Next-generation Nexus 7 could ditch NVIDIA in favour of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro

It looks like NVIDIA's Tegra 4 won't be making an appearance in the next-generation Nexus 7. At least, according to ZD Net who are citing Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConnell. So why the change from NVIDIA to Qualcomm? Well, although Tegra 4 is quite powerful, it doesn't have an integrated 3G/4G modem. Instead there's a separate modem which will ultimately bump up the cost slightly. Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064), however, has its 3G/4G modem built right into the chip -- making it the more attractive choice for... Continue reading

Asus advise Nexus 7 dock to be available in February for $49

The Nexus 7 dock has been like the unicorn of the Android world. We've heard about it, seen pictures, and you can probably get a poor-quality one from China, but since the release of the Nexus 7 in July of last year, Asus have kept mum on its availability. Until today, that is. Asus has advised Ausdroid this morning that the Nexus 7 dock will be available in February from The Good Guys and BSR(Betta Electrical) for $49. No word yet on availability from other Nexus 7 retailers such as EBGames, Bing Lee, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi etc but... Continue reading

Asus rolling out Jelly Bean update to Padfone 2 now

The Asus Padfone 2 was announced in Milan back in October as an Ice Cream Sandwich device and an upgrade to Jelly Bean was promised to hit the device very soon. It seems that Asus has kept that promise with the Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.1) update starting to roll out to Padfone 2 owners in Asia over the weekend. Whilst at this stage the only way to get your hands on the Padfone 2 here in Australia is through importers such as Mobicity, Asus Australia did advise this morning that the Padfone 2 will most likely be running... Continue reading

PSA : Officeworks is NOT selling a Nexus 7 with MicroSD Card reader.

In the latest edition of the Officeworks catalogue, it appears that Officeworks has made a minor slip-up, with the advert for the Nexus 7 suggesting that a microSD Card Reader was part of the specifications on the popular Asus built tablet. I did point this mistake out to them on Twitter and they have replied to advise that they are aware of the mistake : Yes unfortunately this is a print error. We'll be sending out apology notices in the coming days. Just wanted it out there to ensure no-one thought there had been some sort of spec change one... Continue reading

Dock accessory for the Asus Nexus 7 coming soon to Australia.

Over the weekend it appears that Asus in Japan has let slip some information in regards to a dock accessory for the Nexus 7 which we first saw at the end of July. The dock accessory is showing up on the Asus Japan accessory store for a price of 3,480 Yen which equates to just over $40AUD minus shipping. The existence and imminent release of the dock has been hinted at on the Australian Facebook page in reply to some persistent commentors asking about the accessory. This was posted in reply to a customer asking about... Continue reading

*Edited* Asus Nexus 7 at JB HiFi for $298

If you happen to be in or around Broadway in Sydney, and your looking to snag a good price in the Nexus 7 32GB model, you're in luck. JB HiFi have just opened a new store at Broadway and are celebrating by having a giant sale. The main thing that caught my eye was the particularly good price on the Nexus 7. So go in and get yourself one while the price lasts. To my knowledge, this price is only at the  Broadway store. **Edited** This appears to be the price store wide - even online. Continue reading

32GB Nexus 7 3G Now In-Stock on The Good Guys and Betta Electrical websites

Looks like the first retailers in Australia to offer the 32GB Nexus 7 3G are The Good Guys and Betta Electrical, who both have it listed on their websites for $399. The Good Guys have the tablet listed on their website for pickup in-store or for delivery for $10 if located within a 40KM radius of a store. The same model is also listed over on the Betta Electrical website with a shipping fee of $30 with no option for in-store pickup. No word on whether the 3G enabled version of the tablet is actually available yet in-stores... Continue reading

Nexus 7 – Price Protection for Australian buyers

Over the weekend we saw a number of reports from the US and UK about refunds for customers who purchased a 16GB Nexus 7 before the recent price drop and announcement of the 32GB model. Both Google and ASUS in Europe and the US appear to have enacted some kind of Price Protection policy - Google offers a credit if you purchased on or after October 14, and ASUS is giving out vouchers for their own online store. Ausdroid approached both ASUS Australia and Google Australia, to find out their local policy on the offer and... Continue reading

Asus reports that they are now selling almost 1 Million Nexus 7 tablets per month

Apart from the fact that at times finding stock of the Nexus 7 at retailers in Australia can be difficult, the only indication that we've had from either Google or Asus in regards to sales figures regarding the Nexus 7 has been confirmation from Asus that they were selling out of every shipment of the Nexus 7 imported into Australia within 2 weeks. Now Asustek CFO David Chang has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal giving some slightly more solid sales figures : At the beginning, it was, for instance, 500K units a month, then maybe 600, 700K.... Continue reading

Nexus 7 back in-stock on Google Play Devices and ready to order in 16GB or 32GB flavours

The 8GB Nexus 7 is no longer available and the 16GB version of the Nexus 7 is now back in stock in the Google Play Devices section at a new price of $249 and has been joined by its rumoured bigger brother the 32GB version which is also available for purchase now for $299. Shipping for the devices is additional and adds $19.99 to the price and devices ship within 3-5 Business days. Specifications appear to be unchanged apart from the storage and no option for a 3G version is available at this stage, you can only get Wi-Fi... Continue reading

16GB Nexus 7 status now ‘Coming Soon’ from Google Play Store

As we saw the other day with the 8GB Version, the 16GB Version now has a status of 'Coming Soon' in the Google Play Store. Signs are ripe for a release of the 32GB version which has been outed, priced and even purchased, everything but officially announced by Google so far. No reason has been given at this stage as to why the 16GB version has been set to this status as yet but we'll keep a keen eye out for a possible 32GB version in Wi-Fi and 3G to launch as well as a price drop on... Continue reading

Asus Padfone 2 now available for pre-order from MobiCity

While we wait for an official release date for the Asus Padfone 2 here in Australia, other regions around the world have already started shipping the phone/tablet combo. MobiCity has now started taking pre-orders for the Padfone 2, with stock expected on the 1st of November. Only the black model is available at the moment, and while it's compatible with all Australian 3G networks, MobiCity specifically lists 'No' for Telstra/Optus 4G. If you're considering purchasing one of these, head over to MobiCity's Padfone 2 page, where it's available to pre-order for $949 + shipping of around $19, although you... Continue reading

Asus Padfone 2 unveiled in Taipei ahead of tonights launch in Milan

With the official launch of the Asus Padfone 2 going ahead in Milan tonight, the phone/tablet combo unit has been officially unveiled in Taipei by Asus CEO Jerry Shen. As we saw earlier in the leaked video the newer combo has a new docking system which does away with the cassette deck style interface and the phone has a slightly larger screen among other improved specifications. Phone Specs : 4.7" 720p Super IPS+ Display Quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 CPU 2GB RAM 13MP Rear camera and 1.2MP Front-facing camera NFC 16/32/64GB versions Ice Cream Sandwich with Jelly Bean upgrade comning LTE 800/1,800/2,600MHz 2,140mAh Battery Tablet Specs : 10.1" IPS... Continue reading