ASUS revealed a new device today at Computex 2013 intended to compete in the market for phablet devices that come with their own stylus. The gorilla in the market space is the Samsung line of Galaxy Note devices. To compete, ASUS is releasing the ASUS FonePad Note with a 6-inch display backed by a 1.6GHz dual-core Atom Z2560 processor. The screen will be capable of running full HD at 1080p using a Super IPS+ display. The device will not be LTE-capable, but will support DC-HSPA+.
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.
The original Transformer Pad Infinity was one hell of a tablet when it was introduced with the blazing fast Tegra 3 chip running the show, but ASUS felt that Computex 2013 was time to introduce a new variant of the device with updated specs. Right off the bat is the inclusion of NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processsor and its 72 GPU cores to help provide some insane graphics. And speaking of which— ASUS has upped the IPS display by including a resolution of 2,500 x 1,600, placing it in direct competition with other premium tablets like the Nexus 10. Rounding out the improvements are a redesigned keyboard dock with a multi-touch touchpad, USB 3.0 and an SDXC card reader.
No word on pricing or the release date just yet, but we’re hopeful that the tablet won’t be too unreasonably priced and will have a release date within the next few months or so.
Earlier this month we mentioned that Asus would be releasing a successor to its 7-inch Memo Pad Android tablet, and now it seems as though it will launch at Computex 2013 next week. Reportedly called the Memo Pad HD, the device will feature a 7-inch IPS display with 1280 by 720 pixels, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 1GB of RAM, a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, and 16GB of internal memory. It’s rumored that the tablet will be on sale for $169, slightly higher priced than its predecessor, which was priced at $149 when it hit the market. Still, it’s an extremely affordable tablet with some pretty solid specs.
Earlier this month ASUS released a teaser video in preparation for Computex 2013 making use of the tagline “We Transform.” The company is at it again, this time releasing just a picture, seen above. There is a bit too much room for speculation here as this could be pretty much anything, ranging from a tablet, phone, both, or something entirely different. Only time will tell. Check back for updates as Computex 2013 approaches. Be sure to drop your predictions below in the comments.
Well look what the cat dragged in. A Nexus 7 with Android 4.3 onboard just showed up at the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) website. This means it was just certified. Actually it was certified on May 27th, but what is unusual is the model number. It shows as ME307T, which is the same model number as the original Nexus 7. We all know that a new and improved Nexus 7 is on the way, but I would think that it would have a different model number. As to the version of Android, you will notice the Software Version Number is JWR11, which is assumed to be Android 4.3.
I am not a Bluetooth certification expert, but I highly doubt ASUS would need to re-certify the original Nexus 7 for just Android 4.3, so there has to be newer hardware. Since this information is actually available on the Bluetooth SIG website, we know it can’t be fake. Whatever it is, it’s just one more piece of evidence that we are going to see a new Nexus 7 very soon.
source: Bluetooth SIG
We know that Google’s second-generation Nexus 7 tablet is on the way, but not much about the device is known— especially since we didn’t see much of a tease at Google I/O this year. Fortunately, it appears that we’re finally getting some long-awaited information about the venerable device as news has surfaced that it’ll not only arrive this summer with high expectations, but it will come with a brand-new display unit. According to the hit-or-miss Digitimes, Google and ASUS are turning to AU Optronics (AUO) to develop a 7-inch, low-temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) panel at a 1,900 x 1,200 resolution. Also reaffirming what we’ve previously heard, shipments are expected to begin as early as Q2 and the tablet is expected to see the 8 million unit mark, which should more than certainly help Google keep eating away at that tablet market share.
ASUS has already announced the successor to their Fonepad model, which was confirmed to feature a better processor and extra storage. The new phone will ship with an Intel Atom Z2460 chip running at 1.6GHz and a whopping 32GB of build-in storage. It seems as though nothing else has been changed, which means the device will come with a 7-inch 1280 by 800 pixel IPS display, 1GB of RAM, a 3MP main camera, and a microSD slot for additional storage space.
Obviously the key feature of the Fonepad is the 3G radio built-in, allowing this tablet to make phone calls and browse the web without relying on WiFi. The phone has been confirmed to launch in Taiwan for the equivalent of $300 USD, which isn’t too bad when comparing it to the original ASUS Fonepad. There is no news about other markets the phone will be launched in, if any. We’ll update you when any news breaks.
As Computex 2013 approaches, ASUS prepares to make a pretty big splash at the trade show. The company recently released a teaser video showing their newest, sleekest innovations and how they impact daily life. Using the tagline, “We Transform,” ASUS hopes to attract plenty of attention at Computex this year. On ASUS’ site for the event there are spaces for other future videos and we’ll be sure to keep you updated when they add anything new.
Check out the video after the break.