ASUS announced several new devices today in conjunction with IFA 2013. The devices include a couple Fonepad devices in the 6- and 7-inch range, 8- and 10-inch MeMO Pad tablets, and a couple Transformer devices. The Fonepad 7 is a 7-inch tablet with telephony features for folks who might prefer a speaker phone setup, or holding a really big device up to their head. The Fonepad 7 has a 1280×800 LCD display, a 5 MP rear facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, runs Android 4.2 and is powered by an Intel ATOM dual-core processor. Three versions with 8, 16 or 32 GB of storage will be available and a microSD slot is included for expansion. » Read the rest
ASUS gave a presentation in France earlier today to discuss their roadmap for tablet and smartphone devices, including intentions to get into the U.S. market with their smartphone devices. Two slides from the presentation show the breakdown of devices in each class. Common to both smartphones and tablet devices is the MeMO line, with the MeMOFone HD 5 apparently headed to the U.S. market. Other smartphone devices include the PadFone Infinity, PadFone mini, FonePad HD 7 and FonePad Note FHD 6. The last item in that list appears to imply ASUS will be producing a stylus equipped device to compete in that market. » Read the rest
HP has officially launched the HP Slatebook x2 on their web site for U.S. customers. The convertible tablet device is listed as being available in August 2013 with a starting price of $480. The Slatebook x2 is an Android tablet that comes with a detachable keyboard similar to the ASUS Transformer line of devices. The Slatebook x2 is also one of the first devices to hit the market with NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 processor. » Read the rest
Surfacing from a long period of inactivity, the Twitter account @DroidLanding reappeared with activity this afternoon. At this point, the tweets are rather vague, though there are enough hints dropped in to stir the rumors of a new DROID device getting ready to show up on the Verizon network. That seems like a bit of a stretch unless Verizon renames the mysterious Motorola X Phone. Whatever Verizon may have up their sleeve, it looks like it will involve an augmented reality scavenger hunt game based on the latest teaser video to surface.
@DroidLanding‘s initial tweet merely announced the resumption of activity with the lead “Reactivation protocols initiated.” That was followed by another tweet announcing:
“Augmented Reality imaging matrix is online ::: Scavenge mode detected…”
The latest tweet from the account points to a YouTube video that shows footage of Transformer type combat DROIDs. The tweet mentions “wARriors” with the AR capitalized. The video includes “DROID Combat/D:COM” in the title. The last time the AR moniker was used was back in 2011 when the Droid Bionic ARena augmented reality scavenger hunt game was made available. That title was also created by MunkyFun, the developers mentioned in this latest video. Back then, the goal of the app was to win a DROID Bionic.
If Verizon is preparing to unleash a new augmented reality scavenger hunt game, what could the prize be? Hit the break for the video.
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. The biggest news of the week had to be the allegations that the National Security Association has access to carriers and internet companies. It all started with news that they have carte blanche with Verizon’s call logs, but later reports have a secret agency called PRISM that has direct access into companies like Facebook and Google. Google CEO Larry Page denounced being part of or ever hearing of PRISM. Verizon came clean and admitted they will offer the HTC One, but not until “later this summer”. ASUS and Toshiba announced a slew of tablets as part of computex, and HTC’s 5.9-inch phablet will be called the One Max. The new Gmail design finally hit Android devices, and we reviewed some really cool new apps. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
The event that Asus began promoting about a month ago with its series of video trailers is now available to watch in its entirety. Asus made use of the “We Transform” mantra as expected, and unveiled some pretty interesting products including the Transformer Pad Infinity, Fonepad Note, MeMoPad HD7, MeMoPad FHD 10 and Transformer Book Trio. Check out the full video after the break. » Read the rest
Asus has been busy this week announcing two new tablets, a phone and a transforming laptop/tablet that dual-boots Android and Windows. If that wasn’t enough, Asus CEO Jerry Shen took the opportunity to show off an unannounced tablet (called the MeMo Pad FHD 10 LTE) with an LTE radio built in during a Qualcomm keynote. The device, due out sometime in Q3 of this year, will obviously be powered by one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors.
The tablet is almost identical to the MeMo Pad FHD 10, including a full HD display and ditching the Intel Atom processor for a Snapdragon. In his words, “In Q3 of this year, we will raise the bar of mobile devices by launching an incredible LTE tablet, which will have Qualcomm Snapdragon, full HD display and ASUS SonicMaster to bring our consumers the most superior and seamless mobile experience. I will save the rest for our launch event in the fall.”
Unfortunately that is all we know for now, but as usual check back constantly for more news as we get it.
With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!
Tablet computers are no doubt sweet, but you know what’s even sweeter? Devices like the ASUS Transformer Book Trio that happen to run two operating systems at the same time. Yes, you read that right folks— the ASUS Transformer Book Trio is a special tablet that utilizes more than one operating system at the same time. So here’s the quick rundown of this new toy: it’s a tablet that can connect to a special keyboard dock, allowing it to function as a de facto laptop. Once the tablet is connected to the keyboard, all users will need to do is literally push a button and the dual-OS mode is then enabled— otherwise, the standalone tablet will function as your typical run-of-the-mill tablet.
In order to power two OSes at the same time, you have to have some meat on the inside— and ASUS certainly delivers. Right off the bat, the tablet features a Intel Core-i7 4500U processor in order to handle the Windows OS, while the 2GHz Intel Atom Z2580 chip will power the Android OS. Rounding out the device are a sexy IPS display Full HD display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution and up to 64GB storage standard. There’s no word yet on pricing and availability just yet, but expect additional details to be revealed as the device gets closer to hitting store shelves.
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As expected, ASUS is unveiling a number of tablets at Computex. They already announced an updated Transformer Infinity with a 2560 x 1600 display and a Tegra 4, but they also announced the mid-range MeMO Pad FHD 10 (pictured above) and the budget-friendly MeMO Pad HD 7 (pictured below). The FHD 10 is a 10-inch tablet with a Full HD IPS (1920 x 1200) display. It sports a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor, 16 or 32GB of internal memory, microSD slot, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, and 10 hours of battery life playing 720p videos. It comes in at 9.5mm thick and will be available in Royal Blue, Silk White, and Vivid Pink. If you have your eye on this one, unfortunately you won’t be able to buy until it September. Pricing wasn’t specified.
As to the HD 7, this is a slight upgrade from the previous model and is again for the budget-conscious consumer. It comes with a 7-inch IPS HD (1280 x 800) display, an unknown quad-core processor (probably a Tegra 3), 8GB or 16GB of storage, microSD slot, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, and 10 hours of battery life when playing 720p video. You will have your choice of black, white, pink or green for colors. These specs are pretty good when you consider the price. The 8GB version will run $129 and the 16GB will set you back only $149. It will be available internationally starting in July.