Asus debunks rumour on £700 price tag for Padfone

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!


Test Photo Outs Low-End HTC Golf

Just in case you haven’t gotten enough news about new HTC handsets recently, we have another one to add to the list. Unlike the higher end One series phones that were just announced at MWC, this leaked device is more of the budget friendly caliber. A leaked test photo has surfaced, outing the phone codenamed the HTC Golf. According to the test specs and Pocket Now, the Golf has a measly 3MP camera, a 3.5-inch display, single-core processor and 512MB of RAM. Supposedly the device only has 4GB of on-board storage (also with microSD slot) but will come in a plethora of colors. This will obviously be HTC’s attempt to grab a foothold on the entry level Android market, as the One series should round out the top-end. The Golf is believed to arrive late in the 2nd quarter and pricing has yet to be determined (with those specs I would imagine damn-near free). We’ll keep you posted.

source: Pocket Now



Hands-On Time And New Trailer Videos With New Angry Birds Space Game

If you’re lucky enough to own one of those sexy Samsung Galaxy Note phablets, you’re about to experience yet more exclusives that the rest of us normal folk won’t. Of course you all remember how Sammy announced a special collaboration with Rovio— aka the makers of Angry Birds— to bring a special edition of the upcoming Angry Birds Space game to the Galaxy Note. If you recall, the special edition of the game was to bring an exclusive level designed specifically for the Galaxy Note and its awesome stylus pen. We’d heard about the special level, but were longing to see how the new level was designed and more importantly— how it played. Hit past the break to see some hands-on time with not only the actual gameplay on the Galaxy Note, but also a brand new cutesy, yet awesome character called Lazer Bird.
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LG Optimus L7 on its way to Rogers

The dust is still settling over in Barcelona after the Android-fest that was Mobile World Congress 2012. We saw devices of all shapes and sizes and covering a mass range of budgets, so inevitably one or two devices have flown quietly under the radar. One such device is the ICS toting, LG Optimus L7 which is now winging its way over to Canada by way of Rogers Wireless. Canadian mobile website, mobilesyrup has received a tip suggesting that the device is set to join Rogers “Smartphone Lite” budget phone line-up.

As a quick reminder, the Optimus L7 is a mid-range, Android 4.0 ICS phone with a 4.3″, 480 x 800 display, 1 GHz single-core processor and a 5MP, LED equipped camera. There’s no word on price or launch date just yet however we’ll be sure to update you as soon as there is.


source : mobilesyrup

Samsung Galaxy S III (AT&T) Pre-Order – Real or Fake?

The most anticipated phone so far this year is probably the Samsung Galaxy S III. The spec and release date rumors are numerous. We were expecting it at MWC in Barcelona, but Samsung said to expect an announcement at a separate event in the first half of the year, and to follow their Twitter account for news.

Since Samsung has been mum on the details of the follow up to the very successful Galaxy S II, sites that are already advertising pre-orders for the device make us wonder. Are the pre-orders real?

The latest advertises the “Samsung GT-I9300 Galaxy S III (3G 850/1900MHz AT&T) Black Unlocked Import”  for $799. Check out this screenshot:

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It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s SuperSU!

The devs over at XDA are always up to something… and it’s usually something good. Developer Chainfire decided to take the most basic of root access management tools, Superuser (SU), and make it, well… truly super.

If you have rooted your device, you have access to apps that require superuser permissions, and the typical SU gets the job done. But SuperSU adds more functionality, including per-app notifications and temporary unroot.

SuperSU is now available in the Play Store in two flavors, free and pro. Check out the full feature list after the break for the differences.

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Huawei MediaPad S7-301c Gets Bluetooth Certified

Huawei, everyone’s favorite come-from-nowhere Chinese manufacturer, recently unveiled their quad-core MediaPad 10 FHD ICS super tablet. They’ve been getting major geek-cred recently with their many device releases this year. Now it seems a much more conservative mid-level 7-inch tablet, code-named the MediaPad S7-301c, is getting Bluetooth certified.

According to the Bluetooth certification documents, the tablet will feature CDMA2000 1X/EVDO support, 3G voice and data, Wi-Fi, and will disappointingly run Android 3.2 Honeycomb at launch. We can safely assume Huawei will most likely upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich soon after release.

Besides that, no other information is known about this 7-incher, though it seems it will be fairly stylish, according to the Bluetooth filing:

The HUAWEI MediaPad (MediaPad for short) is a new model of touchscreen information terminal from Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. The MediaPad supports 3G voice and data services and provides rich applications and experiences using Android 3.2, an operating system dedicated to tablet computers. It also delivers you convenient and high-quality network and multimedia services, making life better in work or at play.With a full touchscreen and an ultra-thin design, the technically advanced MediaPad has an original, elegant, and stylish appearance.

The Huawei MediaPad S7-301c will be released worldwide, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. No word yet on when that will be, or how much it will cost.

source: bluetooth sig
via: androinica



Deal Alert: Get the Original Asus Transformer (Refurbished) and Keyboard Dock for $329.99 at Newegg

You can’t be a good deal. Well you can when you make it one hell of a deal. The folks at Newegg are doing so by having a sale right now where you can get a refurbished Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) and Keyboard dock for the steal of a price of $329.99. Normally you’re looking at getting this combination for around $500+ brand new. As you all know when you get the device you’ll get a chance to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich and depending on when you get it Asus should have the kinks worked out. I recommend jumping on this deal for this amazing tablet and dock as it’s surely to sell out quickly. Hit the source below to get in on this amazing deal.

source: Newegg

Google Recreates Four Classic Ad Campaigns in a New Project

I don’t know about you guys but I love remakes. Movies, TV shows, Cell phones, I like the idea of taking a once popular idea and modernizing it. Some may claim that this is a lack of creativity but I disagree. Why not bring back an ad campaign that worked before? Well Google is looking to do something similar as they plan on announcing a project that looks to recreate four classic ad campaigns. The announcement will be made at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas. The ads that look to be created include:

However rather than just recreate them Google plans on modernizing them by adding Gmail, YouTube, Maps, and Translate into the mix. Each campaign will have interactive features. For example, the Volvo ad that allows you to track Irv Gordon, the Volvo owner who put 3 million miles in the past 50 years on his Volvo in real-time.  You can hit the break below to check out a few of the making of videos and you can check out all the campaigns at Google’s Project Re:Brief site. Like I said, I’m a fan of this idea, what about you guys?
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Intel’s Medfield Fairs Well in Benchmark Tests

Intel has recently been talking a lot about its Medfield platform, the Atom Z2460 processor, and the Orange “Santa Clara”, a European phone that will feature the Intel chipset. Cascheys Blog has run some benchmark tests on the Santa Clara, and while the processor is only single-core, it bested several other devices.

One benchmark test that was run, the “Vellamo”, was created by Qualcomm and will test eleven areas to gauge a mobile browser’s performance. The results from each area are combined into one score, which can be compared between devices. As you can tell from the photo above, the Santa Clara beat lots of other devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Its Javascript score was one of the strongest in the group, matched only by the ASUS Transformer Prime.

The other benchmark test that was used was the Rightware test. This benchmark test looks at phone’s ability to render Javascript and HTML. This time, the Santa Clara beat out the iPhone 4S.

I’m sure that Intel would readily agree with these results, as they’ve been talking nonstop about the greatness and improved power consumption of Medfield-powered devices. We do have to remember, though, that benchmarks aren’t everything, and ultimately the overall user experience is the most important thing.

source: Caschys Blog
via: Android Central