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ASUS ZenFone series debuts in Southeast Asia

Posted by wicked April - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

ASUS is finally bringing its new ZenFone smartphone series to the market, but it isn’t doing it first in primary regions. These Intel-powered devices are first landing on the shelves of stores and retailers in Southeast Asia, specifically in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

It isn’t uncommon for ASUS to launch budget devices with sometimes unremarkable hardware. And in that vein, the three members of the brand new ZenFone family, unveiled at CES early this year, are also quite nondescript. What makes them notable and interesting, however, is that they are all powered by a processor you usually don’t find inside a smartphone: an Intel Atom CPU. Intel has long been coveting a piece of the smartphone market but success has continually evaded its grasp. Though its Atom mobile processor has indeed been seen in both Android and Windows 8 tablets of late, the promise of an Intel-toting commercial smartphone has rarely been fulfilled.

That said, the ASUS ZenFone smartphones, as expected, occupy the lower ranges of the smartphone ladder. The 4-inch ZenFone 4, for example, only runs on a 1.2 GHz Z2520 Atom chip with 1 GB of RAM and resolution of 800×480. Both the ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6 have a faster 2 GHz Z2580 and actually both sport the same 1280×8720 screen resolution, despite having different screen sizes. All three will be running ASUS’ brand new ZenUI custom Android interface. But really, the highlight of these devices is the Intel processor, at least for those in the mobile tech world who will be eagerly awaiting reports of its performance, power consumption, and heat dissipation, in terms of a smartphone.

Of course, there is no denying that the price tags are quite tempting. In Singapore, the ZenFone 5 will debut next month with a price tag of 249 SGD, roughly $198, though no pricing or date for the ZenFone 4 and 6 have been given yet. While availability in Indonesia is still unclear, the prices already run thus: the ZenFone 4 will sell for 1,0990,000 IDR ($96), the ZenFone 5 for 2,099,000 IDR ($184), and even the most expensive ZenFone 6 only has a price tag of 3,099,000 IDR ($270). Unfortunately, ASUS has not yet disclosed market plans in either the US or Europe, which would definitely give these Intel smarpthone a very thorough testing.

VIA: CNET

10-inch ASUS Transformer Pad TF103 with KitKat & Bay Trail preview

Posted by Tom April - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

ASUS has leaked details of the latest Transformer model, the TF103, which will boast a 10-inch screen, run Android 4.4 KitKat and run on a meaty Bay Trail quad-core CPU.

It should come with a keyboard and will be powered by the Intel Atom Z3745 processor, have 1GB RAM and 16GB storage. It’s clocked at 1.33GHz but can be boosted to 1.83GHz with the turbo feature.

The TF103 also supports microSD expansion, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 and two cameras.

Via tablet-news

AT&T confirms Asus PadFone X specs, no word on release date

Posted by wicked March - 28 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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AT&T has officially announced the specs of the Asus PadFone X that they plan on offering eventually. Unfortunately, they didn’t give us any details in the way of pricing or a release date, but at least we know AT&T hasn’t forgotten about the device with the launches of some other high end devices coming up.

The PadFone X will feature a 5 inch, 1080p display, and the docking tablet will sport a 9 inch, 1920 x 1200 resolution screen. The internals of the device are very capable, with a Snapdragon 800 CPU on board, as well as 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, an SD card slot, and Android 4.4 on board. If you’re chasing the latest and greatest, this phone won’t fit the bill, but it’s shaping up to be a very powerful device nonetheless.

AT&T says they’ll release availability soon, so hopefully you won’t have to wait too much longer before you can get your hands on one of these. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

Source: AT&T

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ASUS PadFone X full specs detailed by AT&T

Posted by wicked March - 28 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Paving the way for an impending launch, AT&T has released the hardware information for the ASUS PadFone X to whet users’ appetites. Since the rather impressive specs match everything we already know about the device, all we really need now is the actual availability date and price.

The PadFone X is a rather strange variation of ASUS‘ growing PadFone line of smartphone/tablet hybrids. Design-wise, it is similar to any and all recent PadFone devices, save the PadFone Mini, in that you dock the main smartphone half of the duo into a PadFone Station tablet in a landscape orientation. The differences, then, lie inside the device.

This PadFone is by no means weak, sporting some of the highest components, at least as of late December 2013. We have a 5-inch smartphone display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. As mentioned elsewhere, ASUS went with a 9-inch tablet dock this time that manages to cram 1920×1200 pixels. The PadFone Station also sports dual front-facing speakers for a better audio experience. A 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, unfortunately not an 801, runs the whole show, on the smartphone of course. With 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, expandable to up to 64 GB via a microSD card, this device is definitely no pushover. And with a 2,300 mAh battery on the smartphone, paired with a 4,990 mAh battery on the tablet dock, you’re ensured to have long-lasting battery life on the go.

Observing the promotional video above reveals a textured back cover. But unlike Samsung’s faux leather, ASUS seems to have gone with something that looks like sandpaper up close. Hopefully it won’t feel that way. AT&T, unfortunately, is still keeping pricing and dates under wraps, but hopefully it won’t be long now.

SOURCE: AT&T

AT&T Releases Specs for ASUS PadFone X, Still No Release Date

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Ever since the PadFone X from ASUS was announced at CES this year, we have been patiently waiting to learn more about the device. We know that it will be on AT&T, that it will have LTE Advanced, feature HD Voice and VoLTE, but that was about it.

Today, AT&T has dropped the spec list for the phone/tablet hybrid to satisfy our appetite until the launch date. 

A few of the highlights would be that the PadFone X is launch with Kit Kat, a 13MP camera on the rear of the PadFone itself, and an unspecified 2.3GHz quad-core processor. What is awesome about this spec list is that the PadFone and the PadFone dock have their separate specs, which when combined make for one awesome device.

Unfortunately, we still do not have a set release date from ASUS or AT&T. AT&T promises that we are “one step closer” to getting our hands on it, but nothing more than that. As soon as we hear more, we will keep you updated.

Take a look at the spec list below.

Size

  • PadFone: 143.93 x 72.46 x 9.98 mm (150g)
  • PadFone Station: 250.4 x 172.25 x 11.63 mm (514g)

Operating System

  • Android 4.4 (KitKat)

Display

  • PadFone: 5”, 1920 x 1080 (441PPI)
  • PadFone Station: 9”, 1920 X 1200 (252PPI)

Camera

  • PadFone: 13MP Pixel Master + 2MP front-facing
  • PadFone Station: 1MP front-facing

Processor

  • 2.3Ghz quad-core

Baseband chipset

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800

Internal Memory

  • 16GB (2GB RAM)

Memory Card

  • microSD™ slot in smartphone extends external memory up to 64GB

Wi-Fi

  • WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)

Bluetooth

  • BT 4.0

GPS

  • GPS/aGPS

Battery/HAC

  • PadFone : 2,300mAh
  • PadFone Station: 4,990mAh
Via: AT&T

ASUS FonePad 7 gets LTE upgrade

Posted by Tom March - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The hybrid ASUS FonePad 7 is hitting stores with an LTE upgrade. The latest model of the smartphone/tablet supports LTE and is dual-SIM – but the standard specs remain the same as the FonePad 7.
Namely a 7-inch 1280 x 800 pixel IPS screen, a dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor running at 1.6GHz and a 5MP back camera.

It also comes with 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, a microSD slot and a 1.2MP front-facing camera. The only unknown is whether it will still have a 3950 mAh battery, as the LTE addition will be a bigger drain on power.

Via tablet-news

ASUS PadFone X passes by FCC

Posted by wicked March - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

ASUS‘ smartphone/tablet hybrid will soon be ready for the US market if this latest appearance is any indication. The rather odd PadFone X was just spotted at the FCC, hinting to its nearing arrival on AT&T’s catalog.

Revealed at CES 2014 last January, the ASUS PadFone X is a rather strange hybrid of specs and sizes from the manufacturer’s other PadFone products. On the smartphone side, it boasts high-end specs similar to the new PadFone Infinity, with a 2.3 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2 GB of RAM and the latest Android version, which means Android 4.4 here. The device has a 5-inch Full HD screen which is currently presumed to have a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels.

Things get a bit unconventional on the tablet side. Instead of a full 10.1-inch like the PadFone Infinity, or an extra small 7-inch like the PadFone Mini, ASUS has gone with a 9-inch dock instead. The tablet at least also packs a Full HD screen, believed to be 1920×1200, and of course the extended battery.

ASUS has already announced that the PadFone X will be coming by way of AT&T exclusively. So far, no further details have been revealed, like launch date or price tags. Its presence at the FCC, however, could mean that it is almost all but ready to make its debut in the US market.

SOURCE: FCC
VIA: Liliputing

ASUS VivoTab Note 8: Win 8.1 tablet unboxed

Posted by Tom March - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Tablet-news has unboxed the ASUS VivoTab Note 8 Windows 8.1 tablet and committed the results to video.

The 8-inch VivoTab Note 8 has a Wacom stylus and more than 1000 pressure levels. It runs Windows 8.1 on a quad-core Intel Atom Z3740 1.86GHz processor and has 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM and the choice of 32 or 64GB storage.

It’s also got Intel HD Graphics with Direct X11 support, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, Mircast and two cameras (5 and 1.26-megapixels.

Check out tablet-news for the video.

Nexus 8 could come at a premium price point

Posted by wicked March - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

nexus_8_promotional_fullsizeWith sales of the Nexus 7 not hitting their mark, rumor has it that Google is already looking to July to release a new generation of tablet that’s just a little bigger. More rumors have the 8-inch tablet coming in at close to nine, 8.9 inches to be exact. While the Nexus line is famous for bringing quality hardware at a lower-than-premium price point, a new rumor suggests that this new tablet will break away from that tradition.

In an email to C-Net, Rhoda Alexander, director of  tablet and monitor research at IHS Technology, the tablet is expected to be “high-performance” and as such, will come with a premium price tag. She says:

“Volume production is expected to start in July or August,” Alexander said. “The expectation is [that] this will be a lower volume product, carrying a premium price tag to support the specifications.”

Given that there was a rumor that HTC was picked for a premium Nexus tablet this year, it could be the company that’s working on this tablet, even with Asus being pegged for the third generation of the smaller tablet.

HTC will make the new 8-inch tablet, according to Alexander. It could be that HTC will make the Nexus 8, and that Google will continue on with a Nexus 7 tablet made by Asus. Of course, that’s speculation.

As far as pricing is concerned Alexander, “would not be surprised if it is higher than $299.” Given that this would be a premium low-volume tablet, that’s not surprising.

Regardless, all of this is rumor and speculation. Of course, we’ll update you when we know something more official. Most likely, nearer to July.

source: C-Net

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Asus halts dual-boot devices after pressure from Google and Microsoft

Posted by wicked March - 14 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

As you may expect, neither Google nor Microsoft are happy about dual booting devices. Both feel it takes away form what they have on offer, and has the potential to confuse customers. Asus had an Android/Windows device in the works, but has reportedly shelved it due to pressure form both Google and Microsoft.

The Transformer Book Duet TD300 was set to be a convertible device, switching from Windows notebook device to an Android clamshell tablet — or vice versa. The dual-booting device was set to go on sale the second half of this year, but Asus is now gun shy of running afould of two major partners. It straddles the line between OS, form factor, and direction. Asus cut their teeth in the PC business, but has since begun migrating to mobile devices while the PC sector shrinks.

Google’s Android is open source, but to get the apps that make it appealing, like Maps or Search, a device must have Google’s blessing. Similarly, Microsoft has recently changed their stance on device support, and will not acknowledge a dual-booting device. The difference is that Android is open while Windows — in any form — is not.

Asus will also discontinue sale of current dual-booting devices, two of which are currently on the market. A person familiar with the matter tells The Wall Street Journal Microsoft’s consternation here comes from ongoing patent disputes with various Android OEMs. Distancing themselves from Android is also helpful in staking their own claim to mobile with Windows Phone.