Notebook sales were still on the decline in the first quarter of the year, Digitimes Research says, although the “on-year declines were the slowest compared to those in the past five quarters,” and some laptop makers have enjoyed renewed success in the business during the period. Even so, it’s not clear yet whether the notebook market has started to recover, the publication noted. More →
The Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 Android/Windows tablet/laptop may never move past concept phase, Digitimes says, citing Chinese publication The Economic Daily News, as Google is apparently forcing Asus to dump its freshly announced dual-OS device. More →
Asus and Acer have officially confirmed that they’re interested in the growing wearables market and will have such devices of their own in stores at some point later this year, Focus Taiwan reports. While there are no details on what these devices will look like or how they’ll work, Asus has big plans for its device. “We will put our entire design thought into it,” Asus Chairman Jonney Shih said on Tuesday at the company’s year-and party. “There are actually many challenges in this area, and I don’t think products that lack special features will be useful. We’ll try to replace your watch by all means.” Shih added. More →
Ultra HD has been all the rage at CES once again this year, but much of the coverage has focused on outlandishly expensive televisions that would hardly fit in the average living room. As it turns out, plenty of companies were quietly revealing reasonably sized displays as well, so 9to5Mac assembled a list of a few of the more affordable options for those who want 4K without breaking the bank. More →
While companies like HTC (One max) and Nokia (Lumia 1520) are launching monstrous new devices that stretch the definition of a phablet to new heights, literally, Asus is taking a slightly different approach to expanding the popular category. AT&T on Monday announced from CES 2014 that it will soon launch the Asus PadFone X, a convertible device that stuffs a manageable 5-inch phablet into a perfectly sized 9-inch tablet. The phone itself includes a full HD display and Android 4.4 KitKat but when docked, it powers the larger tablet, which also features 1080p resolution and has its own battery. More →
With the Consumer Electronics Show coming next month, computer makers are doing whatever they can to attract attention. This includes Asus, which released a psychedelic 30-second teaser video that hints its next big tablet that it will unveil at CES will dual-boot with both Android and Windows 8. More →
Tuesday’s news that the Galaxy Note 3 was found artificially increasing its own benchmark scores caused a bit of a stir. There’s no question that Note 3 is one of the most powerful phablets on the market, so why cheat? It turns out that Samsung is just keeping up with its competition. According to a report by AnandTech, HTC, LG and Asus have each been implementing similar CPU optimization in their own smartphones, and nearly all Android OEMs have been complicit in the practice at some point over the past few years. More →
Asus took the stage in Taipei on Tuesday in order to officially announce the new PadFone Infinity. By all accounts, the new model of the smartphone-tablet combo looks nearly identical to the original PadFone Infinity. The changes lie within, and most notably include a quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, reports Engadget. The 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 resolution screen remains the same, along with the 2,400 mAh battery, 13-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and 1080p video capture. More →
AT&T announced on Tuesday that it has begun offering 4G LTE service for Google’s Nexus 7 tablet. AT&T’s 32GB model will feature Wi-Fi and 4G LTE data, but unlike the other 32GB models from Google, this one will include an AT&T SIM card. Other than that, the AT&T Nexus 7 is identical — it has a 7-inch display with 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution, a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 graphics, a 5-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, optional 4G LTE, HDMI output, NFC, wireless charging support and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The Nexus 7 with an AT&T 4G LTE data plan is now available on the Google Play store for $349. AT&T is also offering “a $100 AT&T bill credit” to users who sign a new two-year service contract between now and December 31st, 2013, bringing the final cost down to $249.
Our last look at the Asus PadFone Infinity left something to be desired, but a refresh might be just what Asus needs to re-establish itself in the phone market. The exterior of the rumored A86 PadFone Infinity appears to be nearly identical to the current A80 model, but the leak from ePrice does seem to confirm that the new model will have a Snapdragon 800 processor, a notable leap over its predecessor’s Snapdragon 600. Other than that, most of the specifications will remain the same, and the lack of a redesign means that all current accessories will be compatible with the A86. ePrice also claims that the A86 will launch in Taiwan before the end of September (between the 15th and 20th) with a lower initial price than the original PadFone Infinity. Leaked photos of the new PadFone follow below. More →
Windows RT is quickly becoming the kid in high school who never showered and whom no one wanted to sit with in the cafeteria. The Wall Street Journal reports that Asus has officially cancelled all of its plans to make Windows RT tablets because no devices based on the operating system have sold well. Asus is just the latest Windows OEM to give Windows RT the cold shoulder as HTC had to cancel plans to release a Windows RT tablet earlier this year and Acer has said that it’s unsure if it will ever release another Windows RT tablet again. Despite apathy from both OEMs and consumers, however, Microsoft has vowed to keep plugging away with Windows RT until it’s successful.
It’s not just consumers who are avoiding Windows RT these days. In an interview with AllThingsD, Asus chairman Jonney Shih said that his company has no current plans to release any more tablets based on Microsoft’s Windows RT platform because the results from earlier RT tablets have been “not very promising.” While Shih didn’t rule out making a Windows RT device again at some point he said that for now Asus remains solely focused on creating Windows 8 devices that use Intel chips. Asus is just the latest Windows OEM to give Windows RT the cold shoulder as HTC had to cancel plans to release a Windows RT tablet earlier this year and Acer has said that it’s unsure if it will ever release another Windows RT tablet again.
A new report claims the next-generation Nexus 7 tablet is just around the corner. According to Digitimes, Google and ASUS are planing to launch a second-generation Nexus 7 in late July or early August. The tablet will reportedly feature an upgraded 7-inch display with 1980 x 1200-pixel resolution along with a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel camera on the back. It has been estimated that Google could sell as many as 8 million units worldwide, however some analysts are skeptical because of the increased number of low-cost tablets available today. The second-generation Nexus 7 is expected to be priced between $199 to $249 for the Wi-Fi only model.