Posts tagged with: Asus
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    Has it been a week already? Last Monday we were still gearing-up for IFA 2014, preparing ourselves for the torrent of phone, tablet, and wearable news that would consumer our lives for the days to come. We had high expectations going in, having heard no shortage of rumors for what new products would be on the expo floor, and that's not even touching upon the many launches we saw in the weeks leading up to the conference, from manufacturers too eager to wait for IFA itself. With our crack team of Taylor Martin and Michael Fisher on the ground, we've brought you hands-on report after ...

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    For the bloggers that cover them, one of the greatest things about trade shows is the opportunity to connect with counterparts from other publications ... and to podcast with them. Sometimes the best salve for a salvo of comparison videos shot back-to-back over 13 hours is a few minutes in front of the mic with friends, picking up the pieces while picking out the messages, trends, and lessons from the show. Helping us do that on today's Pocketnow Weekly podcast are two luminaries of the mobile tech world, both of whom have been on our guest "wish list" for over a year. Fresh from ...

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    We knew that ASUS was preparing an Android Wear-powered smartwatch, called the ZenWatch, as the company itself was hard at work teasing the gadget. IFA 2014 might officially start only on the 5th of September, but ASUS has kicked off the show with a special event where the company made the ZenWatch official. The front is taken up by a 1.63-inch AMOLED screen with 320 x 320 resolution, pretty much like on the Samsung Gear Live, among the first wearables to ship with Android Wear. The similarities with Samsung's offering don't stop at the screen and resolution, but also extend to the ...

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    Among all the wearables we're expecting for IFA 2014, the ASUS ZenWatch isn't really one of the highest-profile; it lacks the circular display of the Moto 360 or LG G Watch R, or even the curved display or 3G radio of the Samsung Gear S. What little we've seen of the design looks nice enough, almost like a river-smoothed pebble (a page that sounds like it might come from Samsung's playbook), but really the smartwatch's biggest selling point may be its price. We still don't have a confirmed figure, with the launch announcement not scheduled until tomorrow, but some recent comments from CEO ...

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    Who's ready for a little Funkausstellung? We're about a week away from the start of IFA 2014, where mobile device manufacturers from all around the world will descend on Berlin to show off their newest products. The F in IFA –Funkausstellung– may translate as “radio show,” but the expo has evolved far beyond its early audio roots to feature the very latest in smartphones, tablets, and wearables. The Pocketnow team will be on the ground in Germany to share with you everything IFA 2014 has to deliver (or at least, everything worth seeing) but before we send our boys abroad, we wanted ...

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    Smartwatches are promising to be some of the real spotlight-stealers at IFA next week, where models like a new curved-display, cellular-connected Gear from Samsung, and that round-faced LG G Watch R are expected. Last week, we saw ASUS start dropping hints that it, too, was preparing to introduce a smartwatch at IFA, one rumors had previously suggested could be the lowest-priced Android Wear model to date, by a wide margin. The company followed that up with some additional teasers, revealing design sketches, and now it's back with a short video and a name for this smartwatch: the ASUS ...

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    Even though the smartwatch has gone off to a slow start, that doesn't mean that there isn't a lot of promise in this market. With devices like the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R in the pipeline, it's clear that we're just scratching the surface when it comes to design and features, though these are not the only devices to look forward to later this year. ASUS has spent the last couple of weeks teasing what we can expect from the company at IFA 2014. Among the devices we've seen featured, the hottest one is the company's smartwatch offering, and today we find another teaser about it. The ...

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    Waiting for the Asus PadFone X to launch on AT&T was rather disappointing. Both companies kept promising the launch, and it took longer than most people were willing to wait. As a result, even though we found this product to be "decent" in our review, it was a little too late to keep the amount of buzz that surrounded it. What's interesting is that it seems that Asus and AT&T weren't finished with what was started, and new rumors point to more products in the pipeline. The Asus PadFone X mini just stopped by the FCC, and judging by the cellular bands that it supports, it's clear ...

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    ASUS has been talking about releasing a smartwatch for a while now, and this past spring the company's CEO offered Q3 2014 as a likely launch window. Rumors have since suggested that this would be an Android Wear device, and one that would stand out from the pack both by means of an extremely low price tag, as well as a noticeably slim build. The other day brought us notice that ASUS is hosting an IFA 2014 press event; might this smartwatch make an appearance? We're leaning very strongly towards “yes” after seeing the teaser the company distributed on social media early this morning. ...

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    IFA 2014 is set to be a very hot event this year. In previous years we've seen Samsung take the cake with its Galaxy Note launches, but we've also seen some great Sony and Nokia announcements as well. This year is poised to be an even bigger year for mobile, and Asus has just decided to let us know it wants a piece of the pie. Asus has just sent out press invitations for its event to happen on September 3rd. Sadly the invite doesn't shed any light on anything the company is announcing, but we have seen a very aggressive Asus this year with 8 smartphones and 7 tablets launched in the past ...

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    Earlier this year, we were still talking about the idea of ASUS stepping up to the Nexus tablet plate for a third time, and delivering some sort of Nexus 8. Specifically, we heard that this new tablet might ditch the NVIDIA and Qualcomm SoCs the series had used in the past and could move to an Intel chip. At first it sounded like we were looking at a Bay Trail platform, then later one of Intel's new Moorefield designs. While that ASUS Nexus 8 clearly hasn't happened, we're still getting some new tablets that aren't not too far off from where these rumors were pointing, and this week a new ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    Google's Android L release so far has differed from the norm in as many ways as possible -- for one, an early developer preview version has been made available for non-public consumption until the general release comes around this fall. Now, an AOSP push has begun for the Android L developer preview source code for most Nexus devices. To be clear, as Googler Bill Yi puts it (in the source link below), this is "not a full platform update and only for reference." That means, yes, custom ROMs based off of this code won't be possible quite yet. For the devs among you, we're sure you want ...

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    The first Android Wear devices are up for sale, and those of you who got your orders in for the LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live should see them start shipping out in just over a week. Priced at around $230 and $200, respectively, both models are pretty approachable; this may not be buy-it-on-a-whim money or anything, but they're quite a bit more affordable than, say, the $300 Samsung Gear 2. But is this sort of ~$200 level going to be where additional Android Wear models land, as well? Pricing for the Moto 360 isn't yet available, but it's almost certainly going to come in more expensive ...

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    We're fresh off of the launch of Android L, and we were told a developer preview would be launching tomorrow. We're now hearing more about when exactly this developer preview will be launching, and which devices will be initially able to get in on the fun. The preview will be available as factory images, presumably on Google's usual site (linked in the source below). This site has never been restricted to developers only in the past, so we're not sure if a developer account will be required to download and install this Android L developer preview. Installation should be a cinch with some ...

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    Not long ago we had the opportunity to share our experiences with a unique device: the Asus PadFone X. If you haven't checked out our full review, make sure you find out why we call it "a beginner's flagship with a tablet in the box". Just like most of our reviews, we get our hands on the device, we run it through its paces, we write up our thoughts, and move on to the next device. This one was "different" and we wanted to give it a little bit more than just a normal review, because it's anything but a "normal" device. The PadFone X is a smartphone. It's also a tablet. Add on it's ...

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    Android 4.4.3 is still brand new, with only certain Nexus, Google Play Edition, and Motorola devices having received it at this point (and even within this select group, there are issues). In an incredibly odd move, however, Google has released factory images for Android 4.4.4 (build number KTU84P). At first glance, there isn't much difference, but there of course is that little something that caused Google to release the update so soon after 4.4.3. Both factory images and binaries have been posted for KTU84P, with only certain Nexus devices seeing the love at this time -- there's ...

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    One of the best tablets of 2013 was easily the Nexus 7 2013, the second collaboration between Asus and Google for a pure Android device. The tablet itself was already touted for its remarkable price, but this Nexus 7 2013 sale brings it down to a ridiculous $150 -- that's a full $80 less than its usual asking price. The Nexus 7 2013 includes a 7" 1920x1200 display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro at 1.5 GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage, and the latest version of Android (4.4.3). As the device is a Nexus, Google will continue to support it with speedy updates for many ...

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    I have always fancied ASUS as one of the more creative and ambitious Android manufacturers in the space. No, ASUS isn't exactly one of the top smartphone or tablet manufacturers; it's nowhere near as successful as many other brands in the mobile realm, especially here in the States. But that hasn't stopped it from trying to push boundaries, thinking outside the box, and daring to be different. Today, ASUS isn't exactly creating groundbreaking products. The Transformer tablets from early 2011 to mid-2012 were novel, Android-powered tablet-netbook hybrid devices that no one else – at least ...

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    If you've wanted to purchase a Nexus 7 2013, you've probably already bought it at full price, or hopped on a deal to grab it at a reduced price by now. If you haven't, though, there's never been a better time to do it -- eBay today is listing the 32GB model for just shy of $190, $80 short of the model's usual retail listing. For those unfamiliar with the tablet, it boasts a 7" display with a resolution of 1920x1200, 2GB of RAM, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, and is updatable to the latest version of Android, 4.4.3 KitKat. The seller has an impeccable rating on eBay, and ...

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    iOS 8 is here –in Beta form, at least– and (surprise, surprise) we've got some opinions. For the last Weekly podcast to begin with a "0," we bring in the big guns to discuss Apple's new platform: a four-man team that includes our resident iOS experts, one of whom joins in from the blazing heat of a car baking in the North Carolina sun just to tell us his take on the iPhone 6 and how it will/won't/might end up being a phablet. Of course we don't stop with Apple: a panoply of mobile devices, from the LG G3 to the Galaxy S5 Active to the Motorola X+1, awaits our speculation, adulation, ...

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    When it rains mobile devices at AT&T, it pours. At least, that's what this new onslaught suggests -- the ASUS PadFone X, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, and Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 are all now available from purchase from the United States's second largest wireless carrier. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is a mid-range tablet, with not many impressive specs. It features a Snapdragon 400 processor, and a 10.1-inch display with a mediocre screen resolution of 1280x800. It costs $379 on a two-year data plan contract, and $479 off-contract. Alternatively, it can be financed through AT&T, which ...

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    Need something to help you bite the bullet on a brand-new Nexus 7 2013? Google may have you covered. Its latest Nexus 7 2013 deal tacks on a few months of Google Play Music All Access to the purchase of the tablet. If you haven't already subscribed to All Access, or had a free trial in the past, you're eligible to get three free months of the streaming-music service. This is valued at just south of $30, which is a fairly decent discount (considering this tablet only costs $230). To recap the technical specifications of the device briefly, it features a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro ...

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    Back in 2012, in one of my first-ever editorials for Pocketnow, I called the first-generation ASUS PadFone an answer to a question no one was asking. I admired that it "cheated the system by changing the rules," providing a continuous computing experience across a smartphone and a tablet, but found its hardware-based approach antiquated. In a world where more and more of our content resides in the cloud, I reasoned, what place does a dumb-terminal tablet have? Three generations later, ASUS still believes the PadFone concept has legs – and AT&T seems to agree. But in a reversal of the ...

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    Asus may have taken for ever to launch its first PadFone model in the United States, so much so that we're still waiting for it. Still the device is now official, you should see it in retail stores in the next few days, but there is a sad catch with this device, and it's that it's an AT&T exclusive. Those of you interested in this device, which we're currently dissecting in our Pocketnow Labs, but you don't want to use it on AT&T, or you want it abroad, it seems that Asus has decided to cut you some slack. Both devices are pretty much the same; you're looking at a 5-inch phone ...

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