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.┬áSince 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

Nexus 8 could arrive in April due to disappointing Nexus 7 2013 sales

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The rumored Nexus 8 could arrive sooner than expected. Rumors have the 8 inch tablet pegged as arriving mid 2014, but as Nexus 7 numbers continue to disappoint, that time frame has been moved up. The lack of sales appears to stem from a combination of bigger phone displays and other similar sized tablets. With phablets blurring the lines between bigger smartphones and smaller tablets, the need for smaller sized tablets has been decreasing.

According to DigiTimes, the Asus made tablet is expected to ship two million units starting out and should arrive at the end of April. Even though it’s rumored that HTC has won the bid for a new Nexus tablet it looks like Asus will be making this one.

source: DigiTimes

Asus announces a new Haswell Chromebox

AsusChromeboxTopAsus announced this morning a new Chromebox with a few more ponies under the hood. Just a five months after Google announced that new Chromebooks would feature Haswell processors, the new Chromebox will house either an i3-4010U or Celeron 2955U Haswell processor also. There is an i7 variant but, sadly, that’s not going to be available in the US. The Chromebox will have options for 2GB or 4GB of RAM and will come with integrated Intel HD graphics. The standard 16GB SSD with 100GB Google Drive storage is onboard. It will come with both ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n dual-band WiFi, four USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0 and an SD card reader.There is both an HDMI and Display Port.

The Chromebox will come with a VESA display mount. There is also a wireless keyboard and mouse option for an extra price. As far as what to expect, the device functions just like previous generation Chromeboxs and Chromebooks. It will boost up almost instantaneously, and will feature the cloud-based services that the Chrome OS is famous for. The boxes will start shipping in March and will be available starting at $179.

source: PC World

 

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

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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