The back to school shopping season gave tablets a pretty solid boost in the third quarter of the year helping manufacturers to ship 53.8 million tablets over those three months. Tablets still seem as if they have more room for growth than smartphones do in an overly saturated market, although smartphones are still an extremely valuable commodity.
Year-over-year, those 53 million tablets helped market share for the devices grow about 11.5% from last year. Compared to the second quarter of 2014, tablets also saw an 11.2% sequential growth.
ASUS has officially launched a new 10-inch tablet device carrying a $199 price tag. The ASUS MeMO Pad 10 is on the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to hardware. The device has a 10.1-inch display running at 1280 x 800 resolution, yielding 149ppi. Powering that display is a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor with a 1.5GHz gpu and 1GB of RAM.
ASUS, AT&T, and Intel sent out a presser this morning letting us know that the PadFone X will be available on AT&T GoPhone for $199. That means no contract or commitments.
The PadFone X mini features a 4.5-inch IPS+ 854 x 480 display, a 1.6 GHz 2×2 Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to an additional 64 GB of extra storage, 5 MP rear camera, 1 MP front-facing camera, an Intell XMM 7160 LTE modem, and Android 4.4 KitKat.
When the phone is docked, you get a 7-inch tablet experience utilizing the 7-inch IPS+ 1280 x 800 display. The phone itself has a 2060 mAh battery and the tablet dock sports 2200 mAh.
We have the full presser after the break.
The ASUS ZenWatch is already up for pre-order in the UK through Expansys, but we don’t have an official word on when it will be available. The latest rumor has it pegged for sometime in November for the Taiwanese market, but more importantly, it will be very limited.
Nothing was mentioned about other regions, but with it being so limited, one has to wonder if we will see it offered in other areas until December.
The latest and greatest Android Wear smartwatches from ASUS, LG, and Sony are now available for pre-order in the UK through Expansys.
The ASUS ZenWatch, which is supposed to be pretty limited, is going for £159.99 ($257). If you want to spend a little more, you can grab the Sony SmartWatch 3 for £189.99 ($305) or you can get the best of best, the fully round LG G Watch R for £219.99 ($353).
According to a report published by DigiTimes this weekend, ASUS is currently in the process of developing its largest ever smartphone, a 5.5-inch Zenfone, which is expected to be unveiled at the annual CES conference in January, 2015.
A new benchmark published recently reveals that an Android TV device bearing the Nexus name is a possibility. The image above, from GFXBench, shows an ASUS device with a quad-core processor from Intel with 1GB of RAM and 6GB of internal storage. The name attached is ASUS Nexus Player.
Asus is no stranger to stylish tablets, and the upcoming MeMO Pad 7 is no exception. Borrowing inspiration from clutch bags, the MeMO Pad 7 features a sleek, premium construction consisting of 50% duralumin and 34% fiberglass, which results in a weight of only 269g and a body that is only 8.3mm thick. The front of the device flaunts a 7-inch, 1080p IPS display. Hit the break for a video of the device being shown off from many angles.
As expected, ASUS took the wraps off of the the ZenWatch today. It’s An Android Wear watch that centers around security, remote control, and wellness.
Although Android Wear is the main software, ASUS does bring some of its ZenUI and a few applications to the table. Watch Unlock allows you to unlock your phone or tablet by touching the watch’s face. Tap Tap lets you pick an app that will open automatically when you double tap on the watch. You will also find a wellness manager for tracking your step count, heart rate, and relaxation levels. It even offers tips to help you achieve certain goals. Finally, there is also Cover to Mute, Find My Phone, Remote Camera, and Presentation Control. To use all of these features you will need a ZenWatch Manager app on your phone (or tablet) along with a Remote Camera app, and the ASUS Remote Link app.
Asus CEO Jerry Shen recently spoke at a media briefing in advance of this week’s IFA 2014 trade show and revealed the company’s upcoming smartwatch device, the ZenWatch, would sell for less than $199. Shen also indicated the device will come with voice recognition for English speakers when initially launched in October. Chinese voice recognition will come later, hopefully before the end of the year.
Shen also revealed the ZenWatch would be capable of working alone or paired with an Android smartphone. He said pairing the device with a smartphone would enable additional functionality, but did not elaborate. Shen also revealed the device would come in one size only.
source: Focus Taiwan