Asus Transformer Pad 300 Shows Up Online For U.S. And Europe

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Asus has begun bringing their lineup of tablets to market starting with the Tranformer Pad 300, which was dubuted at MWC this year along with the Transformer Pad Infinity and Padfone.  The Pad 300 should be rearing its pretty little face anytime now as it’s been currently listed with several online retailers.  The 32 GB model popped up in France for €499 ($650) however, according to the folks over at The Verge, they rendered Google Shopping results showing $379 (16GB) at J&R.  We’re unable to duplicate those findings so we’ll just take their word for it.  Just to recap on the Pad 300, it’s touting a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset, a 10.1-inch display with 1280 x 800 res, a gig of RAM and a pretty decent 8 meg camera for its main shooter.  Stay tuned as we patiently await for the official launch of the device along with its cousins the Infinity Tab and Padfone.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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AT&T HTC One X Release Date Pushed Back To May 6th

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While our friends overseas already has their hands on the HTC One X smartphone, we here in the States are unfortunately stuck playing the waiting game for the AT&T version of the HTC One X— which is set to be played a little longer on top of that. While AT&T is still mum on the device’s release date, an anonymous user gave us all the heads up that famed retailer Best Buy will be delaying preorders by a few weeks. The new anticipated release date from Best Buy is now May 6. That’s right folks… May. Feel free to express a disappointing sigh everyone.

Good things comes to those who wait, right gang? Here’s hoping AT&T doesn’t lag too much and will give us that concrete April release date in the coming weeks.

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Court Rules No Similarity, Use or Function Between Hasbro and Asus’s Products

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In what seems like a never ending onslaught of legal battle after legal battle for the mobile industry, a recent court ruling regarding the lawsuit between Hasbro and Asus has been finalized.  Hasbro has pushed for a ban on Transformer Prime tablet sales due to what it states could cause confusion for customers who may mistake the tablet to be a Hasbro product.  The company used existing merchandise and noted the fact that Asus’s logo has been plastered on quite a number of other items such as USB drives and other related computer hardware.  In a statement from the ruling judge, it seems like the argument was anything but convincing:

“There is nothing gimmicky about the Eee Pad Transformer or the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, nor can it be said that there is any similarity in the use or function between Hasbro and Asus’s products.”

The judge took it one step further to state how he thought it actually strengthened Asus’s argument in that using the word Transformer couldn’t have been a more accurate description, as it obviously “transforms” into a laptop computer once docked into the qwerty keyboard.  In addition to the debacle, Asus revealed stats on the sales as far as pre-orders and actual fulfillment goes.

“…as of February 24, 2012, it had received over 2,000 pre-orders … and that retailer fulfillment orders for the next two months total approximately 80,000 tablet computers.”

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Asus Campus Life Shows off Android x86 ICS Running on Eee PC

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Ever heard of the Android x86? It’s a team project devoted to porting Android to x86 computer architecture, which pretty much covers most PCs, like for instance Asus Eee PCs. I loaded Android x86 on my former Eee PC back when the project featured early builds of Honeycomb. Now, the project has moved on to Ice Cream Sandwich and the result looks sweet. » Read the rest

Asus debunks rumour on £700 price tag for Padfone

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It seems some tech sites had an itchy trigger finger this morning and prematurely released the speculated price of the upcoming Asus Padfone. The rumour doing the rounds was that the phone, tablet and keyboard docking station combo would retail without a contract at £700 ($1,090). Interestingly, most websites were spinning £700 as a ludicrously high price for the package however I challenge you to pick up a high spec phone, tablet and notebook separately for significantly less. It’s a moot point for the time being as Asus was quick to come forward and set the record straight by releasing the following statement : 

“ASUS is yet to announce pricing and availability of the ground-breaking and shape-shifting PadFone – anything to the contrary is merely rumours and speculation. We will be announcing details with our carrier partners in due course, so keep an eye out for updates on the official ASUS website and social media pages for more information as and when it is available.”

There we have it, those of you keen to get your hands on Asus innovative, new 3-in-1 combo will just have to wait a little longer to find out just how big a dent it will make on their credit card!

 

ASUS PadFone advert hits YouTube [Video]

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We’ve been following the progress of ASUS’ hotly anticipated tablet and phone package for the best part of a year and earlier today our patience was finally rewarded with a formal announcement. It seems that ASUS is in a giving mood today as it has also released a preview of the advert promoting the hot new tech to further whet our appetites.

Are you curious as to at what kind of person uses a tablet, phone and netbook all in one? Take a look at the YouTube video below and see how Ben, Jessie and Kenny use the PadFone to expand their worlds.

 

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Asus offers sneak peak of Padfone

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With only one week to go until the 2012 Mobile World Congress kicks off, the rumours and speculation are hitting fever pitch. Android tablet trailblazers, Asus has decided to add to the frenzy today by giving the world a look at it’s forthcoming Padfone.

“Divided we stand, together we rock” is the catchy tagline chosen to emphasize the three piece combo of phone, tablet and docking station. The latest teaser shows that the Padfone has gone through a complete redesign when compared to the original leaks late last year. The original concept of a phone that docks into the back of a tablet remains however the new info suggests that Asus will also be offering a keyboard dock as per it’s hugely successful Transformer series.

The Padfone is a 4.3″ Android Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone that docks into, and powers, a 10.1″ tablet. The tablet is set to be compatible with the TF201 keyboard dock from the Transformer Prime. The full technical specifications aren’t known at this point however I suspect we won’t have to wait long to find out.

The timing of the announcement is certainly opportune with the web awash with rumours that Android 5.0 Jelly Bean is set be an all encompassing, dual-boot Operating System. Perhaps the innovative Padfone trio is exactly the kind of hardware Google has in mind whilst working on Android’s next big release.

Asus tells us that “1 + 1 + 1 = Endless Possibilities” and with their stellar track record in Android tablets, we’re certainly looking forward to seeing the combo in action.

Check out the teaser video below and be sure to keep tuned in to TalkAndroid for news from MWC 2012 as it breaks.

 

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New Android tablet appears on Fujitsu 2012 roadmap

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Electronic giant Fujitsu has teased a number of intriguing devices as it unveiled it’s 2012 product portfolio during a press conference in Japan. Amidst a series of Ultrabooks, Ultrathin displays and Windows 8 devices sit 2 particularly interesting devices.

First up is the imaginatively titled ‘Mainstream Android Media tablet’ which is slated for a June 2012 arrival. No headline specs have been hinted at this point however the reference to ‘mainstream’ may suggest that Fujitsu aims to take on the popular Transformer, Xoom and Galaxy Tab Android tablets. The tablet is set to bolster Fujitsu’s foray into the Android Tablet market signalled by the announcement of the Stylistic M350/CA2.

Second up, slating a September arrival, is the ‘New detachable Performance Slate’ which seems, judging by the pictured detachable keyboard, to be going head-to-head with the Asus Transformer Prime. More interestingly, the performance slate does not make reference to the Operating System it will run. Given that the roadmap shows off both Android and Windows 8 devices, is it possible that we may be looking at one of the first dual-boot, Android Jelly Bean tablets?

Keep tuned in to TalkAndroid as we bring more news on these new devices as the details break.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 accidentally noted?

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Samsung could be planning to launch a 10.1″ Galaxy Note if details on the companies MWC Developer Day invitations are anything to go by. Under the heading ‘EXHIBITION FOR DEVELOPERS’ the Galaxy Note 10.1  is clearly listed alongside the Galaxy Note, Wave 3 and Wave Y.

Debates are now spreading throughout the tech world like wildfire as to whether this is a new product or an unfortunate typo for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Further investigation has unearthed a Samsung casting call looking for teen students to audition for the role of a Galaxy Note 10.1 user. Samsung then stirred up an even bigger frenzy by promptly removing the blog page from its website.

Samsung’s naming and sizing procedure could all become very confusing if the Galaxy Note 10.1 does turn out to be genuine. We could find ourselves faced with a 7.0″ Galaxy Tab which is actually smaller than than 10.1″ Galaxy Note. Could it be that the Unique Selling Point and differentiator for the Galaxy Note series is the inclusion of the S Pen? The only other USP that immediately springs to mind in the Galaxy Note series is the inclusion of cellular radios, maybe Samsung are looking to bring that 80′s look back into fashion!

 

Check out the invitation and let us know your thoughts.

 

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SATA based Android – Convert any laptop with this drop in PCB board

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Android runs on everything! Though, it’s admittedly tougher to run on some things, of which the most common target are PCs. Those of us wanting to experiment in that department have typically found our way to projects like Android x86, which by the way has ICS development builds underway (Yes, I’m one of the experimenters). However, here’s another solution I hadn’t known about until today. It’s so far called “PunkThis” from CUPP Computing. Essentially what we have here is a PCB board attached through either SATA or PCI express. So yeah, stick this thing in your laptop’s hard drive bay and you’ll be running Android. The board is a great improvement over Android x86 in terms of compatibility. Most of the typical phone guts are part of the board, including a 1GHz TI OMAP processor, 512MB of RAM, MicroSD card, and even a WiFi chip. This should pretty much guarantee that any app should run unless its simply too taxing for the allotted processor speed and RAM. As for the rest of what makes a smart phone, the board is able to magically interact with the laptop’s display, keyboard, touch pad, and speakers.

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