Courtesy of @evleaks, we’re getting a good look at the Asus Padfone Mini. It looks fairly similar to the original Asus Padfone, although a bit more refined. The phone piece of the Padfone will sport a 7 inch screen, and the tablet looks like it’s roughly 7 inches. Unfortunately, no word on specs, but we’d heard that the Padfone Mini would have a quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU. We should hear an official announcement from Asus about this phone/tablet hybrid fairly soon.
A new Asus tablet just passed through the halls of the FCC, which is able to dual-boot into both Windows 8 and Android 4.4, much like its previously released Transformer Book Trio.
The tablet currently has three model names, M82T, L82T, and R82T— the difference in the variants are unknown to us at this point. The tablet should pack an Intel Atom Bay Trail CPU, which could be either the Z3740 or the Z3770. The battery is 2910mAh, and internal storage should be offered in both 32GB or 64GB.
Just by looking at it, it seems that it could be a 7-inch display, but screen size and resolution were not mentioned.
A Windows-only variant of the device actually has three model numbers, M80T, L80T, R80T, while an Android-only variant also has three model numbers, M81T, L81T, R81T. Again, differences between Windows-only and Android-only model numbers (separately) are unknown to us at this point.
We could see the tablets at CES, but all other information is relatively hidden as of now.
Looks like Asus is having a big day. The first big new from the tech manufacturer is that they’re readying a wearable device similar to Google Glass and it will be announced at Computex next year, which takes place in Taipei from June 3rd to June 7th in 2014. Unfortunately because of how early this news comes, it means there’s no solid information about the device itself. It seems like everyone else is pursuing glasses and watches, though, so don’t be surprised if we start to hear about either of those from Asus soon.
The second bit of news relates to next year’s inevitable refresh of Google’s flagship 7 inch tablet, the Asus-made Nexus 7. Originally, there was some speculation that Google would pick a different manufacturer for the tablet because Asus was focusing more on their own line of tablets, but according to CEO Jerry Shen, that’s not necessarily the case. The company is still in talks with Google to make that manufacturing partnership happen. It doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see Asus make the next Nexus 7, but it’s clearly a valuable chunk of their business, and I’m sure they’d hate to see it picked up by another manufacturer (although I wouldn’t complain if Google got Sony on board with some of their Nexus devices)
With Google considering moving production to a company besides Asus because they want to focus on their own line of tablets, it really makes you wonder if we’ll ever see another Samsung Nexus tablet with the rumors about the direction they’ll be going in next year.
source: Phone Arena
Asus is one of Google’s closest manufacturing partners, having manufactured both versions of the Nexus 7, but they’ve never released a Chromebook despite pushing hard in the tablet landscape with Android. That’s going to change early next year, according to Asus.
Right now, Asus has a $249 Chromebook on the map to be released in Q1 of 2014. No official specs or anything, but they have announced that it will use Chrome OS and it’ll be competitively priced. On top of that, the company is considering launching another slightly cheaper Chromebook beside it for just $199. Those are two very attractive price points for a full Chromebook with Asus hardware.
Asus CEO Jerry Shen seems to think that Chromebook shipments will make up about 10% of all laptop sales next year, so he obviously wouldn’t want his company to be left out of that slice of market share. I’m sure we’ll hear more about these two new laptops within the next month or so.
source: Focus Taiwan
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ASUS has released a video showing a new product they are preparing to launch, the ASUS Miracast Dongle. Similar to the Google Chromecast, the Miracast Dongle plugs into your television’s HDMI port to deliver content on the big screen. Using an appropriate device, like an ASUS tablet, users then make a wireless connection and configure their device. Unlike the Google Chromecast, ASUS says their Miracast Dongle will enable users to mirror their entire tablet screen to the big screen. At the same time, it appears ASUS has figured out a way to initiate a mirroring session from an app delivering content and then letting the user access other apps on their device while content continues to play. Another difference compared to the Google Chromecast is support for dual-band wireless at both 2.4GHz and 5GHz to help reduce latency in signal delivery. Read more
ASUS makes some of the best keyboard docking stations around, which is pretty clear looking at the success of their Transformer tablets. Their next move is to introduce a Bluetooth keyboard that’s mostly universal for all Android tablets, and they’re calling it the TransKeyboard.
Not only does this keyboard have a fancy name, but it comes with an incredibly unique folding cover. The cover bends and contorts to create a stand for any device, and it’s pretty firmly held in place thanks to some magnets in the folds. It supposedly fits any device up to 10 inches, which should include just about every Android phone and tablet on the market right now. It’s tough to explain, but the video ASUS uploaded to their YouTube channel late last night gives a great demonstration of the device. It’s also completely wireless and comes with a rechargeable battery that fortunately uses a standard MicroUSB plug.
Aside from the minute-long promo video, there’s no word on a release date or pricing. Hopefully ASUS will fill us in soon. In the meantime, check out the video below to see it in action.
Remember the brouhaha back in September when LTE-capable Nexus 7 owners discovered they couldn’t activate their devices on Verizon’s network? Back then Verizon went into full damage control mode and indicated the device was going through the certification process. At the time, it looked like that might be a matter of a few short weeks…if there were no problems. Verizon has now revealed that there were problems and as a result, owners of the Nexus 7 will have to wait at least until KitKat rolls out for the Nexus 7 and can then be certified on the Verizon network. Read more
During IFA 2013, ASUS announced a bunch of new upcoming devices. One of those was a new version of their convertible tablet, which we see in fruition today. The ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T is now available on Amazon, with all the top-of-the-line specs a high-end Android tablet should have. You’ll get an improved screen, processor and battery for $450 with Prime 2-day shipping. You can read the entire specs after the break and purchase your own TF701T via the source link below.
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.
via: The Droid Guy
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