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.
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.
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.
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 more
We had seen images and pricing leaked earlier this month but today ASUS delivered the official announcement for the MemoPad 10. The announcement came at Thailand Mobile Expo, well ahead of Mobile World Congress, where many had expected the announcement. Spec-wise, the 9mm-thick tablet doesn’t break new ground. It has a 1.2 GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 10.1-inch WXGA display, 16 GB internal storage and a handy microSD slot. The MemoPad 10 has a 5 MP rear-facing camera, a 1.2 MP front-facing camera and will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It will come in your choice of white, blue or pink for about $360.
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ASUS has had no problems hitting cheap price points on their tablets without sacrificing specs. They recently launched the MeMO Pad, and at $149, it’s an extremely high quality tablet. The latest reports that are coming in say that they may try to get just a little cheaper by offering a 7 inch tablet powered by Intel’s Atom Z2420 dual-core CPU. The tablet is also rumored to pack 1 GB of RAM, a 1280 x 800 screen, and a 4720 mAh battery. If they can stuff all that into a package that costs around $100, there’s no doubt they’ll move a ton of them. It would also be a great boost for Intel, who hasn’t had too much luck getting any serious market penetration yet. Hopefully we’ll see this one (or at least some more details) within the next few months.
Just last month ASUS announced the 7-inch MeMO Pad, which isn’t a bad little device for $149. What’s so special about it? Well other than the price, not too much. It will feature a 7-inch (1024 x 600) display, 1GHz CPU, Mali-400 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of storage, microSD slot, 1MP front camera, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Probably the biggest negative, other than the display, is the battery life which is only 7 hours.
If you find yourself clamoring for one, ASUS put together a short video highlighting the features of it such has the amazing ability to take notes with just your finger. Yes that was sarcasm. As to the video itself, unfortunately you get still images of the tab instead of pure video. Hit the break to see what all the fuss is about!!
ASUS’ rumored MemoPad 10 has been revealed today in a set of leaked press photos, outing the as-of-yet unannounced tablet. According to recent leaks, the MemoPad 10 is expected to feature a 10.1-inch 1,280 x 800 IPS LCD panel, a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU and 1GB of RAM. Also included is 16GB of on board storage, a MicroSD slot for further memory expansion, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.2-megapixel font facing shooter. Read more
It’s funny, just yesterday I was wondering what Google will do with the Nexus 7 at Google I/O. I automatically thought they would probably step up to a full 1080p HD display, but wasn’t sure about the rest. Well word is they will definitely add a 1080p display to the second generation 7-incher. The other rumor is that it will probably be thinner with a more industrial design. No word on the internals, but since ASUS will be doing this year’s Nexus 7 again, I am thinking we might see the Tegra 4. My other prediction is that we will see last year’s version get a price drop to $149 for 16GB and $199 for 32GB. It’s still a very formidable tablet for most people.
As to the version of Android, the sources tell us it will still be Jelly Bean. I am certainly expecting a bigger software bump to Key Lime Pie, but then again, Google could wait until the fall to launch the next big version. That would certainly be a disappointment, but I guess we will just have to wait and see.
ASUS just introduced a low priced ($149) Jelly Bean tablet, the MeMo Pad 7. And now a German tech site, TechHive, has uncovered a YouTube video showing a pretty snappy 10-inch version. The video refers to the tablet as the ASUS MeMo Pad 10 Smart. It doesn’t show much in terms of specs but it seems to be running a skinned version of Jelly Bean. If this video is legit, we’ll more than likely see ASUS present it next month at Mobile World Congress.
Check out the video after the break