Watch as the ASUS Padfone Gets its First Unboxing Video

I am not sure if you remember the ASUS Padfone, but it has been ‘in the making’ for an awful long time now. Initially announced over a year ago, we got a quick glimpse at the new revamped version of the kit at this year’s CTIA conference in Las Vegas and then again at MWC in Barcelona. Finally about to launch soon, our friends over at NetbookNews go their hands on the phone-tablet-dock combo a little early and decided to film an unboxing video for the whole world to enjoy. Jump past the break to see the whole kit and caboodle for yourself. It’s pretty sweet! Too bad it’s so damn expensive
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Contest: Win an ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Pack courtesy of ASUS, NVIDIA, and Talk Android [Week 1]

As we mentioned earlier, NVIDIA is hosting the Annual Players Choice Awards sponsored by ASUS. NVIDIA wants to find out what gamers think are the best games in the TegraZone for graphics, gameplay, and overall fun. To entice you to get your vote in, ASUS is giving away seven, yes that’s seven ASUS Transformer Prize Packs to voters. Let’s face it, I would be happy with just the Transformer Pad TF300 alone, but ASUS and NVIDIA are going all out by also including the keyboard dock, a Logitech controller, and a Jambox speaker. Are you kidding me? Make sure to head over to the Awards site to get your votes in so you will be entered for your chance to win.

But that’s not all!! Talk Android has partnered with the awards, which means that ASUS has provided us with the same Transformer Prize Packs for our readers. We have a total of three, so that means that each week for the next three weeks, we will give one of our lucky readers one of these packs. We are going to keep this really simple. We want your votes for the same three categories as well. This is the first of three weeks. All you have to do is comment below with your favorite TegraZone game in terms of graphics. You have until next Wednesday, May 16th at 11:59pm EST. We will announce the winner on Thursday, May 17th and start up the second giveaway as well.

For more info about all the eligible games see our previous post or head over to the TegraZone.

Good Luck!!!

 

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Shortage To Delay ASUS Padfone?

The ASUS Padfone, that weird phone/tablet hybrid device, was supposed to launch in Taiwan at the end of April, and in Italy sometime in May. But now, according to a tweet by ASUS Indonesia, it seems that the launch may be delayed due to a shortage of Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processors. An ASUS spokesperson told The Verge “I believe [the shortage is] affecting all of Qualcomm’s customers.

That’s not a direct admission of a delay from ASUS, but it’s as close as it can come. Basically, ASUS is saying that the Padfone uses the S4, and the S4 is running low on supply. Make your own conclusions. Let’s hope Qualcomm can get production ramped up soon!

source:  @ASUS_Indonesia
via: the verge

Contest: Win an ASUS Transformer Prime with a Keyboard Dock from TalkAndroid, NVIDIA, and Phosphor Games

To celebrate the release of Dark Meadow: The Pact, NVIDIA and Phosphor Games were gracious enough to give us a brand new amethyst grey 32GB ASUS Transformer Prime along with the keyboard dock to give to one of our lucky readers. They’re also throwing in a $25 AMEX gift card to cover an accessory or maybe some really cool games. Once you go Prime, you can’t use anything else thanks to the NVIDIA Tegra 3 featuring 4-PLUS-1″>4-Plus-1 quad-core technology. All you have to do is head over to our forum post and give us a caption for the photo below, add TalkAndroid to your Google+ Circles, and promise us that your first download will be Dark Meadow: The Pact. You have until 8:00am EST Monday, April 3o to enter. The TalkAndroid staff will decide the best caption and announce the winner later that day.

Click here to enter

 

Original Eee Pad Transformer receives minor update

Amidst all of the criticism aimed at many of the top Android manufacturers surrounding software updates, there is one company that has been pretty much on point since day one and that’s Asus. Whether it be minor bug-fixes or the roll out of Android 4.0, Asus has been consistently prompt and hassle free.

With the Transformer Prime getting a lot of love recently it’s the original TF101 that’s ready for a refresh this time around. The Android version is 4.0.3 and the build is 9.2.1.21. The update is a minor one bringing some optimisation, bug fixes and most importantly it solves the UI lag many users have been suffering. Asus has provided a changelog listing the following improvements :
 

Improves system stability
Improves email stability
Improves AppBackup App
Improves MyLibrary stability
Supports Wi-Fi Direct
Supports unzip in File Manager
Add restore tab function in Browser

Perhaps it’s the impressive dedication to timely updates that scored Asus the gig as manufacturer of the first official Nexus tablet. Now what are you waiting for, fire up your Transformer and hit that ‘check now’ button as the update is already rolling out. Let us know your thoughts on the latest update in the comments below.

 

source: Android Community

 

 

UK Launch date available for the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T

The next ASUS Tranformer Pad TF300T will be launching in the United Kingdom at the end of May this year.  This device will be a budget-friendly alternative to the Prime. It will be powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 CPU, Android 4.0, 8mp camera, 10.1″ display, 16Gb of internal storage, and more.  The price of this tablet will start at £399, which will include the keyboard dock. Being that this launch price is well below the Prime, I would think ASUS could see some pretty decent sales numbers. At launch it will be available to only one retailer, then toward the end of June spread to other retail store for wider sale.

To all our reader in the US, this tablet is already available for order. Hit the break for the detailed UK press release.


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Pricing and Availability Announced for ASUS Transformer Pad TF300

We have known about the Transformer Pad TF300 since Mobile World Congress, but ASUS did not say exactly when we could get it or for how much. All of that has changed however, as ASUS has officially announced the pricing and availability for it. Online sales of the NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered slate start on April 23rd, while retail locations begin on April 30th. The 16GB model will set you back $379, while the 32GB adds $20 to the price. The optional docking station is an extra $149, but unfortunately it is not backwards compatible with the Transformer TF101 or Transformer Prime TF201. The only color available at launch will be royal blue, with torch red and iceberg white appearing in June. Overall, those prices are not too bad considering you are getting an Android 4.0.3 tablet with a quad-core processor that can pull double-duty as a netbook if you opt for the docking station.

source: Android Central

Transformer Prime GPS Dongle Demoed on Video, Locks onto 16 Satellites in Just Seconds

One of the most reported complaints about the ASUS Transformer Prime is the trouble it has locking on to a GPS signal. Now, whether or not that is even a valid complaint for a tablet can be argued until blue in the face. I personally think using a tablet for a GPS unit is a silly thought and would never think to Velcro my Prime to my cars window or strap it to my bike’s handlebars. But who am I to judge? And apparently ASUS doesn’t want to judge either because they want to keep their positive customer service in tact and have offered Prime owners a solution – a free GPS dongle.

All a Prime owner needs to do is simply register their tablet and in a few weeks will receive this tablet add-on in the mail. Speaking of receiving a dongle in the mail, our pals at Engadget already got their dongle and put together a little video showing how it can drastically improve GPS reception. The Prime managed to lock on to 16 satellites in only a matter of seconds and should prove to be more than enough signal for anyone. It may not be the prettiest of solutions, but hey, at least it free. Jump past the break to check it out in action.
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