ASUS’s cheap Transformer Pad 300, also called the slate for the masses has just been launched officially. Shown off at MWC 2012, the product is now available, starting $379 for the 16GB version. The price goes to $399 for the 32GB one, which is what you pay for the last year iPad 2 by the way.

We’re dealing with a tablet with basic specs, but still they’re very good for this price. This is an Android 4.0 ICS model with a 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 IPS screen, 1.2GHz quad core Tegra 3 processor and an 8 megapixel camera at the back. Imagine a slightly dumbed down Prime and you’ll get the idea. Hopefully the GPS problems of the device won’t also find a way onto this new device. The Transformer Pad 300 is supposed to provide up to 10 hours of functioning time, that can even reach 15 hours when the mobile dock is used, just like the Prime.

The dock is priced at $149 by the way and the slate is available in 3 colour versions, with the blue one being the first out the door. The red and white models will come at a later date. So, does this quad core affordable model interest you, seeing that ASUS also had in the works a 7 inch $250 MeMo quad core slate? Or do you want the Nexus Tablet that they made starting from that model?