What's the difference between the ASUS Transformer 3 and the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro?
The ASUS Transformer 3 Pro (above) packs a distinctive kickstand in the rear, and is more squared-off along the edges. Meanwhile The ASUS Transformer 3 (below) has slightly rounded edges and the rear hosts the classic concentric circle design. You’ll also find the ASUS Transformer 3 is a bit lighter and thinner than the Pro version; 790 grams and 8.35 mm compared to 695 grams and 6.9 mm.
Another distinct difference are the inputs. While the ASUS Transformer 3 has a single USB-C plug with Thunderbolt 3 technology, the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro also has a full-sized USB slot and HDMI output. Both include audio jacks, and micro SD memory card slots. Don’t forget that the Universal Dock expands the possibilities of the USB-C port with ethernet, additional full USB ports, and many more connections. One thing the ASUS Transformer 3 has all to itself is a fingerprint scanner along the top edge.
From the front display, you won’t be able to tell them much apart. They’re both using high-quality 12.6-inch 2880 x 1920 displays with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The biggest giveaway would be the infrared camera on the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro (right), which enables facial recognition login through Windows Hello. You can spot the extra sensors on either side of the front-facing camera. One subtle difference is that the ASUS Transformer 3 has a slightly slimmer bezel, producing an 80% screen-to-body ratio.
Under the hood there are a few differences. The storage capacity for ASUS Transformer 3 caps out at 512 GB, and the RAM at 8 GB, while the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro goes up to 1 TB and 16 GB of RAM. There is a small difference in processors. The ASUS Transformer 3 uses a low voltage 7th. gen Intel® Core™ processor, while the Transformer 3 Pro has either an i5 or i7 processor.
There are also differences in the sound systems. The ASUS Transformer 3 has a quad-speaker system, which adjusts based on how you’re holding it. By comparison, the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro has a dual-speaker system. The T305 speakers use one-piece magnets with large diaphragms and are inclused in a rigid fiberglass chamber for strong bass definition and frequency response. Both use smart amps to crank up the volume without resulting in distortion.
|ASUS Transformer 3 (T305)||ASUS Transformer 3 Pro (T303)|
|Screen size||12.6 inches||12.6 inches|
|Screen resolution||2880 x 1920||2880 x 1920|
|Processor||7th. gen Intel® Core™||Intel® Core™ i5, i7|
|RAM||Up to 8 GB (LPDDR3, 1866 MHz)||16 GB (LPDDR3, 2133 MHz)|
|Storage||256 GB / 512 GB SSD||128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB PCIe|
|Cameras||13 megapixels rear
5 megapixels front
|13 megapixels rear
2 megapixels front with infrared
|Dimensions||202 mm x 303 mm x 6.9 mm||210.1 mm x 298.8 mm x 8.35 mm|
|Weight||695 g||790 g|
|Battery||38.5 Wh||39 Wh|
|Inputs||USB-C 3.1 (w/Thunderbolt 3)
|USB-C 3.1 (w/Thunderbolt 3)
Full USB 3.0
|Wireless||Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1||Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, WiDi|
|Color||Icicle Gold, Titanium Grey||Icicle Gold, Titanium Grey|
What do all of these differences amount to? In the end, the ASUS Transformer 3 is a little better-suited for getting around thanks to a slimmer profile, while the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro bulks up a touch but enables a whole lot of new functions in the process. In short: the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro is built for performance, while the ASUS Transformer 3 has an emphasis on style and portability.