Google Nexus tablet could arrive in May priced between $199 and $249

by Robert Nazarian on
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We reported earlier this week that ASUS was selected to manufacture the first Google Nexus tablet. Now Digitimes posted news confirming this and adding that HTC and Acer were in the mix. The difference in their report versus what we posted earlier in the week is that a release could happen in May and they gave a price range of $199 to $249, whereas we heard June for the release and a firm price of $199. We did hear that production would start in April and Digitimes confirms that.

Unfortunately Digitimes is never the best source to get information, so thankfully there’s another source confirming some of these details. When Digitimes makes statements like, “The co-branded tablet PC is expected to be the first using Google Play Store, the sources noted,” you really have to question their validity. Of course, a broken clock is right twice a day right?

I do feel confident that ASUS is indeed the manufacturer due to the fact that they already have the MeMo 370T (pictured above) coming soon with a Tegra 3 priced similarly, but I’m still banking on June with a Google I/O announcement.

source: digitimes

Tech Spec Wars: The New iPad vs. The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity

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In case you missed it, or didn’t care enough to watch it, the new iPad was announced today. “The New iPad,” as it’s being called, is the successor to the iPad 2 and comes with a 2048×1536 Retina Display as well as LTE capabilities. Given that most of the other specs for the device are out as well it’s time to see how they stack up to the upcoming announced Transformer Pad Infinity. The folks from AnandTech also compared it to the iPad 2 to give you an idea of what’s changed exactly. So without further ado I present to you the Asus vs. Apple tablet showdown. Hit the break below to check them out and let us know what you think in the comments section below. Is The New iPad that exciting? Let us know! » Read the rest

Asus is “Working on a fix” for the Original Transformer ICS Update Issues; To Possibly Arrive Next Week

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If you guys are like me, then you spammed the Check Update option on your original Transformer for the ICS update that was available Late-February. While I fell in love with my tablet all over again because of the update I noticed that as the days progressed my tablet would randomly reboot itself. Sometimes it would reboot it four – five times in a row before it would stay on. Then about an hour later it would reboot itself yet again. While it never rebooted in the middle of using it, watching it reboot itself randomly became rather frustrating. Heck, sometimes it would look up in the middle of a boot cycle. It appears that I am not in the minority with these experiences. Other users are reporting lock-ups during reboots,  and other various bugs as well.

Like the Transformer Prime update and its update problems Asus has taken to announcing that a fix is in the works for the original Transformer ICS update. While users have reported that uninstalling apps, updating widgets and factory resets have helped, this is not a good premise for Asus; especially considering their Hopes to have the next Nexus device and the first roll out of Jelly Bean. Asus writes in regards to the TF101 issues: » Read the rest

How to Root, Unlock, and Flash Recovery to the ASUS Transformer Prime [Video]

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OK guys, I finally got around to creating this how-to video on getting your ASUS Transformer Prime all ready for modding! In this video you will find directions on how to root, unlock, and flash ClockworkMod Recovery to your tablet. This all-in-one tool, ViperMod PrimeTime v4.5, will do everything I just mentioned and can even unroot your Prime in case you need to send it in for service. This tool works on any version of ICS, and will even work on Honeycomb. For those of you OG Transformer owners, you can even use the root tool as well but do not try to flash recovery. Reports show that trying to flash recovery will bork your original Transformer (TF101).

Once rooted, you will not loose the ability to receive future OTA updates from ASUS, but it is highly reccomended to grab Voodoo OTA RootKeeper from the Android Market to prevent any future updates from breaking root. You can find the download link at the end of this post.

Big thanks to ViperBoy for creating this super easy tool, it’s by far the easiest method available for doing any or all of these steps. You don’t have to complete every step if you dont want (i.e. remain locked), and if you are already rooted or unlocked you can still use the tool’s other features as well. I will include brief instructions below, but for a more detailed walk-through refer to the video. You can also find the necissary download links at the end of this post. Ready? Lets get started!  » Read the rest

ASUS could be manufacturer of choice for upcoming Google Nexus tablet

by Robert Nazarian on
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There has been a lot of speculation on a Google Nexus tablet over the last year or so, and things really started heating up this past week when news came out that Google is working on a 7-inch tablet to go head to head with the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook series. If this in fact true, the big question is who is making it? Well the latest rumor from Android and Me suggests that ASUS could be the lucky company.

This really isn’t surprising because not only does ASUS have the most innovative tablets, but they also update them timely. The Transformer Prime and the original Transformer already have ICS. There’s also the fact that ASUS said they expect to be one of the first manufacturers to offer the Android 5.0 Jelly Bean update. There’s no question they are working very close with Google, so this rumor adds up in my opinion.

Wait!! There’s even more good news: It’s expected to be priced at $199, have the quad-core Tegra 3 (4-Plus-1) processor, and have a 1280 x 800 display. Production is expected to start in April with a June release. This really doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility since ASUS recently showed off the MeMo 370T at CES, which is a 7-inch Tegra 3 device that’s expected to retail for $249.

I think we will see this tab at Google I/O for sure, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was this year’s gift handed out to attendees.

source: androidandme

 

 

ASUS Wants To Stay Ahead Of The Curve And Shares It Wants To Be The First To Android 5.0 Jelly Bean

by Roy Alugbue on
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ASUS is certainly on a roll lately. They’ve launched sexy devices such as the game-changing Transformer Prime tablet and have introduced the sexy PadFone for starters, now they want to be among the first to showcase the latest developments in the Android platform. Let me explain: it has been among the first devices— tablet or otherwise— to showcase Android 4.0. As awesome as that is, ASUS believes that’s not good enough, so it’s using its newfound close relationship with Google to make sure it’s the first manufacturer to present Android 5.0— otherwise known as Jelly Bean— to the masses. Don’t take our word for it either. During an interview with TechRadar, Asus Corporate Vice President Benson Lin shared the following:

“Asus is very close to Google, so once they have Android 5.0 I think there will be a high possibility that we will be the first wave to offer the Jelly Bean update.”

This essentially confirms a few things. One is that Ice Cream Sandwich will only see some minor tweaks and updates while in the version 4.x stage. That means Jelly Bean will not be found in 4.1, 4.2, etc.— it’s going to be a completely new Android version. The second is if you think ASUS isn’t a reputable or hot brand as of late, you may want to think again. Its quality devices released in the last 6 months or so and the fact it is among the first manufacturers to provide the latest Android updates puts it in the top tier of manufacturers. Let’s see if ASUS does follow through and continue to provide updates before the rest of its competition.

source: TechRadar
via: Android Community

Asus Transformer Pad TF300T With Tegra 3 Passes Through The FCC

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The Asus Transformer Pad TF300T has gracefully passed through the hands of the FCC, and you know what that means.  It means it’s likely we’ll be seeing the device pretty soon.  We’ve been seeing tidbits of the device trickle through the pipeline for a while now and we’re highly looking forward to getting our hands on the more budget friendly, yet high spec’d tab soon.  The FCC approved the WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities so it’s only a matter of time before it ends up in the hands of the masses.  The devices is being touted as a cheaper alternative to the Prime and will house Nvidia’s highly coveted Tegra 3 CPU.  In addition, the device will run Android 4.0 ICS, sport an IPS display, house 16GB’s of internal storage and come with an 8 mp camera.  We’ve received no word yet as far as priceing and availability goes so stay tuned as we dig for that info.

source: FCC

Hands On with the ASUS Padfone [Video]

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Hot on the heels of the ASUS Padfone announcement at Mobile World Congress, we now have a nice hands on video thanks to our friends at PhoneArena. While this phone and tablet accessory have been in the works for a quite a long time now, it looks like it will actually start to arrive to unsaid markets in April. One thing I am happy to see is that ASUS opted for the onscreen ICS buttons rather than the hardware buttons we have seen on earlier prototypes – it definitely makes for a cleaner look in my opinion. The Padfone combo also has an optional keyboard dock much like the Transformer series of tablets and ASUS is even including their neat ICS tablet widgets on the phone as well. Check out the video below and let us know what you think. Is the Padfone something you could dig?

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ASUS PadFone advert hits YouTube [Video]

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We’ve been following the progress of ASUS’ hotly anticipated tablet and phone package for the best part of a year and earlier today our patience was finally rewarded with a formal announcement. It seems that ASUS is in a giving mood today as it has also released a preview of the advert promoting the hot new tech to further whet our appetites.

Are you curious as to at what kind of person uses a tablet, phone and netbook all in one? Take a look at the YouTube video below and see how Ben, Jessie and Kenny use the PadFone to expand their worlds.

 

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ASUS unveils the economical Transformer Pad 300 Series

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Asus had a busy morning in Barcelona as they unveiled the new and improved Padfone and the Transformer Pad Infinity Series, but they also showed us the Transformer Pad 300 Series. Remember the TF300T that was caught on camera and also showed up with NenaMark2 test results? This is it. It will feature a 10.1-inch (1200 x 800) IPS display, a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 8MP (with F2.2 aperture) rear camera, and a 1.2MP front camera. They will offer both WiFi-only and 4G LTE versions with your choice of red, white, or blue.

This will bascially be a cheaper version of the Transformer Prime. It will come with less storage (16GB) and the back is all plastic. Also the display is an IPS display, not a Super IPS+ display. They will still offer the keyboard dock, but battery life with the dock is a little less, 15 hours as opposed to 18 hours. Pricing and availability wasn’t announced yet, but I would expect the WiFi version to come in around $350 to $399, which would make it very popular among the masses.

Full press release after the break:

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