.

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TrustedReviews

Dated in parts and compromised in others

from TrustedReviews

The Asus Transformer Pad TF103 is a very low-cost hybrid tablet that scrapes off all the fancy extras often seen in tablets to offer something cheap enough to work as a complement to a main laptop.

As a result it’s pretty attractive. However, both of its sides end up feeling a bit compromised. The frame is a little too small to offer typing that doesn’t feel a bit cramped, and if productivity is your main aim, we’d suggest considering one of the great Windows-based alternatives such as the Asus T100 or T200.

The closer we get to comparing the Asus Transformer Pad TF103 with a pure Android tablet, the more we find its screen and design quibbles grating. However, if you need an extra device for both work and play for those moments when you’re on a train half-way between point A and B, this remains a top pick, especially if you’re keen on using Android, rather than Windows.

Now that it's down to £180 its value is simply excellent, making us care a lot less about its various issues.

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The Asus Transformer Pad TF103 is a very low-cost hybrid tablet that scrapes off all the fancy extras often seen in tablets to offer something cheap enough to work as a complement to a main laptop.

As a result it’s pretty attractive. However, both of its sides end up feeling a bit compromised. The frame is a little too small to offer typing that doesn’t feel a bit cramped, and if productivity is your main aim, we’d suggest considering one of the great Windows-based alternatives such as the Asus T100 or T200.

The closer we get to comparing the Asus Transformer Pad TF103 with a pure Android tablet, the more we find its screen and design quibbles grating. However, if you need an extra device for both work and play for those moments when you’re on a train half-way between point A and B, this remains a top pick, especially if you’re keen on using Android, rather than Windows.

Now that it's down to £180 its value is simply excellent, making us care a lot less about its various issues.

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Techgoondu

Looks attractive with a keyboard dock

from Techgoondu

In its bid to keep prices low, Asus has opted to cut back on the screen resolution and its camera. Its battery life also resides squarely in the average territory.

With that out of the way, however, the tablet hybrid proves to be a reliable netbook replacement that handles productivity tasks with ease, with horsepower to spare for a game or movie.

Those looking for a value tablet and who are mildly interested in having a keyboard to go with it would find themselves well-served by the TF103C. Take away the keyboard, however, and good alternatives like the LG G Pad 8.3 or even the Asus Memo Pad 8 offer alternatives. 

Potential buyers ought to ask themselves the value of the physical keyboard to their usage patterns, and that would likely make or break this deal. 

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In its bid to keep prices low, Asus has opted to cut back on the screen resolution and its camera. Its battery life also resides squarely in the average territory.

With that out of the way, however, the tablet hybrid proves to be a reliable netbook replacement that handles productivity tasks with ease, with horsepower to spare for a game or movie.

Those looking for a value tablet and who are mildly interested in having a keyboard to go with it would find themselves well-served by the TF103C. Take away the keyboard, however, and good alternatives like the LG G Pad 8.3 or even the Asus Memo Pad 8 offer alternatives. 

Potential buyers ought to ask themselves the value of the physical keyboard to their usage patterns, and that would likely make or break this deal. 

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TabletPCReview

Good performance and excellent audio quality for a small device

from TabletPCReview

There are two different ways to look at the Asus Transformer Pad TF103C. You can see this device as an Android tablet that comes with a detachable keyboard or you can see it as an Android notebook with a detachable tablet. The TF103C works very well as the former, but it falls short as the latter.

The problem isn’t the design (which is largely identical to the ASUS Transformer Book T100 that we loved so much). This design worked extremely well when Asus loaded it with Windows 8.1 and a free copy of Microsoft Office. The problem is that Android isn’t the catch-all operating system for everything just because Google or consumer electronics manufacturers want it to be. There is wisdom in the old phrase “A Jack of all trades is a master of none.”

The TF103C is a very good Android tablet and the included keyboard and touchpad come in handy when you want to type up a long email or work assignment. The full-size USB port built into the keyboard is also handy for importing files to your Android tablet.

However, we hesitate to recommend the TF103C to anyone looking for a cheap laptop because many people who want a laptop expect to multitask with multiple apps open on screen at the same time. I wrote this review on an Asus Windows-based laptop with both Microsoft Word, notepad and Firefox open on the screen at the same time while I switched back and forth between applications and multiple browser tabs. There’s no way I could have done the same thing with the TF103C.

If you only plan to do one thing at a time for as long as you own the device, the Asus Transformer Pad TF103C works great and delivers a solid value. In fact, it’s a great choice for those shoppers. 

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There are two different ways to look at the Asus Transformer Pad TF103C. You can see this device as an Android tablet that comes with a detachable keyboard or you can see it as an Android notebook with a detachable tablet. The TF103C works very well as the former, but it falls short as the latter.

The problem isn’t the design (which is largely identical to the ASUS Transformer Book T100 that we loved so much). This design worked extremely well when Asus loaded it with Windows 8.1 and a free copy of Microsoft Office. The problem is that Android isn’t the catch-all operating system for everything just because Google or consumer electronics manufacturers want it to be. There is wisdom in the old phrase “A Jack of all trades is a master of none.”

The TF103C is a very good Android tablet and the included keyboard and touchpad come in handy when you want to type up a long email or work assignment. The full-size USB port built into the keyboard is also handy for importing files to your Android tablet.

However, we hesitate to recommend the TF103C to anyone looking for a cheap laptop because many people who want a laptop expect to multitask with multiple apps open on screen at the same time. I wrote this review on an Asus Windows-based laptop with both Microsoft Word, notepad and Firefox open on the screen at the same time while I switched back and forth between applications and multiple browser tabs. There’s no way I could have done the same thing with the TF103C.

If you only plan to do one thing at a time for as long as you own the device, the Asus Transformer Pad TF103C works great and delivers a solid value. In fact, it’s a great choice for those shoppers. 

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TechRadar

A perfectly good device for browsing, reading, playing basic games and watching movies.

from TechRadar

Although it's far from a powerhouse, I was extremely pleased with the TF103. Its failings are minor, while its best points are striking: a big, bright screen, decent sound and the versatility offered by the removable keyboard, all for a very reasonable price.

That said, unless you're desperate to get a keyboard with your tablet, there are better keyboard-less offerings on the market. 

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Although it's far from a powerhouse, I was extremely pleased with the TF103. Its failings are minor, while its best points are striking: a big, bright screen, decent sound and the versatility offered by the removable keyboard, all for a very reasonable price.

That said, unless you're desperate to get a keyboard with your tablet, there are better keyboard-less offerings on the market. 

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Digital Versus

An affordable tablet computer with keyboard

from Digital Versus

An ideal product for anyone looking to buy an Android tablet with keyboard without breaking the bank, the Transformer Pad TF103 offers nothing more than you would expect from its market position, although It does at least function without a hiccup. In short, it's a decent entry-level tablet, without any embellishment and with a good keyboard.

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An ideal product for anyone looking to buy an Android tablet with keyboard without breaking the bank, the Transformer Pad TF103 offers nothing more than you would expect from its market position, although It does at least function without a hiccup. In short, it's a decent entry-level tablet, without any embellishment and with a good keyboard.

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PCWorld

This hybrid is better for fun than work

from PCWorld

The Transformer Pad TF103C is a solid tablet for entertainment and other casual uses, but it won't supplant a true notebook if you're looking to boost your productivity while you're on the road.

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The Transformer Pad TF103C is a solid tablet for entertainment and other casual uses, but it won't supplant a true notebook if you're looking to boost your productivity while you're on the road.

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Engadget

A speedy budget tablet with a few sacrifices

from Engadget

Spend enough time with the TF103C and it's patently obvious why it only costs $299. ASUS has whittled the dockable tablet down to the essentials, with just about every luxury tossed aside; you won't find a breathtaking display, good cameras, long battery life or video output. What's left, though, continues to be tempting. This is a brawny tablet for the money, whether or not you use the netbook-like functionality all that frequently. If you do, it might even be an ideal laptop substitute. The Transformer Pad is more expensive than the cheapest Chromebooks, but it's slightly faster and carries an abundance of native apps.

You do have to ask whether you need the keyboard at all, though, and that's the real dilemma -- many people don't. If you're no fan of the Transformer concept, the TF103C won't change your mind. The savings from passing on the keyboard can be rolled into a tablet that may not be as good at productivity, but could easily be superior for books, games and movies. Give the Transformer Pad a close look if you're at least mildly curious about the dock; just be sure to keep its competition in mind before you take the plunge. 

Read full review

Spend enough time with the TF103C and it's patently obvious why it only costs $299. ASUS has whittled the dockable tablet down to the essentials, with just about every luxury tossed aside; you won't find a breathtaking display, good cameras, long battery life or video output. What's left, though, continues to be tempting. This is a brawny tablet for the money, whether or not you use the netbook-like functionality all that frequently. If you do, it might even be an ideal laptop substitute. The Transformer Pad is more expensive than the cheapest Chromebooks, but it's slightly faster and carries an abundance of native apps.

You do have to ask whether you need the keyboard at all, though, and that's the real dilemma -- many people don't. If you're no fan of the Transformer concept, the TF103C won't change your mind. The savings from passing on the keyboard can be rolled into a tablet that may not be as good at productivity, but could easily be superior for books, games and movies. Give the Transformer Pad a close look if you're at least mildly curious about the dock; just be sure to keep its competition in mind before you take the plunge. 

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Cnet

A solid bargain buy

from Cnet

To be sure, the TF103 has its performance and design downsides, but when manufacturers make sacrifices for the sake of meeting a budget price, those two features are usually the first out the window. As a standalone tablet, this Transformer Pad is mediocrely specced with an outdated aesthetic.

However, students and writers who need a cheap portable device to take their word processing on-the-go should put the TF103 on their short-list. It packs all the abilities of Android, with Asus' useful Zen interface, and a keyboard dock in a compact package.

Considering affordable tablet hybrids aren't in abundance, the Transformer Pad TF103 fills the void cheap netbooks have left. You can forgive its faults thanks to its competitive price, but if you need a portable keyboard toting device with more horsepower, they're available too, just not in the $300 price range.

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To be sure, the TF103 has its performance and design downsides, but when manufacturers make sacrifices for the sake of meeting a budget price, those two features are usually the first out the window. As a standalone tablet, this Transformer Pad is mediocrely specced with an outdated aesthetic.

However, students and writers who need a cheap portable device to take their word processing on-the-go should put the TF103 on their short-list. It packs all the abilities of Android, with Asus' useful Zen interface, and a keyboard dock in a compact package.

Considering affordable tablet hybrids aren't in abundance, the Transformer Pad TF103 fills the void cheap netbooks have left. You can forgive its faults thanks to its competitive price, but if you need a portable keyboard toting device with more horsepower, they're available too, just not in the $300 price range.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 22, 2014
Regions available USA, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat

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Secondary OS No
Processor Intel Atom Z3745 Dual core 1.86 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8/16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.14 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 19 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time 9 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 9 hours
3G Surfing Time No
4G Surfing Time No
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.8 x 25.8 x 1.0 cm (7 x 10.2 x 0.4 in)
Weight 550 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Pixel density 149 pixels
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Exposure value, Burst shot, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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