Asus PadFone Mini benchmarks show quad-core processor and Android 4.3

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Looks like Asus is planning a Mini version of their PadFone device to compete with the flood of other mini devices on the market lately. Some early benchmarks show a device with a model PadFone T00C, similar to the model of their hybrid PadFone devices that can seamlessly turn into larger tablets with some accessories and attachments.

This PadFone Mini looks like to be a 4-inch device with a 275 PPI screen, which is slightly better than what Samsung’s GS 4 Mini offers. It’s also powered by a quad-core processor that appears to be a Snapdragon 400, so while it’s nothing extremely high end, it looks like it should be a very capable device. It’s also running Android 4.3, so the software side of things is top notch.

Hopefully Asus will make something else official about this PadFone Mini soon, considering they just announced the PadFone Infinity last month.

source: GFXBench

via: The Droid Guy

16 GB Nexus 10 showing out of stock on Google Play


Well, it looks like Google’s flagship 10-inch tablet is out of stock on the Play Store. This isn’t the first time this has happened, but coming on the heels of those new Nexus 10 renders we saw last night, this might be an indicator of a product announcement in the near future. You can still pick up a 32 GB model, but there’s no telling how long that will last.

The Nexus 5 launch is supposedly right around the corner, so it’s very possible that we’ll see a revamped version of the Nexus 10 make its debut alongside it. Unfortunately, there haven’t been too many leaks about the device, but some rumors suggest it will be an ASUS-manufactured tablet as opposed to Samsung. Hopefully Google doesn’t make us wait too long to find out.

source: Play Store

via: Phone Arena

Possible Nexus 10 press render surfaces


There it is. Well, there is what could be the Google Nexus 10. Not much information has come in on the device, but Phone Arena was left with this image by an anonymous tipster. As you can tell, the wallpaper reflects that of the Nexus 5 leak from last week. The rather confusing part are the lack of apparent Android 4.4 Kit Kat changes. The notification bar is not white, and the bottom navigation bar is not transparent like the Nexus 5. ASUS, who manufacturs the Nexus 7, is expected to create the tablet that packs a killer 2560 x 1600 10-inch display. Stay tuned as we’re sure to learn more about the Nexus 10 in the days coming.

Source: Phone Arena

ASUS Nexus 10 nearing a release according to @evleaks


While there has been plenty of information and images of the rumored Nexus 5 trickling out, a successor to last year’s Nexus 10 hasn’t received the same treatment. A few weeks ago, Twitter’s favorite leaker @evleaks confirmed legitimacy when it showed up on a system file in the United Kingdom. So leave it to him to shed some more light on the refreshed device. Earlier today he tweeted out an image (above) that defines clearly who will be manufacturing the device. Also, he said that we are “getting closer…” which he probably means to an announcement. ASUS will be teaming up with Google yet again to create this year’s edition of the Nexus 10.

Google is moving away from Samsung manufacturing the 10-inch tablet. The Korean manufacturer has been releasing a huge amount of tablets and can even be credited, to an extent, with Android’s overthrowing of the iPad in sales for Q2 of 2013. At this time it is unknown what the specifications will be for the ASUS-made Nexus 10.

Source: @evleaks

ASUS tablet shows up at FCC


A new tablet device from ASUS has shown up in an FCC filing with model number TF502T. That model number seems to hint at the device being a member of the ASUS Transformer family of devices. Whatever it is, the tablet will have WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC capabilities and a 6760 mAh battery. Earlier this month ASUS announced several new devices during IFA 2013 that it was getting ready to release, including some MeMO Pad devices and new additions to the Transformer line. However, the announced battery size for the 10-inch MeMO Pad was only 5070 mAh, so the device at the FCC does not seem to be consistent with that. The new high-end Transformer Pad was listed as model number TF701 when announced by ASUS. That seems to leave only the Transformer Book Trio device as a possible option for the ASUS device that was submitted to the FCC.

source: FCC
via: phoneArena

Asus to make the new Nexus 10 tablet, according to rumor


According to a tweet from @Rage06, which was then retweeted by famed leaker @evleaks with a comment saying “seems legit,” the new Nexus 10 will be made by Asus. @Rage06, or Ray, works at  Curry’s PC world in the UK and found a line in the system that suggests that the Nexus 10 will indeed be made by Asus instead of Samsung, the current manufacturer.

This tweet does go against Sunday Pichai’s statement earlier this year that said that Samsung would be the manufacturer. Regardless, hopefully we’ll hear the official details soon enough. With rumors going either way, it sure will be interesting to see the real manufacturer.

Sources: @Rage06, @evleaks

ASUS unveils updated PadFone Infinity in Taipei


The updated PadFone Infinity is official folks. It gets a beefier processor in the Snapdragon 800 and a microSD slot. You will also find a secondary microphone for noise cancellation, a new diamond cut on the metallic backside, and some minor changes to the UI. The camera is the same (13MP and f/2.0 aperture), but there is a new feature called PixelMaster. It combines multiple pixels to form a 3MP image that promises to be sharper.

The phone itself still has the 5-inch 1080p IPS display along with a 2,400mAh battery. If you already own an existing PadFone Infinity tablet dock, you will still be able to use it with this new phone.

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Padfone Infinity launch event invitations sent out by ASUS


ASUS is preparing to launch their Padfone Infinity this week and they recently sent out invitations for their special launch event to be held in Taipei. As we stated previously, the device will be very similar to its predecessor but feature a Snapdragon 800 processor, a microSD slot, and an all-white version will be available. There will be no resolution upgrade for the screen, according to sources.

For those of you who can’t wait to see the new phablet, launch is September 17th.

Check out the promotional video for the device below.

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New Haswell based Chromebooks announced by Google today


Google announced several new Chromebook devices based on Intel Haswell chips are on the way over the next few months. By using the new chips from Intel, the devices will perform faster and consume their batteries at about half the rate of current devices. Manufacturers of the new devices include Acer, HP, ASUS and Toshiba. For potential buyers who have been interested in a ChromeOS running device but put off by the typical small size of existing Chromebooks, one of the new devices is a 14-inch laptop being produced by HP, which should be available in a variety of colors and boasting a 9.5-hour battery life.

Other devices include a new Acer Chromebook in the 11.6-inch range, a Toshiba produced Chromebook that appears to be in the 12- to 13-inch range, and a Chromebox device from ASUS. Google indicates six of the top laptop manufacturers now offer Chromebook devices. More devices are expected in the coming months as Google continues to solidify its position in the sub-$300 segment of the market where Chromebooks account for 20-25% of devices. Google also notes more than 5,000 schools representing 20% of schools districts in the U.S. have deployed Chromebooks to their students, which should establish a solid base of future users who are comfortable with Chromebooks.

Exact availability dates and pricing are not yet available. However, you can sign-up for updates for both the HP and Acer devices.

source: Google Chrome Blog, Chromebook
via: AndroidCentral

ASUS set to launch Padfone Infinity on September 17th


ASUS is ready to launch its new Padfone Infinity smartphone/tablet device, the successor to the A80, next Tuesday during a launch event to be held in Taipei. As we previously reported, the new model is not expected to be much different from the existing version, but it will reportedly get a Snapdragon 800 processor to help keep it snappy. Reports also indicate the device will get a microSD slot and will come in an all-white version.

Check out a (really) short video ASUS released to help tease the event after the break.
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