In February of 2012, ASUS showed off the original Phone/Tablet hybrid, the Padfone, which was released in April of the same year. Now, only six months later, they will unveil the next iteration of their 2011 hype-machine on October 16th. As someone who was very excited when the original Padfone was unveiled, I’ll be anxiously awaiting for the 16th to arrive.
The original Padfone was somewhat overhyped. The original was preceded by a swath of “leaked” benchmarks and specification sheets, only to be released with mainstream specs and a severely underwhelming display. Now, complete with its own set of leaks and promises, the successor is in the same position. Fans and followers of the original are now anxiously awaiting for October 16th to see if ASUS can release the groundbreaking device that was promised with the original.
It wasn’t that long ago that we caught mention of the Asus Padfone 2 from a leaked slideshow. Now, instead of seeing a few bullet points on a slide, we can allegedly see benchmark results of the not-yet-announced Padfone 2. It was originally assumed that we’d see the successor to the original Padfone in late 2013. However, with these benchmark results, its release may be sooner than we think. The shot of the benchmark results reveal the Padfone 2 name, the device running on Android 4.0.4 (another key it may release sooner rather than later), and a quad core 1512 MHz processor. Of course with only a benchmark screen capture, the price and release information are not known. However, we’ll keep you updated on what appears to be a beast of a multifunctional device.
source: Tablet News
Last month ASUS pushed out an update to their ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 to install Jelly Bean. This left owners of the higher-end ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 feeling a bit left out in the cold. XDA forum member MysticMgcn has come to the rescue in the form of instructions on how to use the TF300’s firmware on the TF700. According to his How-To post on the XDA forums, the only two things not working are changes to screen brightness and changing the DPI, which is set to 160. Screen brightness can be adjusted by using third-party apps, but there currently is no solution for the DPI issue.
MysticMgcn’s How-To includes instructions and files for rooted or unrooted devices, locked or unlocked bootloaders, and stock or custom recoveries. If you have a Transformer Infinity TF700, you may want to head over to the forum thread linked in the source to read up on everything you need to do to get Jelly Bean onto your device. Just remember, you will be responsible for anything that goes wrong with your device if you attempt this.
source: XDA Developers Forum
To celebrate the launch of Beach Buggy Blitz, NVIDIA gave us two Nexus 7 tablets along with an ASUS Transformer Prime and matching keyboard dock to give to three lucky readers.
To enter the giveaway just complete these four quick and easy steps:
- Follow @NVIDIA on Twitter
- Follow @TalkAndroid on Twitter
- Add TalkAndroid to your Google+ Circles
- Comment below and tell us what your favorite game is right now.
It couldn’t be any simpler. We will accept entries through this Sunday September 9th at 11:59pm EST. We will pick two random winners for each of the Nexus 7’s and then one random winner for the Transformer Prime w/keyboard dock. We will announce all three winners in this post and contact them through the email that is associated with their account.
Congratulations to the following winners:
ASUS Transformer Prime w/keyboard dock
I am sending each of you an email. Just get back to me with your info and we will ship it out right away.
A new report claims ASUS is preparing to launch a 3G version of its incredibly successful Nexus 7 tablet. A “very well-placed insider” has confirmed this is the case, and says that the company has already begun production on the new model.
“There’s not a huge amount to say… a 3G version of the Nexus 7 is coming, with no other hardware changes. Asus is currently ramping production in preparation for launch in around 6 weeks, with the exact launch date and territories still to be confirmed.”
As with anything unofficial, be sure to take it with a hefty grain of salt. It looks like we’ll just have to wait until ASUS comes out with the official word. In the meantime, be sure to check out our in-depth Nexus 7 review.
Via: Android Central
The Nexus 7 has taken the entry-level tablet market by storm, and Google has just released a brand new advertisement for the 7-inch powerhouse. The commercial, titled “Curious” plays off the same emotions as the company’s first commercial, showing how useful the media-centric tablet can be for a younger audience. Additionally, this is the first time Google has shown off its Google Now platform on video, which is something that could potentially spark massive interest with the public. Rather than me spoil the video for you, we’ve embedded it after the break. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
In case you need more persuading to grab the superb Nexus 7 tablet (if you haven’t purchased one already), Google has gone ahead and provided a subtle way to get the masses to get out and purchase the tablet. As users log onto its homepage, they are casually greeted by a mini-Flash presentation which shows the Nexus 7 peeking out, while letting customers know “the playground is open”. Leave it to Google to always come up with some
sneaky clever ways to advertise its products and services.
Again— if you are interested in grabbing what is hands down the best tablet available in terms of sheer value, you can grab the 8GB version for $199 or the 16GB version for $249 in the Play Store today.
Play Store link
Sears has a really hot deal on the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300. As you know the tablet alone goes for $399, but Sears will throw in a keyboard dock for Free. That’s a huge savings for those that are looking for a keyboard, and nobody does it better than ASUS with that amazing dock. My understanding is that this is only offered on the Sears website, and isn’t available in stores. Thankfully shipping is free for any orders over $49.
What makes this deal even sweeter is the fact that the TF300 already received the Jelly Bean update. The deal ends this Saturday, September 1st so hit the links below to get your order in. You do need to add both items to your cart in order to get the deal.
Buy – TF300 – Blue / Keyboard
A press release from Vodafone has confirmed the ASUS Transformer Pad TF700KL is heading to Germany, a Transformer Pad TF700 with 4G LTE connectivity. The new LTE Transformer will initially launch in Germany, but will soon be available in other Vodafone stores across Europe – with the exception of Italy, which has not yet upgraded their network infrastructure to support LTE.
Unlike its Transformer TF700 siblings the TF700KL will be powered by a more power efficient dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz (rather than the quad-core 1.6GHz Nvidia Tegra 3), which was most likely chosen due to LTE’s demanding battery life. Its display will be covered in Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2 which will allow the device to be thinner, but will still support a dazzling full 1920 x 1080 HD resolution. Other specs remain identical such as 1GB RAM, storage options of 16GB, 32GB or 64G, and as always an expandable microSD card slot.
The top-of-the-line TF700KL 64GB model will be priced at a hefty €819 ($1025 USD) for non subsidized customers and €169 ($211 USD) with a contract.
via: Notebook Italia
After seeing some ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 owners get some Jelly Bean love last week, it now appears owners of the device in the UK are now getting some love too. According to the ASUS Facebook page, owners will be treated to new features and functions, along with improvements to pre-installed apps, new power saving options and global file search. All this means is that yet more Android owners will get to have that smooth and buttery experience… and who doesn’t love that?
source: ASUS Facebook