ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T is a great device to start with. It is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L Quad Core clocked at a whopping 1.2GHz CPU and a GeForce 12-core, 3D stereo (built-in) GPU. ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T boasts a 10.1″ WXGA (1280 × 800) LED Backlight 178° wide viewing angle IPS panel, 10 finger multi-touch, and thanks to its 1 gig RAM and 16 gig ROM, apps run at blazing speed. The tablet is packed into a very slick housing and has very well designed back panel too. What sets it apart from other Android tablets is that it has a mobile dock with full QWERTY Keyboard, though sold separately. The dock literally transforms it into a netbook sort of device, and the 22 Wh Li-polymer battery that it incorporates ensures the tablet stays up for at least 10 hours. The dock has its own 16.5 Wh Li-polymer battery, and the keyboard dock actually adds 5 hours of extra battery life to the tablet.
The ASUS Transformer Pad is no doubt my favorite tablet that is currently in the market, and now ASUS is giving another reason to love this piece of technology. The company had surprisingly began to roll out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 last week, but users of Transformer Pad TF300 in UK found out that they weren’t invited to the party, but now UK is being graced with the highly anticipated update.
Asus explained on their Facebook page:
“We are pleased to announce that we will be rolling out a major software update for the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, which will bring Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean to the device for the first time in North America. In addition to this being the first of our planned Jelly Bean updates for the Transformer Series, we have also added a range of new features, including new power saving options, global file search and several improvements to the pre-installed apps.”
ASUS UK Facebook confirmed the update this morning with the photo you see above. The update is being rolled out to not only in UK, but to customers across Europe too.
This is what the company tweeted on its ASUS (UK)’s twitter account: Jelly Bean has arrived for the Transformer Pad TF300! Go get yourselves some sweet OS goodness 🙂 & RT to spread the word #JellyBean
Asus was anticipated to roll out the update much before any other manufacturer would, and seems it is on the right track. It’s nice to see that Asus didn’t waste any time upgrading its device to Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system, instead has worked towards bringing a fast upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for Asus TF300 owners.
In addition to all the Jelly Bean goodness, Asus has ensured that its users have a nice time by including numerous apps such as global file search, new power saving options, and ‘several improvements’ to the pre-installed apps. The update will be Over The Air (OTA) and users from several countries, including but not limited to – Germany, Slovakia, Spain, the UK, Greece, Portugal, and Northern Ireland – have reported to receive the update.
If you own a TF300 international World Wide (WW) variant and live in Europe, your device is most probably eligible for Jelly Bean OTA update. If you’re impatient, you can try checking for updates by going to Settings > System Firmware Update > Check Update.
It’s worth noting that ASUS has also provided the full firmware for download directly from its support site over here, thought it states that it’s only meant for US users. Direct download will be helpful for users who receive the OTA due to reasons such as having an unlocked bootloader or something else. So if you have an unlocked bootloader and afraid that you won’t be able to experience the official Jelly Bean ROM, fret not and download the downloadable firmware from its official webpage. The file weights a hefty 438MB and it should be noted that this firmware will break root and overwrite any custom recovery that you may be running. If you don’t want that to happen, you may rather choose to wait for developer’s community to cook something up.
We’ll keep you updated about firmware updates for other models from ASUS, but in the meantime, if you own an ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, let us know how the update is treating you using the comment form below. You can also follow the discussion at the XDA forum over here.