Well what do we have here gang? We’d just reported how the upcoming ASUS Transformer Pad 300 is due to arrive in Europe by next month, but we here in the States are about to have an early Christmas. Apparently the tablet is set to arrive on April 22nd— this Sunday. How sure are we of this? Well, there’s been no concrete statement or confirmation from ASUS directly, but Amazon went ahead and let the cat out of the bag by listing the tablet on its website and clearly highlights the item “will be released on April 22, 2012″ for $489.99— less than the expected price for the European version which should cost $525.
In case you’ve forgotten, there’s quite a potent punch in the tablet. Those of you who splurge on the device will get a sweet Tegra 3 processor powering a 10.1-inch screen, 32GB of hard drive space and a heavy dose of Ice Cream Sandwich. Hit the source link below for more details.
We are one step closer to a few ASUS jewels landing in the palms of our hands. For starters, we know you have been talking about the PadFone, the most intriguing of the upcoming devices for some time now. Sure there have been pre-orders available for it in Taiwan since earlier in the month, but what about the rest of us? Well for those of you in Europe at least, the wait will not last much longer. While at the ASUS Milan Design Week 2012, ASUS has confirmed the Padfone will arrive in Italy in late May– which is the same time the device should launch elsewhere in Europe. The company even gave details of the upcoming release by highlighting the smartphone and the tablet combo (which will be known as Padfone Station) will go for EUR 699 ($915 USD), while the keyboard (known as the PadFone Dock) will cost EUR 149 more ($195 USD).
ASUS doesn’t stop there either folks. The mouthwatering Transformer Pad Infinity 700 will arrive in Italy on June 10th. Also known as the Transformer Prime HD, it will arrive as a 64GB WiFi-only model for EUR 600 ($785 USD). The keyboard dock accessory will cost EUR 149 ($195) like the PadFone Dock. Oh and those of you looking for something premium, but not too premium will be able to find the Transformer Prime 300 next month for EUR 400 ($525 USD) for the WiFi version and EUR 500 ($655) for the 3G version. Ladies and gents— get ready to break open your wallets and pocketbooks.
source: Notebook Italia
Many of you are probably looking forward to getting your hands on one of the new ASUS products like the Padphone or the Transformer Pad Infinity. Although ASUS just revealed European pricing, availability is still a little ways off yet. Notebook Italia is reporting that the 32GB Padphone is scheduled to release in European markets in late May and is going to be pretty expensive. We’re talking 700 euros ($914) expensive, and that doesn’t even include the keyboard dock. The dock is going to cost you an additional 150 euros ($200) if you want to turn your duo into a trio. Still no pricing and availability on the LTE Padphone but it’s believed that it could be out sometime in September.
As far as the Transformer Pad Infinity goes, the 64GB Wi-Fi version should arrive in European markets on June 10th with the hefty price tag of 600 euros ($780). What ever happened to the previously suggested price of $699 for the 64GB version, ASUS? And since no mention was made of the LTE version, we cant help but wonder if ASUS has delayed its launch for some reason. If we hear anything more we will be sure to let you know.
source: Notebook Italia
via: Unwired View
Still suffering from spotty or non-existent GPS signal on your beloved Transformer Prime? Already heard the news that Asus is set to offer a GPS dongle to resolve the issue? Well time to get registering folks as the website is now live.
Those of you holding out for a software fix will unfortunately be disappointed as it appears that the rather unsightly dongle is your only hope. The dongle plugs into the proprietary port which in turn means you won’t be able to use it whilst charging or in conjunction with the laptop dock. Quite the sacrifice to make for an accurate GPS lock.
Naturally the dongle will be absolutely free providing you register before the 31st of July 2012. There’s no word on when you should expect to receive the unit once ordered nor is there any clarification as to what happens beyond the cut off date. Still, it’s refreshing to see Asus is dedicated to providing a solution to the messy situation.
Click the link below to register for your dongle.
So what’s the verdict owners of the Transformer Prime, are you happy with this solution? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
source : Asus
In the market for a new tablet, but want something with a little more ‘oomph’? ASUS may have the cure for what ails you. In going with ASUS’ newfound philosophy of revamping its Transformer line, it went ahead and unleashed its newest quad-core monster the Transformer Pad 300 which will begin shipping next Sunday, April 22. It will come fully loaded featuring a Tegra 3 processor and Ice Cream Sandwich operating on a 10-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800, an 8MP and 1.2MP FF cameras. As good as this sounds, ASUS wants consumers to know that it’s latest option in the Transformer line is different from its competition– so what is it that separates this device from the others? Well ASUS puts it simple by highlighting the Transformer Pad 300 is “a laptop replacement with 4G LTE network capabilities”. Awesome.
You all salivating at the thought of owning one of these yet?
source: PC World
Asus has begun bringing their lineup of tablets to market starting with the Tranformer Pad 300, which was dubuted at MWC this year along with the Transformer Pad Infinity and Padfone. The Pad 300 should be rearing its pretty little face anytime now as it’s been currently listed with several online retailers. The 32 GB model popped up in France for €499 ($650) however, according to the folks over at The Verge, they rendered Google Shopping results showing $379 (16GB) at J&R. We’re unable to duplicate those findings so we’ll just take their word for it. Just to recap on the Pad 300, it’s touting a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset, a 10.1-inch display with 1280 x 800 res, a gig of RAM and a pretty decent 8 meg camera for its main shooter. Stay tuned as we patiently await for the official launch of the device along with its cousins the Infinity Tab and Padfone. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.
We had a chance to do a quick hands on with the ASUS Eee Pad MeMo ME171 at CES this past January. It’s finally up for sale in Taiwan for 17,500NT or $585. The specs include a 1.2GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, 16GB of internal memory, 8.5 hours of video playback with the 4400mAh battery, and Android 3.2. It will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and knowing ASUS, it will probably be pretty soon. Unfortunately this tab isn’t all that thin as it comes in a 11.6mm. Hit the break for the video.
Ah yes the ASUS Transformer Prime. The tablet is easily one of the best available, but sadly was plagued with some minor GPS issues and subpar performance. ASUS did make everything good by releasing a much-needed software update, but ASUS is trying to take yet another step to show that it’s a force to be reckoned with in the Android world. It seems that ASUS has been in direct communication with XDA and has stated it:
“Will be releasing a dongle shortly that will address the GPS function and be a fully usable GPS that will lock onto many satellites and keep their lock with wi-fi active”.
Oh and ASUS has pledged this GPS dongle will be “provided for free” by mid-April. ASUS Transformer owners are certainly a lucky bunch. It almost wants to make you trade up and get a TF Prime just for the cool dongle, doesn’t it? We’re all on the lookout for that dongle ASUS.
When ASUS finally unveiled the Padfone at Mobile World Congress, they promised an April release. Looks like things are on track because it’s going up for pre-order tomorrow in Taiwan with a mid-April release. If you want to buy the phone on its own, the cost will be NT$17,990 ($610). This is where things get really expensive. If you want the tablet set which would include the phone, tablet dock, and bluetooth stylus/headset combo, the cost is NT$24,980 ($850). Now if you really have some money to burn you could throw in the keyboard dock for a final price of NT$28,901 ($980). For those that pre-order, they will throw in an extra battery.
We knew this bad boy wasn’t going to be cheap, but please understand these are “no contract” pricing. If you really think about it, the tablet dock is $240 which isn’t bad considering that you will have full connectivity with the carrier at no extra charge. You would have to pay upwards of $600 (off contract) for a tab with carrier connectivity, not to mention you would have to pay for data. What do you guys think?
Somewhere out there are a handful of Motorola DROID RAZR smartphones with a leaked Android 4.0 build. In addition to the standard frills of ICS, there was mention of updated WebTop software in the form of WebTop 3.0 Beta. A curious DROID RAZR owner decided to test out the new enhancements to the WebTop software and found some surprising differences between the previous and new versions of the software. You’ll find that not only has MOTO revamped the laptop UI by removing excessive items which bogged down the interface, MOTO modeled the same UI to more of a tablet UI. Because ICS was made for any screen, you’re essentially seeing a blown up screen of the DROID RAZR instead of a custom UI when in WebTop mode. Looks like MOTO has taken a cue from ASUS and it’s intriguing PadFone.
Words can’t describe how the new WebTop looks and acts until you see it live. So why not hit the break to get a better understanding of the new software?