It’s that time of the year when ASUS always posts a teaser for something new at CES. This time around, we should be expecting something that dual boots. Could it be the tablet that recently passed through the FCC that supports both Windows 8 and Android 4.4? Check out the short video after the break.
While the PadFone Infinity is set to be released in the US sometime in the near future and the new PadFone mini was just announced last week, it seems there’s a new PadFone being released by ASUS soon as well. It’s called the PadFone X, and it was recently spotted in AnTuTu’s benchmark database.
The PadFone X is supposedly the successor to the PadFone 2 which was released last year, and there are a number of things that we can tell from its appearance in the database. First of all, it will be running Android 4.4 and will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Not only that, it also has a 1200 x 1920 screen resolution, thought the size of the screen remains unknown. Other details include a rear-facing camera of at least 5MP, 2Gb of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory.
The device itself scored very high in the benchmark tests, but we still don’t know when it will be released. Will we see the PadFone X in the US? We certainly hope so!
CES is quickly approaching and a lot of companies will be unveiling a few goodies. ASUS is one of those companies as they just sent out invites for an event on January 6, which is the big press day for CES. What exactly will ASUS unveil? Probably a refreshed tablet(s) for the Transformer line and/or MeMoPad is my best guess, but we will know for sure in just under a month.
ASUS first introduced its PadFone back in 2011 at Computex, using Taiwan as a testbed, and selling over 10,000 PadFones a month between April and August. ASUS also launched the original PadFone Infinity there in May, and managed to sell between 200 and 300 devices daily between June and August.
After all this testing, an updated PadFone Infinity was released in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Russia, UAE, and a large portion of Europe. Now it finally looks as though the PadFone will be making its way to the US.
As expected, ASUS unveiled the PadFone Mini in Taiwan. The phone will sport a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display and the tablet dock will come in at 7-inches (1280 x 800 display). The rest of the specs (of the phone) include a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 8MP rear camera, 1,500mAh battery, and Android 4.3. The dock also includes a 2.300mAh battery.
There is also a Hi-Light “Owl Mode” for better photos in low light. It’s priced at NT$11,990 ($405), which is unbelievably cheap when you consider what you’re getting. The initial plan is for it to be available in China, Russia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia, but don’t count the U.S. out. Hit the break for a quick video.
Courtesy of @evleaks, we’re getting a good look at the Asus Padfone Mini. It looks fairly similar to the original Asus Padfone, although a bit more refined. The phone piece of the Padfone will sport a 7 inch screen, and the tablet looks like it’s roughly 7 inches. Unfortunately, no word on specs, but we’d heard that the Padfone Mini would have a quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU. We should hear an official announcement from Asus about this phone/tablet hybrid fairly soon.
A new Asus tablet just passed through the halls of the FCC, which is able to dual-boot into both Windows 8 and Android 4.4, much like its previously released Transformer Book Trio.
The tablet currently has three model names, M82T, L82T, and R82T— the difference in the variants are unknown to us at this point. The tablet should pack an Intel Atom Bay Trail CPU, which could be either the Z3740 or the Z3770. The battery is 2910mAh, and internal storage should be offered in both 32GB or 64GB.
Just by looking at it, it seems that it could be a 7-inch display, but screen size and resolution were not mentioned.
A Windows-only variant of the device actually has three model numbers, M80T, L80T, R80T, while an Android-only variant also has three model numbers, M81T, L81T, R81T. Again, differences between Windows-only and Android-only model numbers (separately) are unknown to us at this point.
Looks like Asus is having a big day. The first big new from the tech manufacturer is that they’re readying a wearable device similar to Google Glass and it will be announced at Computex next year, which takes place in Taipei from June 3rd to June 7th in 2014. Unfortunately because of how early this news comes, it means there’s no solid information about the device itself. It seems like everyone else is pursuing glasses and watches, though, so don’t be surprised if we start to hear about either of those from Asus soon.
The second bit of news relates to next year’s inevitable refresh of Google’s flagship 7 inch tablet, the Asus-made Nexus 7. Originally, there was some speculation that Google would pick a different manufacturer for the tablet because Asus was focusing more on their own line of tablets, but according to CEO Jerry Shen, that’s not necessarily the case. The company is still in talks with Google to make that manufacturing partnership happen. It doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see Asus make the next Nexus 7, but it’s clearly a valuable chunk of their business, and I’m sure they’d hate to see it picked up by another manufacturer (although I wouldn’t complain if Google got Sony on board with some of their Nexus devices)
With Google considering moving production to a company besides Asus because they want to focus on their own line of tablets, it really makes you wonder if we’ll ever see another Samsung Nexus tablet with the rumors about the direction they’ll be going in next year.
source: Phone Arena
Asus is one of Google’s closest manufacturing partners, having manufactured both versions of the Nexus 7, but they’ve never released a Chromebook despite pushing hard in the tablet landscape with Android. That’s going to change early next year, according to Asus.
Right now, Asus has a $249 Chromebook on the map to be released in Q1 of 2014. No official specs or anything, but they have announced that it will use Chrome OS and it’ll be competitively priced. On top of that, the company is considering launching another slightly cheaper Chromebook beside it for just $199. Those are two very attractive price points for a full Chromebook with Asus hardware.
Asus CEO Jerry Shen seems to think that Chromebook shipments will make up about 10% of all laptop sales next year, so he obviously wouldn’t want his company to be left out of that slice of market share. I’m sure we’ll hear more about these two new laptops within the next month or so.
source: Focus Taiwan
via: G For Games
ASUS has released a video showing a new product they are preparing to launch, the ASUS Miracast Dongle. Similar to the Google Chromecast, the Miracast Dongle plugs into your television’s HDMI port to deliver content on the big screen. Using an appropriate device, like an ASUS tablet, users then make a wireless connection and configure their device. Unlike the Google Chromecast, ASUS says their Miracast Dongle will enable users to mirror their entire tablet screen to the big screen. At the same time, it appears ASUS has figured out a way to initiate a mirroring session from an app delivering content and then letting the user access other apps on their device while content continues to play. Another difference compared to the Google Chromecast is support for dual-band wireless at both 2.4GHz and 5GHz to help reduce latency in signal delivery. » Read the rest