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    ASUS introduced its PadFone Mini nearly ten months ago, giving users who were interested in that unique PadFone trick of docking a smartphone into a larger tablet body a new, smaller option than something like the big nine-inch PadFone X: a compact seven-inch tablet paired with a four-inch phone. We saw the company bring the Mini to CES in January, and while there was talk of US pricing, no specific release plans were shared. But now we find ourselves thinking about the PadFone Mini once again, as a tipster clues us in to a possible PadFone Mini release for AT&T. At least - it's a ...

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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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    New York City is a fine place to sneak a peek at some unreleased devices, and that's just what we did this week with the LG G3 event (streamed from London to an airy presentation room in a Chelsea skyscraper) and AT&T's ASUS PadFone X announcement (held on a posh rooftop lounge near the Flatiron). At one of those events, Daniel Bader of MobileSyrup was our seat neighbor, so we thought we'd invite him on this week's podcast to discuss the more globally significant of these high-profile launches. Join us as we share our impressions of the LG G3: how it stands on its own and how well it ...

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    Over the weekend we've seen press renders leaked of the ASUS PadFone Mini and we were expecting the company to unveil the smaller version of the PadFone Infinity (which we've seen at MWC 2013) today, as they just did. The principle is the same: a phone that docks into a tablet (a smaller one, this time, both for the phone, and for its docking slate). In terms of specs we're looking at a phone with a 4.3-inch screen with 540 x 960 resolution, and a tablet with a seven-inch display of 1280 x 800 resolution. Powering everything is a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, helped by ...

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    Mobile World Congress 2013 was, as promised, a boatload of fun and a bucket of hot tech-geek action. While we didn't see everything we wanted to, we were treated to an avalanche of smartphones and tablets running everything from Android to Windows Phone to Sailfish to FirefoxOS. We got a gander at some really impressive form factors too, at sizes ranging from the conventional to the fantastic. If you were off the internet for the duration of last week, or if you simply couldn't deal with the cavalcade of content gushing forth from the tech-news spigot, that's okay. We understand. And we've ...

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    I love tablets. I've loved tablets from the time I first laid eyes on one. I was in high school and one of my friend's younger sister got a Windows tablet for Christmas. From that time, I couldn't shake the idea of how awesome it would be to have a portable computer without a bulky keyboard. Give me a break, I was only 16. Three years later, I bought my first tablet, a 5-inch Android tablet made by Archos. Fast forward to today and I've owned somewhere north of 20 tablets. Of those, at least five have been ASUS-made tablets. And of them all, some of my very favorite tablets to date were ...

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    In the far-off reaches of Barcelona, two men fight for the right to party tell their tale. Battling narrow urban canyons, strange fast-food condiments, kielbasa-selling mobile-phone salesmen, and seagulls with voices only seagull mothers could love, they fight tooth and nail to share their story. The story of the wonders of mobile technology. You won't hear about all of the weird encounters that have greeted Anton D. Nagy and Michael Fisher since their arrival in Spain for the 2013 Mobile World Congress, but you'll definitely get a taste of what it's been like on the first harrowing day ...

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    ASUS' Padfone concept was a neat one even in the first iteration we've seen at the 2012 MWC. Now, at is second iteration, while still running Android, it might serve as an example for the company which could try to implement it on another platform: Microsoft's Windows Phone. Benson Lin, corporate vice president of mobile communication products at Asus, unveiled in a Wall Street Journal interview, that the company is "interested in making Windows Phones". Not only that, but the Padfone concept is also something the company is considering, as the executive said: "I think it makes sense for ...

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    The ASUS PadFone is one of those ideas that, while certainly innovative, may just be a bit too "out there" to catch-on commercially. Certainly, the first PadFone failed to make a big splash, but that could have been for any number of reasons; the tablet hybrid cost a bit more than users wanted to pay for a smartphone that wasn't from the likes of Samsung or HTC, and the model's launch didn't have the promotional muscle to get it widely noticed. Maybe the second time will be the charm? Some benchmark figures have surfaced that paint the picture of a PadFone 2 with what looks to be quite the ...

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    The Asus Padfone is a neat concept which can help you do more, and with style, with the help of a smartphone which turns into a tablet and then a tablet which turns into a notebook. We've seen the package in Barcelona at the MWC and, needless to say, we loved it! Now Asus has released a demo video of the Padfone, showing off the main features of the convertible. The phone itself (which is also the core of the tablet) packs a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocking at 1.5GHz, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with qHD resolution, eight-megapixel main camera and Android 4.0 Ice Cream ...

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    The Asus Padfone might have been on pre-orders in Taiwan since April 6 but European pricing and availability has been so far unknown. At the Asus Milan Design Week 2012 in Italy the company unveiled that the Padfone will hit the Italian market in late May, which should coincide with a European launch. The smartphone and the tablet, together known as Padfone Station, will go for EUR 699 (around $915) while the keyboard (Padfone Dock) will cost you EUR 149 more (roughly $195). The Transformer Pad Infinity 700 will be called the T-Prime HD in Italy and will land on June 10 for EUR 600, ...

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    The Asus Padfone -- the phone which transforms in a tablet and with the added keyboard it turns into a notebook -- was one of the most exciting devices shown at MWC. Just exactly how the market will react to it is yet unknown, especially without pricing and availability made public. However, the unofficial April time-frame seems to still stand. According to recent reports, the phone -- and its tablet housing -- will be on pre-order in Taiwan starting tomorrow, April 6 -- with an April 20 availability. The phone will go for NT$17,990 (US$610) and the tablet set (plus the stylus headset) ...

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    It's that time of the year again, when we're both happy and sad, excited and disappointed all at the same time. Last year's Mobile World Congress was all about three things: Android, 3D and speed offered by emerging dual-core processors. This year's show was not that much different at all, if you come to think of it. It's safe to assume that everyone who was there -- or following our MWC coverage -- understands that, again, Android was all over the place. With or without Ice Cream Sandwich on smartphones or tablets, the Google platform -- and its OEM partners -- has flooded the show floors ...

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    If the rumors we're hearing today about smartphone delays are accurate, we're going to be looking at a lot of handsets coming out quite a bit later than we'd like. We just looked at Nokia's Lumia 900 and the theory that it wouldn't land at AT&T until late April. That was bad enough, but this next rumor has the potential to affect a whole lot more smartphone customers. Supposedly, semiconductor manufacturer TSMC in Taiwan abruptly halted fabrication of chips made with a 28-nanometer process sometime last month. The details on just why it may have taken such drastic action aren't available, ...

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    So, on the original Star Trek series, landing parties exploring alien worlds often carried the "Phaser II," which was essentially just a more-powerful cradle for the diminutive "Phaser I" which plugged into it. Star Trek Enterprise did something similar with their portable universal translator. Since no one watched Enterprise, I'll fill you in: a handheld communicator latched into the top of another device, serving as the "ears" of the translator's processing unit. These sci-fi analogies doing anything for ya? Point is, our society really likes the idea of convergence devices. For years, ...

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