Posts tagged with: Asus
  • by | September 17, 2013 3:23 AM

    We knew we were supposed to expect a refresh thanks to recent leaks and today is the day ASUS announced the PadFone Infinity refresh. Just as the leaks implied, the new version rocks a faster processor, the quad-core Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.2GHz. A microSD card slot has also been added as well as a noise cancellation secondary microphone. While the camera is still the same 13-megapixel shooter, ASUS has implemented a software feature called PixelMaster which combines more pixels into a single one -- something Nokia pioneered with the original PureView, the 808, and they called if ...

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  • by | September 13, 2013 10:55 AM

    ASUS may have only launched the current PadFone Infinity back at the MWC in February, but it looks like it's already time for a follow-up to roll in and take its place; we just saw invitations go out for an ASUS launch event set to take place next Tuesday. While this new PadFone Infinity will likely mirror the external design of the current edition, we're expecting a number of internal improvements, like moving to a Snapdragon 800 for its SoC. Today we hear about another enhancement in store for the device, with a new rumor addressing its camera capabilities. While the new PadFone would ...

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  • by | September 12, 2013 8:30 AM

    The invitation above might not tell you too much but the meat of it is that ASUS is ready to announce the New ASUS PadFone Infinity on September 17, which is next Tuesday. We've already seen the current model, in our hands-on at this year's MWC, but the follow-up should be just as exciting. According to the leaks, and there were quite a few, we need to expect the same design, but improved specs. We should expect a Snapdragon 800 processor as well as a microSD card slot on the side. Oh, and there was also a white version being leaked. Check out the teaser video below and count the days, at ...

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  • by | September 10, 2013 12:27 PM

    Just as August was winding down, we caught wind that a new version of the Nexus 7 tablet was slowly creeping out to retail. When this year's Nexus 7 first went up for sale earlier this summer, we only saw the WiFi models available. Then late last month, the LTE-enabled version of the new Nexus 7 started being offered by European retailers. At the time we wondered how much longer US customers would have to wait for their own shot at this cell-connected tablet. Our answer came last night, as the LTE Nexus 7 2013 joined its WiFi-only brethren in the Google Play Store. The LTE version of the ...

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  • by | September 4, 2013 6:16 AM

    The first-generation Asus Fonepad was one of those devices that you didn't find logic for, unless you felt the desire to use your 7-inch tablet for phone calls, and yeah, our own Anton D. Nagy is one of those people that enjoyed it. Still, once we figured-out the fact that this product was based-off the Google Nexus 7 in design and most specifications, and it was clear that it shouldn't be a product to just ignore. Asus is now teasing their second-generation product, now dubbed the Fonepad 7, less than a year since the unveiling of the first one, and aside from bringing a ton of the design ...

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  • by | August 30, 2013 3:28 AM

    Remember the ASUS PadFone Infinity? It's the third iteration of the PadFone concept and it was unveiled at this year's MWC, where we made sure to check it out up-close and personal (that was the A80 model, powered by a Snapdragon 600 processor). Rumors have recently mentioned a possible refresh, with a Snapdragon 800 processor, and model number A86. Apparently, this follow-up will fit in its tablet housing/docking station perfectly, since ASUS maintained the exact outer aspect of the phone. The images above and below claim to depict the next generation device -- now, with a white option, ...

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  • by | August 28, 2013 2:34 PM

    It's been a little over a month by now since Google first announced the new 2013 version of its Nexus 7 tablet. We've seen sales of the tablet begin, and have generally been pleased with the hardware. However, we still haven't seen the complete new Nexus 7 picture, as Google has yet to get the ball rolling with sales of the LTE-enabled Nexus 7 – so far, it's only been pushing the WiFi model. Back at launchtime, Google indicated that the LTE Nexus 7 would become available in a few weeks – so where is it? While Google itself is keeping quiet, some retailers in Europe have begun ...

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  • by | August 13, 2013 12:02 PM

    This year's Nexus 7, though a fantastic tablet by many accounts, hasn't arrived without it's share of hiccups. First there was that business about Google Wallet incompatibility, and last week we heard about the AOSP mess that was driving Jean-Baptiste Quéru to abandon his role. Now we're learning about two more issues with the tablet, impairing both touch input and GPS functionality. The GPS issue manifests as everything starting out fine, with the tablet acquiring a satellite lock as normal, but eventually the lock is lost and no manner of effort seems able to get it back. The touch ...

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  • by | August 9, 2013 1:02 PM

    With the new Nexus 7 now a reality, Nexus tablet fans have been wondering what sort of 2013 hardware refresh might be similarly in store for the Nexus 10. Back at the new Nexus 7 launch, we heard reports of Google's Sundar Pichai supposedly confirming that Samsung would once again be the company behind the Nexus 10 for this year's model. Now, though, a new leak is raising the question of if ASUS might be the OEM behind the tablet. The info comes from Best Buy's internal computer system, where it shows a Google Nexus 10, apparently manufactured by ASUS. There's a dummy UPC and what looks ...

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  • by | August 2, 2013 7:03 PM

    Google and ASUS disrupted the tablet realm last year at Google I/O. The duo teamed up after some talks at CES 2012, and ASUS practically re-worked the MeMO ME171 tablet it announced at the January trade show to create the Nexus 7, a rather affordable tablet with only a few compromises. The Nexus 7 was the best bang for your buck, by a wide margin. Fast forward one year, and the tech world was eagerly awaiting what this pairing could produce once again. Last week, Google held a one-off event where it announced the new Nexus 7. It doesn't quite match the price of last year's Nexus 7 – it's ...

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  • by | August 1, 2013 9:52 AM

    Apple is still, by and large, the leader of the tablet space. Its tablets far outsell any of the competitors' and generally turn a higher profit margin for the company. The iPad mini, however, is a different story. Its specifications aren't … great, and Apple took a hit on profit margins to make the tablet. Still, the tablet has done quite well, helping Apple dominate the smaller side of the tablet realm, as well. However, Google and ASUS, who teamed up to make last year's wildly popular (at least among the tech crowd) Nexus 7, have stepped up their game. Last week, Google announced the ...

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  • by | July 31, 2013 3:48 AM

    After the rather successful launch of the Nexus 7 last week -- and after a streak of interesting devices launched this year -- ASUS is finalizing its plans to enter the American market with its smartphones. The US is rather tough when it comes to phones, something LG, Sony, and even Nokia can testify to. In a recent interview with AllThingsD, ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih said that the company has been taking its time and building its relationships with carriers, a necessary step to even stand a chance on the market. "I think next year is more reasonable" than 2013, Shih added. While ...

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  • by | July 30, 2013 2:41 PM

    Windows RT has emerged as the proverbial red-headed stepchild of the tablet ecosystem, cursed by under-performing launch devices, a less than impressive app library, and the ever-present specter of much more capable Windows 8 Pro-based tablets looming over it. We've already seen Microsoft take steps to make its own Surface RT more attractive to consumers, but for some other manufacturers, it may already be too late. ASUS chairman Jonney Shih has just been talking about his company's efforts with Windows RT, and he doesn't have much good to say. Shih describes ASUS's experience in the ...

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  • by | July 30, 2013 11:22 AM

    The successor to the original Nexus 7 may have been one of the most highly-anticipated devices for tablet lovers this year. Last year's 7-inch Nexus was a bargain, and this year's could only be better, right? Google announced it last week, in all its affordable, compact glory. And it seems Google and ASUS had their ears to the ground, listening to the complaints from users about the original model. Did they get this year's Nexus 7 right? Is it a worth successor to the original? Watch to find out, as these two wallet-friendly siblings go toe to toe!

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  • by | July 29, 2013 1:15 PM

    When you think of ASUS and tablets, what comes to mind? The Nexus 7? Maybe the PadFone? A hybrid model with a keyboard? It makes affordable tablets, and also unusual ones, but we really don't think of it as a company known for super-thin tablets. A new rumor suggests that ASUS might be interested in expanding its offerings to fill that niche as well, and it could be developing a 6-millimeter-thick tablet. The source behind this doesn't seem to have much in the way of additional detail beyond that thickness measurement – there's nothing specifically pointing to anything like display size ...

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