ASUS announced several new devices today in conjunction with IFA 2013. The devices include a couple Fonepad devices in the 6- and 7-inch range, 8- and 10-inch MeMO Pad tablets, and a couple Transformer devices. The Fonepad 7 is a 7-inch tablet with telephony features for folks who might prefer a speaker phone setup, or holding a really big device up to their head. The Fonepad 7 has a 1280×800 LCD display, a 5 MP rear facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, runs Android 4.2 and is powered by an Intel ATOM dual-core processor. Three versions with 8, 16 or 32 GB of storage will be available and a microSD slot is included for expansion. » Read the rest
We knew that ASUS was on its way to creating a new FonePad, and today we get to see what they’ve come up with. The company is announcing the new FonePad 7, which features a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5MP rear-facing camera with an F2.4 lens, 8GB of internal storage and microSD card support of up to 64GB.
It’s very similar to its predecessor, with of course better hardware like an enhanced processor, camera, and dual-front speakers with Sonic Master technology. We’re sure to hear more of the new FonePad at the IFA this week, so stay tuned to Talk Android for more information on ASUS’s new device.
The successor to the ASUS Padfone Infinity showed up in benchmarks late last month, and now we have some pictures. In the images (above and below), the white phone is the newer A86, while the black one is the current A80 model. There really isn’t too much that you will find different with the A86, at least cosmetically. The main difference will be internally as the A86 will sport a Snapdragon 800 SoC instead of the A80′s Snapdragon 600.
The A86 is expected to land in Taiwan by the middle of September, and unlikely to be offered in the U.S.
It looks like Asus is working on an unknown Asus Eee Pad, nicknamed Taurus, with a very high-end display. Including on-screen buttons, the 10 inch screen which popped up on the GFX Benchmark site has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 which brings the pixel density count to a Retina display topping 299ppi. That’s better than Apple’s 264ppi count for the 9.7 inch glass on the fourth gen Apple iPad.
The device also packs in a quad-core 1.9GHz Tegra 4 CPU. There’s a good possibility we’ll see more of the device at the IFA show in Berlin next month.
Last week we reported on a roadmap of ASUS smartphone and tablet devices apparently scheduled for release sometime in 2013. New details have emerged about some of the devices. The ASUS FonePad will be renamed the FonePad HD 7 when refreshed later this year and will come with an Intel Atom Z2560 processor matched with either 8GB or 32GB of memory, 1GB of RAM, a 7-inch 1280×800 resolution screen, and a slightly upgraded camera that can snap pics at 5MP versus the current 3MP resolution. The new FonePad HD 7 is expected to ship with Android 4.2.
The second device that we know a little bit more about is the MeMO Pad HD 10. This 10.1-inch tablet will come with an ARM-based processor from Rockchip running at 1.6GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of memory, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G mobile data capabilities. Like the FonePad HD 7, the MeMO Pad HD 10 will run Android 4.2. Note that the MeMO Pad HD 10 was not listed on the slide released last week outlining ASUS’s strategy.
The last device that we have some more information about is the MeMO Pad HD 8. The resolution for this device is reportedly 1280×800 on an 8-inch screen. Other than the reduction in size, it appears the hardware and operating system will be the same as the MeMO Pad HD 10 device.
ASUS has lots of other devices they are planning to bring to market in the next few months, so you can expect more leaks and information to surface regarding hardware specs.
source: Unwired View
After seeing less-than-promising numbers in Q3 2013, ASUS will be looking to jump into the Chromebook market as soon as the fourth quarter in an effort to gain back some of its notebook sales (which are currently sinking).
It’s a bit of a desperation move by the company, but hey— if they think it’s going to get them back to the sales numbers they were experiencing before, then all the power to them. Hopefully ASUS can bring some excitement back to the Chromebook brand, which has seemingly faltered a bit since its initial announcement. No news on how many Chromebooks the company will be creating, or on any of the specs we can expect to see.
If you bought a new Nexus 7 tablet and you aren’t having any issues with it, consider yourself lucky. First we caught wind of GPS issues plaguing early units, and now owners are reporting touch screen problems with some tablets. Unfortunately for touch screen issues, it’s not always something as simple as software like the GPS bug.
Supposedly, some tablets are experiencing unintended double taps, ghost taps, and erratic behavior on the screen, which is never something you want to see on your brand new tablet. Google has suggested users boot into safe mode to try to determine if any third-party app is causing the problems, but if that doesn’t cure it, your best bet is to contact Google directly. Returning the tablet to wherever you bought it is also an option (assuming you didn’t buy it from the Play Store) but you may end up with another tab with the same issues.
Any readers out there having Nexus 7 touch screen problems?
source: Google Product Forums
via: Phone Arena
ASUS gave a presentation in France earlier today to discuss their roadmap for tablet and smartphone devices, including intentions to get into the U.S. market with their smartphone devices. Two slides from the presentation show the breakdown of devices in each class. Common to both smartphones and tablet devices is the MeMO line, with the MeMOFone HD 5 apparently headed to the U.S. market. Other smartphone devices include the PadFone Infinity, PadFone mini, FonePad HD 7 and FonePad Note FHD 6. The last item in that list appears to imply ASUS will be producing a stylus equipped device to compete in that market. » Read the rest
Well here’s some surprising news for a Friday morning. I would have bet a lot of money that Samsung would be making the Nexus 10 refresh, but apparently it’s going to be ASUS. ASUS did a fantastic job with the Nexus 7 refresh so I’m sure they will do a great job with the N10. Still, one has to wonder why Google would switch from Samsung. The Nexus 10 wasn’t the most popular tablet, but it was a darn good one with the amazing display and performance. Maybe ASUS outbid Samsung or maybe this is Google distancing themselves a little from the beast that Samsung is.
Whatever it is, we may never know, but one thing we can be sure on is that it will be available by the end of this year and priced the similarly. We can probably expect the same resolution of 2560×1600, but the processor is likely to be switched to Qualcomm. I would like to see the Snapdragon 800, but based on what is in the new Nexus 7, that might be wishful thinking.
According to the latest snooping in the supply chain, ASUS is on track to ship roughly 3.5 million new Nexus 7 tablets this year. At first, that might seem like a great number for the remainder of the year, but when you consider that the first generation Nexus 7 has shipped over 6 million units and the second half of the year is generally always strongest for technology sales thanks to the holidays, that 3.5 million probably isn’t as high as it should be. Part of the reason is speculated to be that the device will never be available in China because of some Google/China disagreements, as well as some pretty stiff competition in the 7-inch tablet space.
Regardless, this will probably still be a hot ticket item around Christmas in the States this year.