ASUS shares a little more info on upcoming smart watch device

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Like so many tech companies, ASUS is scrambling to become a player in the “wearable device” market. According to previous reports, their first device to reach the market is shaping up to be a smartwatch that will be “feature packed.” In an interview over the weekend, chairman of the board Jonney Shih indicated the new device will likely be used to complement a smartphone as opposed to being a standalone device. He also hopes to incorporate “more natural user interfaces such as voice or movement controls.”
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ASUS’ Chromebox can be pre-ordered for $179, ships next week

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Still waiting for the release of ASUS’ Chromebox? It is coming next week. The small Chrome OS machine is now up for pre-order at online retailers like Amazon, Newegg, and TigerDirect. Pricing starts at $179 and it will ship next week on March 14. This base price gets you Intel’s Celeron 2955U Haswell processor; however, you can upgrade to their i3 Core processor. Just remember, it may be worth the upgrade depending upon how hard you plan on working the system.

Hit any one of the source links to pre-order one.

Source: Amazon, Newegg, TigerDirect

Asus TF103 and Asus TF303 leaked

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A couple of new Asus Transformer Pads have been leaked, the TF 303 and TF103. Both will look identical to each other except the 103 will be the lower-spec’d version of the 303. The 303 is expected to don Intel’s new Bay Trail processor paired with Android 4.4 KitKat. Both devices will also have a 10.1″ screen with speakers on the front. Not much else is known about these two devices, but you can expect more to come out as time goes by!


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Android claims 62% of tablet market during 2013 as Apple’s share slides

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Echoing earlier research, Gartner announced today that worldwide sales of tablets in 2013 totaled 195.4 million units with Android laying claim to 62% of the market. The big beneficiary of Android’s growth, driven by users snapping up smaller, lower-end devices, was Samsung who sold just over 37 million units. Meanwhile, Samsung’s biggest rival, Apple, saw their market share slide from almost 53% to only 36% despite selling 9 million more units compared to the prior year. The silver lining for Apple was that they continue to retain the title of largest tablet manufacturer. Although Samsung is closing the gap quickly, Apple still sold about twice as many tablets as Samsung.

Meanwhile, Asus, Amazon and Lenovo rounded out the top five manufacturers. Of those three, Lenovo saw unit sales increase by 198% to 6.5 million units. Microsoft managed to increase their tablet shipments from 1.2 million to 4 million units during 2013, continuing to hold 2.1% of the market.

source: Computerworld

Android and ZenUI software upgrades announced for ASUS Padfone 2 and Padfone Infinity

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Today ASUS announced that they are preparing Android 4.4 updates for the Padfone 2, and both the old and new Padfone Infinity‘s. For the Padfone 2 and the old Padfone Infinity, this update will arrive by the end of Q2 this year. The new Padfone Inifinity will get the update during Q3. Not only that, but with the upgrades will come updates to Asus’ ZenUI, the new user interface that ASUS has developed for its mobile devices.

Thanks Steven!!

Source: ASUS

Asus releases wireless and wired docks for Nexus 7 2013

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The 2013 model of the Google Nexus 7 was released way back in July, but Asus has just released both wired and wireless docks for the device. Although there are already a number of third party docks on the market, many people have likely been waiting for the official Asus ones.

Both docks can be purchased from a number of different retailers, including Amazon. While they both certainly look pretty nice, they come at a price, with the wired one costing $50 and the wireless one coming in at $90.

This may seem like a lot of money, especially when you consider the fact that many third part docks come in at around half that price, however a lot can be said about the quality and reliability of official accessories.

Source: Amazon (Wireless) and Amazon (Wired)

ASUS Transformer Book Duet TD300 gets cancelled due to pressure from Google

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ASUS showed off their Transformer Book Duet TD300, a convertible tablet with a long name that ran both Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2, at CES just last month. The tablet looked pretty cool, giving you the best of both Android and a more traditional Windows operating system, and it could switch between the two on the fly. Unfortunately, it’s looking like the TD300 won’t ever make it past the design phase.

According to a Chinese publication, ASUS has cancelled the TD300, citing resistance from Google. It was originally slated to be released in the second quarter of this year to US markets, but apparently there was something about it that Google really, really didn’t like. ASUS didn’t comment on exactly what that reasoning was.
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Asus officially announces the PadFone Infinity Lite

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Asus has officially announced the PadFone Infinity Lite, featuring a Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and a 1080p 5-inch screen. It’s basically the PadFone Infinity with a slightly slower processor and a cheaper price price tag. Since it’s a PadFone, you do still get the option of docking the phone into the larger tablet dock that features a 10 inch 1080p screen, plus an extra 5,000 mAh battery.

Asus expects to release this device in March for roughly $463, and they’re offering the tablet dock for $230. It’ll initially be available in Taiwan, with no word on an international release.

There’s no denying that Asus likes their docking smartphone design, and I personally think it’s pretty cool in concept, but I’m not sure releasing barely-different models of the same device at multiple price points is the best way to gain market share.

source: Phone Arena

ASUS is readying a handheld gaming device called the Gamebox

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Well look at what we have here. A new handheld gaming device from ASUS, called the Gamebox, hit the AnTuTu benchmarks. On the surface, it would appear to be a NVIDIA Shield competitor, but it’s not all that different from the Shield. It sports a 1.9GHz quad-core Tegra 4, a GeForce ULP graphics chip, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and Android 4.3.


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Nexus 7 with 4G LTE coming to Verizon next week

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Finally! The Nexus 7 looks like it’ll be coming to Verizon next week— the most likely date is Feb. 13, but that could change. It’s been a long road, with a bunch of different excuses coming from Verizon as to why it has taken them so long to offer the tablet.

There isn’t any information on whether the tablets will be sold online, in-store, or both, but all that information should be available soon.

Source: Droid Life