We had a chance to see the ASUS Qube in action back in January at CES, but we have no idea why it wasn’t released yet. We were told that it would be available in February/March for a price of $129. We aren’t sure what the holdup was, but those of you that are waiting for this one will be happy to know that it will be available starting April 23rd for the same price. Unfortunately we don’t know if this is a global release date or if it’s for one region.
The ASUS Qube is a Google TV device that is not only shaped like a cube, but the interface is cube-like. It’s actually a departure from what ASUS has been doing in that they really haven’t change the Android UI all that much as far as their tablets. For whatever reason, they decided to change things up with their first Google TV offering. It also costs a little more than other recent offerings from VIZIO and Hisense. Check out our hands on from CES and let us know if the Qube will be the one that finally gets you onboard with Google TV.
ASUS created much buzz with the announcement of its FonePad smartphone/tablet hybrid, but has created tons of mystery about its launch date and pricing for prospective customers since then. Fortunately, it has finally come out and given us all the launch details we have been eagerly waiting for. The manufacturer has confirmed the FonePad will come in at £179.99 (about $276 USD). Additionally, the device will be available for pre-order at retailers like Carphone Warehouse, Amazon and Sainsbury’s from April 12, with stock due to arrive on April 26.
We’ll give more information as we hear anything.
If you’ve been looking for a tablet to fit into a low budget, ASUS has an answer for you. The MeMo Pad, a 7 inch Jelly Bean powered tablet that’s similar to the Nexus 7, was announced in January, and you can finally get your hands on one for just $149. It only has a 1,024 x 600 display and 1 GHz single-core processor, but hey, it’s cheap. It won’t beat the Nexus 7 anywhere in specs, aside from the micro SD card slot, but it does beat the Nexus 7 in price. And you can even get it in four different colors, which is a plus for some customers.
source: The Verge
It’s been a good day for Android updates, and ASUS is joining the club with a Facebook announcement for their Transformer Pad Infinity. The powerful tablet will be updated to Android 4.2 over the air starting today. ASUS does a pretty good job of keeping their devices updated, and this just keeps up that trend.
The update includes all the 4.2 goodies we’ve grown to love, including lock screen widgets and multi-user support, so definitely keep checking to see when you’ll be able to download the update. You definitely won’t want to skip this one.
Remember how we told you about Google’s possible intentions to use a Snapdragon-based processor instead of a Tegra-powered chip for its next-gen Nexus 7 tablet? Well Digitimes is reporting that the next tablet will utilize Qualcomm’s technology according to sources from the upstream supply chain. The reasoning, you ask? Well, Google seems to be headed in the direction of showcasing an LTE-based variation of the tablet, which Qualcomm chips seem to fare well with compared to that of the Tegra chips. Of course NVIDIA did announce its Tegra 4i chip— which is certainly LTE-friendly, but NVIDIA does have some production delays to deal with until at least mid-summer and the new Nexus 7 tablet is expected to be unveiled in May— so using a Snapdragon processor seems to be a natural fit for the new tablet.
Of course this is all speculation until we see something a bit more concrete, but it’s looking more and more like we will see yet another Qualcomm-based device out there… not that anyone’s complaining and all.
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.
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.
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
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 more
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.