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.
Another day, another privacy scandal… This time Facebook is in hot water as some news about its possible reading of user SMS messages has surfaced. According to the Sunday Times newspaper out of London, Facebook “admitted” to “reading text messages” in trials and preparations to launch its own message service. The main allegations include:
- – Data — including the user’s location, the phone numbers of contacts and their Internet history — are often accessed via apps and in some cases transmitted to “third party” companies including advertisers.
- – Some companies can remotely control features on smartphones, including cameras, on which they can take pictures and video at any time.
- – Downloading some basic apps leaves people vulnerable to a torrent of spam and invasive advertising. Read more
Today, Huawei announced the Huawei MediPad 10 FHD at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The MediPad 10 FHD has a 10-inch IPS display that has a resolution of 1920 x 1200, and is the second 10-inch tablet to sport a quad-core chip. The processor is actually made by Huawei and it clocks in at 1.5GHz and the device also comes equipped running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the gate. Some other respectable specs include; 2GB of RAM, HSPA+ 21/42/84Mbps and LTE support, 8MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front camera, and Dolby surround sound for the dual speakers. It also measures in at only 8.8mm thin and weighs 598g.
Some reports are saying that Huawei is touting this device as the first dual-core tablet, and if that’s true, we all know they would be wrong because they now are in direct competition with the quad-core ASUS Transformer Prime. When you compare specs between the two devices, it looks like the MediPad 10 FHD might actually have a leg up on the current Android tablet front runner. Either way you look at it , the MediaPad 10 FHD is definitely a vast improvement over their most recent tablet, the Huawei Springboard. Maybe Huawei is actually going to be a strong contender moving forward. Full press release after the break. Read more
Asus had a busy morning in Barcelona as they unveiled the new and improved Padfone and the Transformer Pad Infinity Series, but they also showed us the Transformer Pad 300 Series. Remember the TF300T that was caught on camera and also showed up with NenaMark2 test results? This is it. It will feature a 10.1-inch (1200 x 800) IPS display, a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 8MP (with F2.2 aperture) rear camera, and a 1.2MP front camera. They will offer both WiFi-only and 4G LTE versions with your choice of red, white, or blue.
This will bascially be a cheaper version of the Transformer Prime. It will come with less storage (16GB) and the back is all plastic. Also the display is an IPS display, not a Super IPS+ display. They will still offer the keyboard dock, but battery life with the dock is a little less, 15 hours as opposed to 18 hours. Pricing and availability wasn’t announced yet, but I would expect the WiFi version to come in around $350 to $399, which would make it very popular among the masses.
Full press release after the break:
We knew the Padfone was on its way to MWC, but ASUS has finally unveiled its new jewel of a smartphone to the masses. That means that sexy smartphone (and “tablet” accessory) is officially on its way. Some of the noteworthy features of the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered device includes:
Of course the specs are sexy and all, but you all are waiting for the really interesting aspects of the device, right? In case you’ve forgotten, you have the ability to turn this svelte phone into a tablet, thanks to a handy (optional) accessory— a dock which allows you to turn the device into a tablet. The optional tablet dock will not only allow you to view your content on a bigger screen, but you will also find some extended battery life. Among the other coveted accessories that will be a available will be a keyboard and wait for it— a stylus headset which performs double-duty as a stylus and you guessed it— a headset.
The phone is set to arrive in April, but ASUS stops there. There is no additional word on which countries/markets it will launch first nor do we know how much the phone and its accessories will run for, though it’s probably going to cost you a pretty penny. You now know the phone is on its way and you’ve seen the specs, now why don’t you hit the break to see the full press release from ASUS? This will be able to hold you over in the meantime.
Today ASUS announced they will rebrand their tablet line using “Transformer Pad” moving forward, which should simplify things. Additionally they showed off the Infinity Series which seems to be another rebranding.
Do you remember the TF700T we showed you at CES in January? It’s basically the same tablet as the Transformer Prime, but with a 1080p (1920 x 1080) display. This will now be part of the Infinity Series, but they also unveiled a 4G LTE version of the same tab. There happens to be something else that is drastically different about this pad and it’s the fact that it comes with a Qualcomm MSM 8960 Snapdragon S4 CPU. The obvious reason for the change is the fact that the Tegra 3 chip just doesn’t seem to jive well with LTE. Don’t panic because the WiFi version will still have the Tegra 3 chip. They also plan on offering a 16GB version which wasn’t previously announced at CES.
Full press release after the break:
We already knew we were going to see the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 after we saw the huge billboard in Barcelona yesterday, but now we have the official announcement and device specs. Not to be confused with the Galaxy Tab 2, the Galaxy Note 10.1 provides more of a desktop experience and allows for ‘multiscreen’ use, having more than one app open at the same time. That means you can be watching a video or reading an email all the while simultaneously taking notes or browsing the web. The Galaxy Note 10.1 differs from the Galaxy Tab in that it comes with an included S Pen (specialized stylus), as seen with the the smaller Galaxy Note smartphone.
The 10.1 Note sports a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, has 1GB of RAM, runs ICS with the Touchwiz overlay, a 3MP rear camera and a 2MP front shooter. The device comes equipped HSPA+ connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and Glonass features. The display measures 10.1-inches diagonally, has a resolution of 1280 x 800, and looks to be flanked by front facing speakers on the left and right sides. There will be 32 and 64GB variations, both of which come complete with a microSD card slot for up to an additional 32GB of storage.
Some of the software included with the 10-inch Note are Adobe Photoshop Touch, Adobe Ideas, S-Note, Shape Match and Formula Match (for digitizing images and mathematical formulae), along with the usual Android suspects. Pricing and availability are still unknown at this time but we will let you know as soon as we hear more. Jump past the break for the full press release. Read more
We already heard some rumored specs on the ViewPad G70, but today Viewsonic unveiled it along with the ViewPad E70 and ViewPad E100.
Let’s start with the ViewPad E70 (pictured above) which is an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet that comes in at a very reasonable price of £129 ($205). It will have a 7-inch display, a 1 GHz processor, 4GB of storage, a front-facing camera (only), WiFi, and a microSD slot. It will be available in Europe by the end of June.
Next up is the ViewPad G70 (pictured below) which is also a 7-inch (1024 x 600) tablet with Android 4.0, but includes 1GB of RAM, 2MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera, and connectivity for 3G, WiFi, and Bluetooth. It will also feature mini HDMI, Micro-USB, and Mini-USB ports. The ViewPad G70 will be priced at £260 ($410) and again will become available by the end of June in Europe.
The rumor mill need no longer churn, the 10.1 is here and will be debuted at Mobile World Congress. It’s only a matter of time. This billboard was setup sometime either over night or early this morning at Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona.
What does the picture tell us?
- Well, it’s obviously 10.1″
- Like the smaller (or perhaps, less huge) Note, the 10.1 also has the special S-Pen. However, it looks different than the one pictured with the original Note.
- The photo is a bit too blurry to discern whether its running Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich, but it’s hard to imagine they would unveil it without the latter.
- Those brown and gold accents don’t lie. TouchWiz is most definitely on board.
Nothing to share yet in terms of specifications, but the official announcement can’t be long now. Stay tuned.
Samsung just officially announced the Galaxy Tab 2, which will come in both 7-inch (pictured below)and 10.1-inch (pictured above) versions. We already got a glimpse of the 7-inch version a couple of weeks ago, but weren’t certain about the 10.1-inch version. They will both come in 3G and WiFi versions and have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich along with TouchWiz on top. As far as thickness goes, the 7-inch will be 10.5mm thick and the 10.1-inch will come in at 9.7mm.
The specs aren’t the greatest, but expect both tabs to be priced very competitively. Speaking of pricing, it wasn’t mentioned in the presser, nor was availability. We will let you know more as soon as we hear anything.
Specs, another image, and full press release after the break.