New version of hybrid tablet-smartphone to cost $400, and may be in more markets than Taiwan soon.
Asus’ first stab at the “Mini” mobile niche has been a long time coming and is now but a couple of days away from going official.
Mini versions of flagship smartphones are a serious fad in the mobile industry, and ASUS will be officially hopping on the bandwagon in less than a week.
Asus has been known to dabble in the world of hybrids, both capable of switching between smartphone and tablet modes and change appearance from tab to laptop, but their next family of devices looks a tad more on the conventional side of things.
Despite previous reports that pegged LG and HTC as the likeliest candidates for co-branding the 2014 Nexus 7 alongside Google, it appears Asus has a shot at being chosen again as well.
It’s a known fact Google likes to plan Nexus devices ahead of time, as they require quite a lot of work in order for those pricing sweet spots to be reached. All while not cutting too many corners.
With the 2013 edition of the Nexus 7 out the door already, the likely LG-made N5 is by far the most hyped and anticipated new Google device tipped for a commercial launch by the end of the year. But what about the second-gen Nexus 10?
A new leak suggests that ASUS could replace Samsung as Google’s hardware partner to manufacture the successor to the Nexus 10.
The new Nexus 7 is currently one of the best and most affordable 7-inch tablets in the Android ecosystem, and now the LTE-enabled variant has been launched by Google in eight new markets.
And just like that, Asus’ Padfone family, viewed by many as a niche line unable to ever break into the mainstream, has reached the point where it officially consists of four, count’em four members.
Windows 8.1 fall tablet roadmap includes 10-incher from Dell, Surface Mini, updated Acer W3 and more
Following what can be kindly described as a middling first wave of Windows 8 and RT-based tablets, most tech-savvy folks probably expected Microsoft and its partners to dial it up a notch come the fall of 2013. Or at least be a little wary about their prospects in a very competitive world.
And just like that, Chromebooks and Chromeboxes have become mainstream. I presume, since Google and Intel have earlier today unveiled four, count’em four new Chrome OS-based computing machines, including two manufactured by newcomers Toshiba and Asus.
Asus unveiled the 10.1-inch Transformer Book T100 hybrid that runs a full-fledged version of Windows 8.1 today at the Intel Developer Forum. The device will be available in October for $349.
Although the upgraded version of the Fonepad has stopped being a secret ages ago, Asus seems keen to keep a tight lid on it for a while longer. Probably until the new Transformer Pad, PadFone mini, MeMoFone HD 5 and MeMoPad HD 8 will themselves become official, which should happen any day now.
Asus teased an image of a tablet on Facebook, which might be a new Transformer Pad. The image mentions that the tablet will be revealed in four days, which is just in time for the IFA.
When it rains, it pours. Rumors of an Asus PadFone Infinity sequel were timidly floating around a couple of months ago, though there was no mention of such a thing in that leaked roadmap from early August, and now the mysterious gadget has at last exploded into the mainstream media.
The multi-touch issue that was found to be affecting some Nexus 7 (2013) units is being given the boot via an update to build JSS15Q, which is currently rolling out over-the-air.
Low-cost SoCs from upstart Chinese factories are being found in more tablets and smartphones. Can it compete against established players?
Asus, a major Microsoft OEM partner, will hold off on producing more hardware to run Windows RT in the foreseeable future, a move which falls in line with consumer sentiments about the ARM-powered alternative OS in the media consumption sector.
Big day today for Asus as far as media attention goes, with a large chunk of the company’s near future plans revealed courtesy of two subsequent leaks. The Taiwanese are reportedly working on a follow-up to Samsung’s Nexus 10, plus an array of 100% self-branded phones and tabs.