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    Is AT&T messing with us? AT&T might be messing with us. Why are we feeling so paranoid? Well there's this ASUS PadFone X we saw debut back at the CES in January, intended to be an AT&T exclusive. Like many PadFones before it, the X marries an Android smartphone with a tablet dock, allowing users to transition between device sizes in the blink of an eye. So far, so good, right? But then we waited for sales of the PadFone X to begin... and waited, and waited, and waited. Every once in a while AT&T acknowledges that this combo's still coming, trying to keep interest alive. The ...

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    What's worse, a device that you hear rumored for months and months but never seems ready to go official, or one that sees a formal announcement, but then never manages to actually go up for sale? It's been over one hundred days since ASUS announced the PadFone X at CES, to be an AT&T exclusive in the US. We were told that pricing, specs, and availability info would be forthcoming, and while we have gotten an update on those hardware details, there's been no news concerning a start of sales. Instead, AT&T's been talking about the PadFone X every few weeks, reminding us that it still ...

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    Back in February, we caught wind of a very odd rumor about the future of Google's Nexus family of Android hardware, suggesting that HTC would make a spectacular return to the tablet space by building a new Nexus tablet. While it would be very nice to see HTC revisit tablets and maybe even find that success that eluded it first time around, the whole theory was just a little bizarre; could something like this really happen? Well, that's what “supply chain sources” are saying over in Asia, as a new report doubles-down on this HTC Nexus theory. As the story goes, ASUS might not be feeling ...

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    Back at the CES in early January, ASUS announced the upcoming PadFone X for AT&T. Like PadFones before it, this would be a combination smartphone/tablet dock setup, this time with a five-inch phone and a nine-inch tablet, both full HD. While we got that display info, some general talk about a large battery, and confirmation of LTE-Advanced support, ASUS still hadn't revealed a lot of detail about this hardware. A couple weeks back we saw AT&T teasing the PadFone X, but it had no new hardware info to share, nor did it reveal anything about when sales might begin; would we ever make ...

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    Google does a great job when it comes to selling some very affordable, competitively performing Android hardware: we've come to expect nothing less from the company's Nexus family. But for all those awesome values on smartphones and tablets, the accessory situation has been a lot less attractive. While it might sound nice to get an officially sanctioned case to go with your new Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, Google's prices are on the steep side of things, and the designs haven't always won us over. But for all their failings, at least you could be comfortable knowing that official cases are going to ...

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    Both of Google's Nexus 7 have been renowned for being such great bargains. The current-gen Nexus 7, made by ASUS, retails for a staggeringly low $229, yet it features pretty impressive specifications and performance, all things considered. Samsung is no stranger to the small tablet category, but the real question is: can it's latest miniature tablet compete with the likes of Google's budget-friendly option? On a price scale, not quite. The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 retails for $399.99. But what about in value, performance, specs, and overall usability? That's what we aim to answer in this Galaxy ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how AT&T is now teasing the Asus PadFone X, and what this means for the product in the US market. We then talk about the all-new HTC One, and what to expect from its special dual cameras. Que focus later on the Snapdragon 800, and how a developer figured out how to allow an "always listening" feature, like on the Moto x. Apple vs Samsung follow as we talk about how the lawsuit is really focused on stripping Samsung from making smartphone profits. Then we end today's show talking about iOS 8 and even iOS 9, aside from the rumors of the ...

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    Two months have passed since CES, but plenty of the hardware that showed its face at the expo is still taking its sweet old time in getting to market. ASUS, for instance, announced a whole spread of new gear, much of which we're still waiting to show up. For instance, there's that really cool dual-OS Transformer Book Duet tablet, but rumors have suggested that Google might be trying to derail the project. We also got news at CES of the PadFone X, which was to be an AT&T exclusive; that's great, but when might it actually be available? We still haven't seen a firm date, but with ...

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    Of all the names you're hearing mentioned as we look forward to what to expect from MWC 2014, you probably haven't picked up on much chatter about ASUS. And really, considering how much hardware the company brought along to CES just last month, that's perfectly understandable. One of the most promising devices ASUS launched back then was its Transformer Book Duet, a tablet with a keyboard dock that could instantly switch back and forth between Android and Windows 8. Been wondering about when it might see the light of day? Us too, but now a new rumor claims that day may never come, thanks ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the launch of the Asus VivoTab Note 8 on the Microsoft Store for a very attractive price. Then we talk about the Nokia Normandy and the reports that the Wall Street Journal is pushing. Samsung follows the news as we talk about a possible "value edition" galaxy S 4, aside from a Galaxy Tab 4. HTC then hits rumor mill with the possible launch of mid-range phones along with the M8, and a possible Nexus 10 tablet. We end today's show talking about a recent study that shows the iPad mini as very easy to break. All this and more after the break. ...

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    For those of you interested in a productivity tablet that won't burn a hole in your wallet, Asus left us quite impressed at CES with its announcement of the Asus VivoTab Note 8. What made this tablet special is the fact that it's a full Windows 8.1 tablet that also supports a Wacom digitizer for stylus input, and that was aggressively priced at just $299, according to Asus. The tablet is now officially launched on the Microsoft Store, though with two minor set-backs as it's being priced $30 over the initial price that Asus confirmed, and also because it's already out of stock online, and ...

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    We may be nearly seven months removed from the initial launch of the second-gen Nexus 7, but Verizon has still not gotten around to officially offering the tablet on its network, despite compatible LTE bands. Recently, though, it's been looking like the carrier was finally coming around to the Nexus 7, and last week we both got an early look at Verizon-branded Nexus 7 accessories, as well as heard a rumored launch date: this Thursday, February 13. As we wait to see if that info's accurate, the retail leaks continue, with a shot of the Nexus 7's packaging, complete with Verizon logo. ...

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    It was a bit confusing to read about reports talking about a certain eight-inch Google Nexus 8, to be allegedly manufactured by ASUS, and then to read the reports that claimed HTC to be an upcoming OEM for a Google Nexus slate. However, today's reports are shedding just a tad more light on the events: the Nexus 8 is still, according to hear-say, going to be produced by ASUS. HTC, however, will be the one behind the Samsung-made Nexus 10 successor, claim "industry sources". Said sources also indicate that HTC has purportedly turned down Google's offer back in 2012, to be the OEM behind the ...

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    Verizon sure has been taking its sweet time in getting its act together with the 2013 Nexus 7. While the hardware has physically supported Verizon's LTE network this whole time, the carrier has been dragging its feet in officially welcoming the tablet, making it a real pain for anyone to activate – it's not like there weren't work-arounds, but we craved something more formal. Last fall, we heard that software issues might have been delaying Verizon's certification, and that the arrival of KitKat would finally start changing things – but even after Android 4.4 arrived, Verizon still ...

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    The Nexus "8", reportedly the next slate built by ASUS for Google, popped up in reports not so long ago. One such report claimed that it should land around mid-2014, and, based on these rumors, fan-made renders started to pop-up, like the one you see above. A similar report now claims that the Google Nexus 8 should avoid price competition in the seven-inch slate market. "Taiwan-based supply chain makers" claim that the Nexus 8 will be launched at the end of April, which is less than three months from now. Initial shipments should be around two million, said the same sources quoted in the ...

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