ASUS Teases Dual-Booting Android / Windows 8 Tablet for Computex [Video]

A couple days ago ASUS aired a teaser video for an announcements they plan to make at this year’s Computex. Simply calling it their “Next Transformations,” the original teaser video showed us an outline of what appeared to be a new entry in their line of Transformer Tab tablets and keyboard docks. Today, ASUS adds to the excitement by unveiling two more teaser videos, both of which help put the pieces together a little more. Read more

Benchmark Outs Nexus 7 Tablet, Showing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean And Quad-Core Tegra 3

Look what just showed up on Rightware’s Power Board benchmark site… it’s the much-rumored and highly-anticipated Google Nexus tablet. It’s showing up as the Google Asus Nexus 7 with a resolution of 768 x 1280 (that’s a portrait orientation, common for 7-inch tablets). It’s also sporting an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A9 CPU.

Our friends at AndroidPolice uncovered more information in the form of some raw data:

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GameStop to offer Android Tablets at over 1,600 stores Nationwide

You may have noticed as an avid gamer, and game trader, that there are Android tablets available for purchase and/or trade at 200 various locations. Looks like this program has been working out pretty well. GameStop has announce that out of the almost 4,500 locations in the US, it will commence offering Android tablets in 1,600 locations, from various manufacturers. The models specifically noted are the Acer Iconia Tab A200, ASUS TF300T, and the Toshiba Excite 10. These tablets won’t have only the stock apps you’ll normally find with a tablet purchase, but will “include a hand-picked selection of free games”. Tablets are no exception to being able to purchase on trade so this could be a good chance to get a quality tablet on trade for those games you’ve beat 3-4 times and have no more need for. Hit the jump for the full press release.

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ASUS teaser video for their “next transformations”

Taiwanese multinational computer hardware and electronics company, ASUS, has just released a short teaser video suggesting their new offerings that will be announced at Computex 2012 on May 31. The video doesn’t divulge any serious details, unless you consider various versions of Altostratus and Cumulonimbus clouds a spoiler. Along with the atmospheric scenery comes statements such as “the shape of the cloud is ever-changing, beyond time and boundaries”. Good stuff, huh?

Most of us are expecting some awesome tablets to be announced continuing the ASUS Transformer saga. Perhaps we might see the rumored Nexus Prime tablet as well. Whatever ASUS has up it’s sleeve, we’re soon to find out this coming Thursday at Computex 2012. Check out the video below for clues to their next transformations.

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Tegra 3 Powered Nexus Tablet Built by ASUS to be Unveiled at Google I/O?

There are many things to look forward to when the annual Google I/O rolls around and new Android hardware is one of them. According to a “trusted source” close to Techno Buffalo we have at least one piece of hardware we can look forward to at this this years conference and it may even go home with each attendee. TB is reporting that the previously rumored ASUS branded Nexus tablet will finally rear it’s head. Sure, nothing new here except for the fact that this tablet is suggested to be powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. How can this be you ask? Wasn’t the Nexus tablet supposed to be around the $200 price point? Yes it was, and it still can be. Don’t forget about Project Kai that we just heard about. That’s the NVIDA Tegra 3 chip designed to be reasonably priced while still providing the power we have come accustomed to when it comes to Tegra 3 performance. See, everything is starting to fall into place… sort of. Conflicting reports are also saying that Android 5.0 Jelly Bean may or may not come pre-loaded on the developer giveaway tablet but it kind of seems a bit early for that. Good thing June 27th is just a month away, we will be on scene to report the full scoop.

source: Techno Buffalo


Contest: Week 3 of our ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Pack giveaway courtesy of ASUS, NVIDIA, and Talk Android

We’ve already handed out two Transformer Pad Prize Packs so it’s now time for our final and third giveaway. As a refresher, the prize pack 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 gameplayYou have until next Wednesday, May 30th at 11:59pm EST. We will pick a random winner and make the announcement on Thursday, May 31st.

As you know NVIDIA is celebrating the first anniversary of the TegraZone, and with it came the Players Choice Awards and these Transformer Pad Prize Packs. NVIDIA is giving away seven of these prize packs so we encourage you to head over to NVIDIA’s Players Choice Awards site and cast your votes for your favorites games in the TegraZone in terms of best graphics, best gameplay, and overall fun. Once you vote, you’re automatically entered. Both contests are separate so definitely comment here and vote at NVIDIA’s site for more chances to win one of these awesome prize packs.

For a listing of all eligible games, hit our previous post or head over to the TegraZone.

Good Luck!!!

And the winner of the ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Pack for Week 2 is…..

As you know, we have three ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Packs to hand out. We’ve already given out our 1st pack, we just finished week two. Congratulations goes out to Andrew Kuczkowski who is going to receive an ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, a matching keyboard dock, a Logitech controller, and a Jambox speaker. Andrew voted Zen Pinball THD for best graphics.

Don’t forget we still have one more prize pack to hand out. We will get that one started later today, but please make sure to head over to NVIDIA’s Players Choice Awards site to get more votes in. They are giving away seven of these same prize packs so by voting there as well, it gives you more opportunities to win one of these awesome prizes. Voting ends on May 31st.

Thanks to everyone for playing and good luck on Week 3!!


Google tablet scheduled to land next month, Could it be called the Nexus Prime?

We heard a lot of talk about a Google (possibly) Nexus Tablet, but things cooled off. All talk seemed to point towards ASUS manufacturing it with a June release. Well DigiTimes is reporting that 600,000 tablets will be made available in June and ASUS continues to be the manufacturer of choice. Projected sales for 2012 seem to be 2 to 2.5 million units, which seems low if they are going after Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

We know there will be a Google tablet of some sort, but the real question is what’s the name? If you look at the latest Nexus phones, the naming scheme seems to go along with the manufacturer. The Nexus S was made by Samsung and was named after the Galaxy S. Last year the Galaxy Nexus was also made by Samsung and they used “Galaxy” instead of opting for the Nexus S II. In both cases the full name included something related to the manufacturer. Now this tablet is being made by ASUS and we all know they make the Transformer Prime. Granted that’s a 10.1-inch device and this is a 7-inch, but it seems to add up since the “Nexus Prime” name came up last year when we thought that was the name of the now Galaxy Nexus. It’s obvious ASUS and Google were working together back then, but at the time no one knew that ASUS was the chosen one for a tablet. They could opt for the Nexus Transformer as well, but I’m banking on Nexus Prime.

source: digitimes



ASUS Releases Bootloader Unlock Tool for the Transformer Pad 300

Oh ASUS, how we love you so. Not only are you giving us cutting edge hardware and lightly bloated software, you also give us the ability to unlock your devices so that we can do as we please. Sure it comes at the price of voiding our warranties, but that is a risk and a responsibility us crack-flashers are willing to deal with.

Like they did shortly after the Transformer Prime was released, ASUS today released the Unlock Tool for the Transformer Pad 300 and allows users the ability to unlock the device’s bootlader. Not only does this make a growing population of the Android community happy, it hopefully sets a precedent for other manufacturers to do the same. The process is rather easy and is only a matter of installing a third party app and pressing a couple of buttons. One thing is for certain, though. If you don’t know what you are getting into, it is highly recommended that you educate yourself on the risks of altering your device’s software. This process WILL void your warranty and ASUS actually keeps tabs on the serial numbers that have been unlocked. So if you are the owner of a new Transformer Pad 300 and want to gain full control over your device, hit up the source link below for details on how to unlock your tablet’s bootloader. Kuddos ASUS, kuddos.

source: ASUS



ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity Wins FCC Approval

If you are anything like us, you are looking forward to the release of the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700T), the 10.1-inch Android tablet boasting an astounding 1920×1200 (1080p) resolution. It has been said that the device would see a European launch on July 10th and the recent FCC approval would put us right on track for a timely release. Sporting the Tegra 3 chipset, the TF700T that was just approved by the FCC is the Wi-Fi only version, the LTE equipped version is still nowhere to be seen. For those of you that are hoping to get your hands on the cellular version of the device, it looks like you will have to wait a bit longer but we imagine it will also be stopping by the FCC in the near future. Let’s just hope it’s sooner rather than later. We will keep you posted.

source: FCC
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