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:
ASUS announced on Twitter that their Eee Pad Slider tablet-with-a-built-in-keyboard is receiving Android 4.0 right now, bringing the software number up to 188.8.131.52. The update should be getting pushed to devices as we speak. Anyone with a Slider get it yet? Let us know in the comments!
source: asus twitter
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!
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.
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!
via: the verge
NVIDIA and Phosphor games were gracious enough to provide us a 32GB ASUS Transformer Prime with matching keyboard dock and a $25 Amex gift card for one of our lucky readers. You guys created a lot of really cool captions and trust me, it wasn’t easy, but we unanimously picked the best one.
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 184.108.40.206. 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
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.
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