A report from ZD Net Korea on the weekend showed that a new Samsung Patent (D685, 774 – Volt 9) had received acceptance through the U.S Patent and Trademark Office. The patent that was approved was for a “wireless communication terminal”. Looking at the figures, it seems to be a close match for the design of the Asus PadFone, although the Samsung device appears to use a more a “T-shaped” design which allows the phone to be easily docked within the tablet. It also seems the tablet will be standalone, and only the user will know that the tablet is being powered[Read More...]
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It’s now been a full year since the Nexus 7 was announced and Google began taking orders via Google Play. While it has served many of us admirably some feel that it has become apparent that with the release of other 7 and 8″ tablets a successor is required for it to maintain the top of the heap of the compact Android tablet pile. We have reported on various leaks and hints of a new version being available soon but there is still no definite word of a release from either Google or Asus, nor any other tablet manufacturer. An expected announcement at Google[Read More...]
Since the debut of the iPhone in 2007, phones have been steadily larger, with phones like Samsung’s Galaxy Note blurring the line between phones and tablets. Asus are a manufacturer who excel in building devices that serve multiple purposes, like their phone-tablet hybrid, the PadFone. Asus’ most successful mobile device to date, however, has been its most conventional – the Nexus 7, built to Google’s specifications. The Fonepad is very similar to the Nexus 7, but differs in some key ways – rather than the NVidia Tegra 3 that powers the Nexus 7, the Fonepad runs an Intel Atom processor;[Read More...]
With the one year anniversary of the debut of probably the most successful Android tablet to date – the Nexus 7 – fast approaching, apart from a possible appearance in a recent Google promo video there really hasn’t been much heard about the Nexus 7 Mk II - until today. An Asus tablet has just been spotted listed in the FCC online repository with a brand designation of ‘Nexus’. The Asus built tablet, model #:K009 is listed in the FCC certification documentation with a slew of hardware details which share a similarity with another recent arrival at the FCC the ME571K(K008) –[Read More...]
Kogan have put the Nexus 7 32GB 3G on sale for today only at a price of $289 (+ postage) which puts it $60 cheaper than buying it from the Play Store — postage from both is ~$19. Kogan have placed a limit of 3 per person and they will ship in 2-3 weeks. So if you can wait it out then there’s a pretty good deal on offer.
This is the 72rd episode of the Ausdroid podcast. This week, we spent a while discussing the surprising amount of news from HTC, looked at some new LG announcements and looked at Asus and Toshiba’s Computex tablet announcements. Production Note: We had some issues with our audio recording this week and have had to use the Hangout audio recording instead – sorry! Featuring: Jason Murray, Buzz Moody and Geoff Fieldew. Topics: HTC Rumour Mill: M4 / One Mini, and T6 HTC One with Nexus User Experience HTC’s unaudited financial figures Editorial: What I’d do if I ran HTC LG L[Read More...]
Yesterday we saw ASUS announce a range of new Android products such as the FonePad Note, MemoPad HD 7, MemoPad FHD 10, Transformer Pad Infinity, and Transformer Book Trio. All devices are impressive in their own right, which makes the news of no Australian availability harder to take. In a press release from ASUS Australia, which outlined the products above, they stated that there are no current plans for availability in Australia. “no local availability or pricing information on the products announced” As we’ve seen in the past, this stance is likely to change in time. Let’s hope that’s not[Read More...]
Perhaps the most impressive product to have come from ASUS’s event at Computex 2013 is this; the Transformer Pad Infinity. This device is an absolute stunner. Powered by a 1.9GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 Cortex-A15 quad-core CPU — which has a 72 core GPU — and features a stunning 10.1-inch WQXGA 2560×1600 IPS display which will undoubtedly look amazing in the flesh. Other specifications include 2GB of RAM, 5MP and 1.2MP cameras, USB 3.0 port and SD card slot, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with Miracast support, Bluetooth 3.0, and 32GB of internal storage. Again, there’s no official press release for this product yet.[Read More...]
Next up from ASUS at Computex 2013 is the MemoPad HD 7. This is basically a Nexus 7-ish device that adds a 5MP rear facing camera and replaces the NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU with an unnamed Cortex-A7 quad-core CPU. The display is a similar 1280×800 7-inch HD IPS panel that’s found in the Nexus 7. Another inclusion is stereo speakers. There is a confirmed US launch of the device with pricing sitting at $149 for 16GB and $129 for 8GB. Both are Wi-Fi only. So while details are sparse at the moment, an official press release should give us more[Read More...]
ASUS is currently unveiling their new products at Computex 2013 and we’re going to give you the good on what exactly we’re seeing from the Taiwanese manufacturer. First up is the 6-inch FonePad Note which features a Full HD (1920×1080) Super IPS+ display, and is undoubtedly a Samsung Galaxy Note II competitor. The FonePad Note is powered by Intel’s ATOM Z2560 CPU clocked at 1.6GHz running Android 4.X (no specific version confirmed). While ASUS did say it was a tablet, the inclusion of 3G voice makes this a completely oversized phone, but hey, you can’t say there’s not a market[Read More...]
Have you ever felt the pressing need to have a phone that’s the same size as a 7″ Android tablet, and to hold such a thing up to your head to make phone calls? No? Me neither. However, this is precisely what ASUS has unleashed upon us with the ASUS Fonepad, which was announced earlier this year at MWC. The Fonepad is a 7″ phone-come-tablet, with a 1280 x 800 HD IPS display, 3MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera, and a choice of 8GB or 16GB internal storage, which is of course expandable. The let-down though, apart from perhaps[Read More...]
Analyst: Refreshed Nexus 7 running Android 4.3, 1920×1200 display, Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU coming at Google I/O
Everybody loves a good analyst, especially when they have solid predictions of technology we love. Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has released a research note that sets out potential (yes, it’s only a prediction) specs of the refreshed Nexus 7 that’s sure to be announced at Google I/O later this month. The most exciting parts of the potential specs are these: Android 4.3 — No time for the big 5.0 jump it seems 7-inch LTPS 1920×1200 Display Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU (APQ8064) 5MP Rear Camera / ‘HD’ Front Camera Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC 4,000mAh Battery with Qi charging Pricing, you[Read More...]
Enigmatic Asus CEO Jerry Shen has announced during the companies earnings call that Asus is looking to ship a Chromebook in the second half of 2013. Shen advised that they see much potential in the cloud based OS from Google, with specific reference to potential in the government and education, saying Chromebook is good, not on the consumer side, but it’s good in the education and government side, and some for the commercial side. In creating their own Chromebook, Asus will join other notebook manufacturers – Samsung, Acer, HP and Lenovo who have all released their own models, although we[Read More...]