ASUS Padfone 2 images surface ahead of October 16th announcement

We’ve already received our invitation from ASUS to attend its October 16th event where it’s expected that the company will finally unveil the successor to this year’s wildly versatile Padfone. While the phone/tablet-hybrid’s rumored specs have already leaked, today actual photos of the elusive device have emerged, revealing its reenvisioned design.

Though the entirely new package falls in line with the original Padfone’s unique form factor, it seems as though ASUS has really spent some quality R&D time on the new iteration. Both the handset and tablet appear to have been crafted with top-notch build quality (which ASUS has been notorious for over the past year), though this is something that can’t obviously be confirmed until we get a chance to play with the device. Pricing and availability remain a mystery, but you can jump past the break to catch some additional photos. Read more

32GB Nexus 7 appears on yet another retail site

By now, the 32GB Nexus 7 shouldn’t be a huge surprise. However, the more retail sites that we see this nice little device show up on the better. This time the device is popping up as a registration page on the Spanish version of UK the based Carphone Warehouse called Phone House. All signs are definitely pointing toward the 32GB version of the hot Nexus 7 making its way around the globe. What’s a little bit of a mystery is the price. Some think the 32GB version will replace the 16GB one in price, but the price shown in the picture is 30 Euros higher than the 16GB version. This is at least the third different price that we’ve come across. Hopefully we’ll find out soon enough. Or you could get lucky and order the 16GB version and Google will send you a 32GB model like that one guy. 

source:  Phone House

GFC approves ASUS Padfone 2 with LTE

ASUS fans have been eagerly awaiting October 16th to roll around as ASUS is scheduled to unveil the new Padfone 2 device. Originally thought to be on target for a 2013 release, the “Save the Date” announcement from ASUS was a pleasant surprise for those hoping the Padfone 2 will live up to the hype left by the original version. We have already seen the new device will have a quad-core processor based on AnTuTu benchmark scores. A leaked photo thought to be the device seemed to reveal some additional specs.

At least one of those specs, LTE capability, appears to be confirmed after the Padfone 2 showed up on the Global Certification Forum web site. U.S. buyers will be disappointed as the LTE bands listed correspond to Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Good news for consumers is those areas, although a U.S. LTE version is probably close behind.

source: GFC
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ASUS releases official Jelly Bean ROMs for Transformer Prime and Infinity

When the Transformer Prime launched, it was the first tablet to ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and now it’s one of the first devices to receive Jelly Bean along with the Transformer Pad Infinity.

If you are one of the many folks who regularly modify your device with ROM’s and tweaks by unlocking the bootloader, you probably noticed that you did not receive the OTA update. However, ASUS brings good news as the company released the full official Jelly Bean ROMs on the their website.

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ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity Jelly Bean update delayed, should arrive ‘early next week’

Owners of the ASUS Transformer Prime are already enjoying the sweet taste of Jelly Bean, but a new development has caused the update for the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity to be delayed. In a forum post on XDA-Developers, ASUS Technical Marketing Manager Gary Key explained that the company had run into a few technical problems with the keyboard when accessing the recently updated Facebook application.

“For those users in the US and Canada, the Release should be available early next week. A couple of applications that were recently updated (Facebook 1.9.10 on 9/20 as one example) required a last minute firmware update for the keyboard to operate correctly in the “Comment” area with Android 4.1. Sorry about the slight delay but this fix needed to be implemented before release.”

As usual, ASUS has provided its user base with insight, complete with a legitimate reason and a new time frame. So, while we may have to wait a few extra days, at least we know the company will be rolling out fully-functioning firmware.

Source: XDA-Developers

ASUS and Google could be prepping a modified version of the Nexus 7 priced at $99

DigiTimes is at it again. I do have to say that that they are right some of the time so this is worth throwing into the rumor mill. They claim that ASUS and Google are working on improving the Nexus 7, and by the end of the year they will release two refreshed versions. They will both be thinner, but the most interesting part of it is the fact that one of the models will cost just $99. At this point ASUS has denied the report so we really need to take this with a grain of salt.

They didn’t offer any other information other than these tabs will use TN panels made by HannStar Display. I guess none of this is shocking, but I will be a little surprised if it comes true. With Amazon dropping their basic Kindle Fire to $159 and the impending iPad Mini, Google wants to keep the momentum going. I’m not sure two newer versions of the Nexus 7 is all that great of any idea though. To me, it makes more sense to come out with the one cheaper version and then maybe a Nexus 10 priced at $299. I guess we will all just have to stay tuned and wait for the next piece of information to leak.

source: DigiTimes


ASUS reveals changelog for Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity Jelly Bean updates, rollouts begin tomorrow

After announcing that its Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity tablets would be receiving Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, ASUS has finally revealed the long-awaited details. In a post on the company’s Campus Life blog, ASUS released the official changelog for the update, detailing the specific changes that will be made. Furthermore, the manufacturer has given us a time table for when we can expect the updates to roll out. For the full low-down, jump past the break.

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ASUS confirms Jelly Bean for Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity coming soon

ASUS began rolling out an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Transformer Prime in Sweden yesterday, and today the company has followed with a statement regarding the rest of the world. Announced via the company’s official Facebook page, ASUS says global users can expect an update to the latest version “soon”. In addition to the Transformer Prime (TF201), the Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) will also be getting in on the upgrade action. While an exact time frame wasn’t given, the update will reportedly arrive within 72 hours. Considering ASUS tends to make this type of announcement the same week (or even days before) it plans to roll out an update, we have no reason to doubt its legitimacy.

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