The Google Nexus 7 tablet was announced earlier at Google I/O and our boys Stacy Bruce and Ed Caggiani got some alone time with it. This is definitely one heck of a buy at $199 as it rocks a NIVIDA Tegra 3 and a 7-inch (1280 x 800) display. Made by ASUS, it’s clearly head and shoulders above the Kindle Fire, but is Amazon going to sit back? Even with this amazing price, will the mainstream adopt it since it won’t be in retail stores? I guess time will tell, but for now check out Ed and Stacy’s hands on after the break.
The Nexus 7 is official folks. It has a 7-inch (1280 x 800) display, a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, a 12 core GPU, front facing camera (assuming 1.2MP), 9 hour battery while watching HD video, Bluetooth, WiFI, NFC, and of course it will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It weighs 340 grams, is 10.45mm thick, and as expected, it’s built by ASUS. It utilizes NVIDIA’s new low-cost KAI platform that we wrote about previously.
The home screen shows all your content like magazines, and of course you can open any magazine or book and continue where you left off. Within magazine titles, you can look at just the text, but you can also view the pages as they were supposed to with full pictures, and you will have the ability to swipe up or down to expand the text.
Back at CES when we saw the ASUS Tranformer Pad Infinity, the planned price point was $599, but with similar offerings from Acer, they are going to price it more competitively. They will offer the 32GB version for $499 and the 64GB version for $599. The keyboard dock remains at $149 and is compatible with the Prime Dock. Last but not least, they will offer the same colors as the Prime: amethyst gray and champagne gold. According to ASUS it should be available by mid-July with no exact release date. If past history is any indication, you might want to pre-order this bad boy as soon as any retailers start the process. We fully expect availability to be low just like the Transformer Prime and the original Eee Pad Transformer.
The real question is what happens to the pricing of the Prime and TF300? Could those tabs drop to $399 and $299 respectively? With the Nexus tablet rumored to be $199, this “new” pricing wouldn’t surprise me. The Nexus tablet at $199 is intriguing, but I have to be honest, the TF300 at $299 is even more intriguing with the 10.1-inch display. As far as updates go, if Google releases 4.1, based on past history, it’s safe to assume that ASUS will get that update to all their tablets in a timely fashion.
There might be many things we are expecting or at least hoping for at this week’s Google I/O, but one thing we will be absolutely shocked if we hear nothing about is the upcoming Nexus Tablet. All the rumors have indicated that it’s made by ASUS, will include a Tegra 3, be 7-inches, and be on the cheap. Well Gizmodo Australia got a hold of some training material for the device and has confirmed the specs. There really isn’t anything surprising or earth shattering here. It’s expect to be available in Australia sometime in July so I think it’s safe to assume everywhere else will get it around the same time. As far as price goes, it’s supposed to be $199 for the 8GB version and $249 for the 16GB version. The only question left is will it sell like hotcakes? Don’t forget, our own Stacy Bruce will be there getting all the juicy details so stay tuned. Hit the break for the full specs.
When we first saw the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity back at CES we were told that it should make its debut sometime in June. Here we are nearly at the end of June and still no word on the HD tablet from ASUS. Who knows , maybe they got tied up building the new Nexus tablet for Google’s big unveiling next week? Either way, the TPad Infinity is bound to rear its fancy little head at any point now and a recently leaked promo video may mean that it’s just around the corner.
Some Reddit user posted the link for this video and is referring to it as a “launch video.” I am not sure whether a launch video is going to be 8 minutes long, but it is pretty informative to say the least. There is not much new to be gained from this video but it sure makes the tablet sound and look cool! Now we can only hope that this bad boy sees the light of day sometime soon. Jump past the break to check out this so called Transformer Pad Infinity “launch video” and let us know what you think.
ASUS is pushing out a new bug fixer (v188.8.131.52) that comes with numerous improvements and several fixes for the Transformer Pad 300. The most notable improvement is the upgraded camera software which I’m sure many are going to be elated about. Wondering what else is new in this OTA? Talk Android has you covered with the official changelog after the break:
Well folks, it looks like we’re getting closer and closer to seeing Google’s Nexus tablet a reality. We were among the first to tell you that Google planned on introducing its tablet at Google I/O next week, but now we have some additional details adding to this excitement. According to DigiTimes, the Nexus tablet will drop in at 7-inches, feature a WiFi-only connection and will only feature a front-facing camera for a budget-friendly price of only $199. Software-wise, we won’t know what OS the device will come preloaded with (though speculation points directly at Jelly Bean)— but DigiTimes confirms the device will feature Google’s own Chrome Browser. While we already see plenty of signs that ASUS would have a hand in the Nexus tablet’s development, it is also believed that Quanta Computer will be playing a part in the manufacturing of the device.
It looks as if Google is full steam ahead too with bringing Nexus tablets to stores. DigiTimes adds:
“The 7-inch Nexus tablet PC already started shipping in June and is estimated to be available in the retail channel in July with the device’s total shipments expected to reach at least three million units in the second half of the year”.
Well folks, if DigiTimes is correct, it looks like we’ll be seeing something special very soon. We’ll find out soon enough as Google and Asustek Chairman Jonney Shih are slated to announce the tablet at Google I/O next week.
Ritchies Room has taken a video of the two current hottest tablets on the market and uploaded the results to YouTube for our viewing pleasure. The results will likely surprise very few and upset very many. Apple and Asus top dogs were put through four sets of benchmarks in order to measure general performance, browser speeds, java scripting and graphics.
For the full facts and figures you can check out the video below, just try not to look so smug when you show it to your iPad toting friends.
If you own a Transformer Prime and haven’t fired it up yet to day, you may be pleased to know that ASUS has pushed out the .28 firmware update bringing a few goodies with it. Not only do you get the usual bug fixes and general improvements, you will also get the fancy ICS Face Unlock feature and an added icon that shows when you have the GPS dongle attached.
The changelog reads as follows:
- GPS dongle fix & local notification
- Ethernet UI support to set Ethernet connect policy when screen off
- Add system bar lock settings for showing/hiding system info
- Enable Face Unlock feature
- Support Bluetooth HDP
- Third party app upgrade
- Other bug fixes
ASUS is pretty good with their updates so this is something you should definitely apply if you are running the stock ROM on your Prime. To manually apply the update, head into Settings > About Tablet > System Firmware Update > Check Update. For those in the custom ROM world, Androwookie has implemented the update already and you can expect the others to follow suit.
The upcoming ASUS PadFone may be taking its sweet time to arrive in stores across the U.S., but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out and grab one now. Thanks to the fine online retailer Negri Electronics those of us out here in the States now have an opportunity to own the sweet device. Negri has both the smartphone and tablet docking station listed for a king’s ransom of $860. Sounds like a lot of money, but consider this: customers are really getting two devices in one, so you could always spin the cost into a positive in order to justify making the purchase. Keep in mind that while the smartphone will be bundled with the tablet docking station, the keyboard dock is not included, so you’ll have to shell out additional cash if you want to own that accessory.
Now the question is how many of you all are going to get out and grab one of those puppies today?