ASUS will launch an Intel-powered smartphone in June

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Since ASUS is already working with Intel on the FonePad, it’s no surprise that they could be prepping an Intel-powered smartphone for June. According to DigiTimes, it will sport the Intel Atom Z2580 processor (Clover Trail+), which has a 2GHz dual-core CPU. This one will compete with the Lenovo K900 as it will sport a display around 5 to 5.5-inches.

DigiTimes also mentioned that ASUS would have an updated Nexus 7 tablet for Google I/O, which further confirms what we heard in January.

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ASUS Transformer AiO (all-in-one) to launch in Q2 for a starting price of $1,299

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Do you remember that dual-boot Windows 8/Android beast that ASUS unveiled last June? Well it’s finally going to be released in North America during the second quarter for a starting price of $1,299. Sounds steep, but not when you consider what you’re getting for it.

The Transformer AiO (all-in-one) is the Transformer of all Transformers. It’s essentially a desktop and tablet all-in-one, but to take it one step further, it utilizes Windows 8 and Android 4.1. The 18.4-inch IPS (1920 x 1080) display can be detached from the PC Station to become a full standalone Android Jelly Bean tablet, but when docked to the PC Station it’s a full Windows 8 desktop.

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ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 to receive Android 4.2 update today

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ASUS has always been one of the best manufacturers of Android tablets, but they’re also one of the best  for updates. Today is no exception as the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 will be the first tablet (non Nexus) to get the Android 4.2 update. The best feature of Android 4.2 is multiple user accounts, which allows each user of your TF300 to keep their own settings, apps, and app data.

The update will take place today in the U.S. via over-the-air followed by other regions throughout the month. The TF300 is one of the most successful tablets for ASUS, so it’s not surprising it would be the first to get this update. ASUS won’t stop there as they plan on updating the Transformer Pad Infinity, MeMo Pad Smart 10″, and MeMo Pad to 4.2 during the 2nd quarter. Hit the break for the full presser.

[Update] We believe this is going to be version Android 4.2.1

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More ASUS videos showcase new Fonepad

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Earlier today we saw ASUS release a new promo video for one of their new devices from Mobile World Congress 2013, the ASUS Padfone Infinity. Following on the heels of the Padfone Infinity video, ASUS has released a couple new videos showcasing their new 7-inch tablet, the ASUS Fonepad. While the Padfone Infinity is touted as a two-in-one device, letting the user pick the size for their current need, the Fonepad is a single device aimed at being either a large phone or a small tablet.

One of the videos shows some of the features of the device and provides some background into design decisions. The other video showcases a Chicago tour guide and how he uses the Fonepad to connect to his customers. Check out both videos after the break. » Read the rest

ASUS releases PadFone Infinity promo video

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Earlier today, ASUS revealed their latest PadFone device, the ASUS PadFone Infinity, and now they released a promo video.showcasing it’s attributes. The promo makes note of all the features of the PadFone including the 5-inch full HD display of the phone as well as the 10.1-inch tablet dock. It shows how a veterinarian and designer use the PadFone to be efficient on the go, so check out the video after the break.

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Watch the entire ASUS press conference from MWC featuring the PadFone Infinity and Fonepad

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ASUS had a little presser this morning at Mobile World Congress in which they unveiled the PadFone Infinity and the Fonepad. Now you can watch it in its entirety, and you will not only get to see the PadFone Infinity and Fonepad announcements, but you will also learn about ASUS Open Cloud Computing (AOCC). Total running time is 44 minutes, so if you have some time, check it out after the break.

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ASUS announces the Fonepad, a 7-inch tablet featuring an Intel ATOM processor with 3G data and voice capabilities

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ASUS is keeping busy at Mobile World Congress. They already unveiled the PadFone Infinity and now it’s time for the Fonepad. This one is a 7-inch (1280 x 800) tablet that sports 3G data and voice capabilities. This is the second Android device with a display 7-inches or greater that has voice capabilities. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 was the first one and was announced yesterday.

The other interesting thing about the Fonepad is that it has the Intel ATOM Z2420 processor, which I believe is the first ASUS tablet with Intel inside. As far as the rest of the specs, not much else was mentioned, but we do know that it will have 16GB of internal storage and there will be a microSD slot for the storage hungry crowd.

This one will hit the UK  in the later part of  the 2nd quarter with a suggested price of £179 (inc VAT) or $270. We are also hearing it will land in North America as well. Hit the break for the full presser and be sure to check out our full Mobile World Congress coverage.

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ASUS unveils the PadFone Infinity for the best of both worlds, 5-inch 1080p phone with a full HD tablet dock

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We are yet to see any of the ASUS PadFone devices in the U.S., but it’s already up to its third generation. ASUS just pulled the wraps off of the PadFone Infinity at Mobile World Congress. If you’re not familiar with the PadFone series, it’s a smartphone that slides into a tablet dock giving you the best of both worlds with one data connection. The smartphone part of the PadFone is LTE capable and will sport a 5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display at 441ppi along with a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor.  It also features an Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of storage, microSD slot, 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 lens, 2MP front camera, a 2,400 mAh battery, and Android 4.2. As far as connectivity goes it has EDGE, GPRS, GSM, WCDMA,LTE and DC-HSPA+, as well as WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and GPS.

The tablet dock will feature a 10.1-inch 1080p display.

It will land in Europe in April for a price of £799 / €999 / $1,200. Asia will get it soon after, but no details were specified. Hit the break for the full press release and click here for all the latest MWC news from TalkAndroid.

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ASUS releases overview video for the MeMO Pad Smart 10

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We thought it was going to be called the MeMo Pad 10, but apparently it will be the MeMO Pad Smart 10. ASUS already confirmed the tablet last week, but now they released an overview video. This tab falls in line with the TransformerPad TF300 with a 10-inch IPS display and Tegra 3 processor. It comes with SonicMaster sound technology and a 5MP camera. Other than a pink offering, there’s nothing earth shattering here, but if priced right, it could be a decent 10-inch tablet for a lot of people. Hit the break for the video.

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ASUS to reveal ‘Metallic Miracle’ at Mobile World Congress 2013

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ASUS has released an odd teaser video this morning, depicting what appears to be an alien mothership making its way to Barcelona, Spain in preparation for Mobile World Congress 2013. While no smartphones or tablets are directly identified in the video, ASUS says to join them on Feb. 25,” when Pad and Phone come together,” denoting the possibility of new Padfone hardware at next week’s electronics show. Don’t just take our word for it, you can catch the full video after the break. » Read the rest