New Nexus 8 Information Surfaces: To Debut Mid-2014 and Will Be Made by Asus

nexus_8_promotionalShortly after the release of the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4, news circulated the internet suggesting that Google was working on an eight inch Nexus tablet. This news was all but confirmed with a photo that was found online. Google quickly squashed rumors though with a touched up photo that made it look like a Nexus 7. The idea of the Nexus 8 was dead. However, if current rumors are correct, it may have risen from the grave.

If recent reports are any indication, Google is taking a hit on the second generation Nexus 7 due to competitors having lower-priced devices. That hit, may have pushed Google to consider a bigger Nexus. According to supply chain sources, Google may debut an eight inch Nexus by mid-2014 (typically the time frame the Nexus 7 debuts). Asus would also be making this tablet and it would run on Intel’s Bay Trail-T platform. More information regarding the new Google tablet is said to be unveiled over the next month.

Of course, it’s good to remain skeptical given the back and forth this tablet has already had. We’ll update you as soon as we know more.

source: DigiTimes

Android-powered Asus Transformer Pad (TF502T) launching soon


Asus is expected to launch its Transformer Pad TF502T soon— the tablet will be extremely similar to the company’s VivoTab RT TF600T in design and specs, but will run Android rather than Windows 8.

It is expected to be 8.3mm-thin, will feature a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display with 1366 x 768 pixels, a keyboard dock, the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, NFC capabilities, an 8MP shooter,2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 32GB of Asus WebStorage for three years, and will ship with Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean.

The Windows counterpart of the device is currently going for $299.99 on Amazon, so the Android-powered version, considering its similar specs, should go for around the same price. Release/announcement date is still unannounced.

Source: Phone Arena

Hands on with the ASUS Transformer Book Duet TD300 at CES 2014


ASUS had just about every kind of device you could think of at CES 2014. The new ZenFone series, PadFone Mini, and Transformer Book Duet TD300 were all announced. The Transformer Book Duet is a Dual OS device, meaning it can switch between Android and Windows at the press of a button. Inside is a powerful Intel processor and the 13.3-inch display is Full HD. Through our hands on, we found that ASUS was correct in saying it takes roughly four seconds to perform the switch.

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Hands on with the ASUS ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5, and ZenFone 6 at CES 2014


Today, ASUS announced a slew of new devices. First there was the Transformer Book Duet. Then the PadFone Mini was made official. But ASUS also announced three smartphones that make up their ZenFone series. The ZenFone 4, 5, 6 are all devices that have displays sized at their respective numbers. While they do not feature high-end specs, they provide an excellent low-cost option. We spent some time after this CES 2014 event to see what ASUS has to offer in 2014 with their Intel-powered smartphones.

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Hands on with the ASUS PadFone Mini at CES 2014


At their CES 2014 keynote, ASUS announced the PadFone Mini. The device packs a 4-inch smartphone inside of a 7-inch tablet. A dual-core Intel Atom processor powers the PadFone Mini and it ships with Android 4.3 covered by their ZenUI skin. We were able to get some hands on time after the keynote to play with this interesting combo.

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ASUS ZenFone 4, 5, 6 all get announced during CES keynote


Alongside the Transformer Book Duet TD300 and PadFone mini, ASUS announced three smartphones to join their new ZenFone series. The ZenFone 4, 5, and 6 all have displays that measure with their corresponding number. Each smartphone utilizes ASUS’ ZenUI (on top of Android 4.3) that does not actually seem offensive like other Android skins. They all use processors created by Intel, likely since the two companies have a partnership going on.

While the ZenFone 4 has a 800×480 resolution, the 5 and 6 have 720p displays. The rear cameras go from 5MP to 13MP depending on which model you look at. And if you have been envious of Nokia and their color choices, ASUS is going to offer the ZenFone series in many colors. The prices are $99, $149, $199 for the 4, 5, and 6, respectively. Not bad, especially considering that is without a contract.

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ASUS announces smaller $249 PadFone Mini smartphone/tablet combo

asus-padfone-mini-cesASUS has had a big day at its CES event today. Besides the PadFone X that they released, the PadFone Mini is also coming to the US for $249. It’s a smaller 4-inch smartphone and 7-inch tablet combo with a 1.6GHz dual-core Atom Z2560 chip, 8GB of storage and an 800 x 480 display. Asus’s new ZenUI interface will run on top of Android 4.3

Asus hasn’t announced exactly when we’ll see this Intel-powered PadFone, and how much it will run for when it is released, but we will  be sure to keep you updated.

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ASUS Transformer Book Duet is official, allows users to switch between Android and Windows for $600


At their CES 2014 keynote, ASUS has announced the Transformer Book Duet TD300. It is the first device announced that falls under Intel’s Dual OS category. Users can seamlessly switch between Windows 8.1 and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in a matter of four seconds. The display is 13.3 inches and has a 1080p resolution. It weighs just over four pounds and comes with a keyboard to take advantage of Windows’ productivity. The tablet itself is thick — roughly half of an inch.

Under the hood is where this device really shines. Intel President Renee James appeared on stage at the event to talk up its processor. The Transformer Book Duet will have their four generation Core i7 processor with 4GB of RAM. While there is a 128GB SSD, the keyboard dock adds 1TB of storage to the hard drive. When the Transformer Book Duet arrives, it will cost $600.

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