ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 gets minor update

If you own an ASUS Transformer TF300, you might want to check for an update since one has taken place over the weekend. It’s software version 9.4.3.29 and it’s still based on Android 4.0.3. This is a minor update that brings stability improvements and some sort of enhancements or bug fixes to the camera and WiFi. Most users are reporting a better and smoother experience.

You’re probably going to have to check for this one manually. Hit the Settings / About Tablet / Software Updates and see if you can grab it. Let us know if you received it and if you’ve noticed any particular improvements or fixes.

If you don’t own a TF300, don’t forget to enter Week 2 of our Transformer Pad Prize Pack giveaway for a chance to win the TF300, a matching keyboard dock, a Logitech controller, and a Jambox speaker.

 

Contest: Win an ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Pack courtesy of ASUS, NVIDIA, and Talk Android [Week 2]

We handed out our first of three Transformer Pad Prize Packs earlier today so it’s now time to start week two. We will be giving away the same prize pack which consists of an ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, a matching keyboard dock, a Logitech controller, and a Jambox speaker. For this week all you have to do is comment below with your favorite TegraZone game in terms of graphicsYou have until next Wednesday, May 23rd at 11:59pm EST. We will announce the winner on Thursday, May 24th and start up the third week as well.


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And the winner of the ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Pack for Week 1 is…..

As you know, we have ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Packs to give away. We’re giving away three of them, and we just finished week one. Congratulations goes out to Jason Keilholz who is going to receive an ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, a matching keyboard dock, a Logitech controller, and a Jambox speaker. Jason voted for Shadowgun for best graphics, which I think was an excellent choice.

These prize packs are for the celebration of the one year anniversary of the NVIDIA TegraZone, which now has around 40 games all optimized for the Tegra 2 and/or the Tegra 3 processor. If you haven’t already, please head over to NVIDIA’s Players Choice Awards site and cast your votes for the best TegraZone games of the year. They are giving away seven, yes that’s seven, of these same prize packs. All you have to do is vote and your automatically entered for a chance to win.

Talk Android still has two more prize packs to hand out so look for our next contest post shortly.

 

ASUS Padfone 2 4G show up and coming via Leaked Slides

On the coattails of the yet to be released worldwide ASUS Padfone, comes the Padfone 2 (4G). Yes, although the original Padfone hasn’t released, possibly due to a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 shortage, somehow we can still get a look at the future and see what ASUS has planned for an encore. The ASUS Padfone 2 is somewhere around the corner. This Padfone is a one-of-a-kind with it’s device-ception (Get it? A device with-in a device with-in a device). I will now apologize for the Inception movie reference. Hit the break for more on this and a couple leaked slided for your enjoyment.


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ASUS Airs New Padfone Demo Video, Wait Until You See this Awesome New Accessory

For a device not being available quite yet, the ASUS Padfone has gotten quite a bit of buzz lately. We recently watched as it received it’s first publicly aired unboxing video, then we were shown some real-life battery test results. To continue with the hype, ASUS just released an official demo video of the phone-tablet-dock combo in action, and it’s a video you really don’t want to miss. Not only does the demo touch base on a few features we already know about, ASUS also introduces a really slick accessory I have yet to see. Just as a recap, Padfone features include:

  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.3″ Super AMOLED qHD phone display
  • 10.1-inch tablet display (details yet to be confirmed)
  • 8MP rear camera featuring a 5-element f/2.2 lens
  • Total of up to 14,000mAh battery with phone, tablet, and dock
  • Stylus/Headset accessory

Wait, what was that last one? Yeah, a stylus/headset accessory! I am sure you can use your imagination on this one but what’s cooler that a stylus that doubles as a headset? After all, you do need some way to answer phone calls when your phone is stuck inside your tablet! Up until now I have always wondered how that issue would be addressed and according to the demo video ASUS has these things all figured out. Now if they could just get the whole U.S. release thing figured out.

Jump past the break to see this awesome piece of tech in action, but don’t mind the second half of the video. It seems that ASUS can put together some awesome hardware but could use a little help in the marketing division. After you watch the video be sure to leave us a comment on what you think about the new accessory.
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Check Out Asus PadFone’s Real World Battery Life

 

Back at MWC this year Asus debuted its PadFone tablet/phone combination with much fanfare. In April pre-orders were available in Taiwan with hopes that the U.S. would soon be able to do the same. Well sadly as is with most technologies the device was delayed with the S4 processor shortage being the possible culprit as to why. Well in a “leaked” video on Asus’ YouTube that has now been taken down Asus went as far as to boast about the PadFone’s battery life. According to the video the phone itself will see 16 hours of use where the the tablet mode and laptop modes should see 63 and 102 hours respectively. According to the folks at engadget though, Asus said that this is in regards to 2G talk time.

Asus was awesome enough though in sharing some of the more realistic battery life figures they’ve found in a lab setting. When the device was set at half brightness it came up with the following results:

 


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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