AT&T announces Samsung, ASUS Windows 8 tablets to be available for the holidays

By on October 4, 2012 at 5:41 PM.

AT&T announces Samsung, ASUS Windows 8 tablets to be available for the holidays

AT&T Windows 8 Tablet Release Date

AT&T (T) on Thursday announced the future availability of two Windows 8 tablets from ASUS (2357) and Samsung (005930). The nation’s second largest wireless carrier will offer the VivoTab RT and ATIV Smart PC to customers this holiday season. The VivoTab RT from ASUS is equipped with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, Windows RT, 4G LTE connectivity, 32GB of internal storage and features a 10.1-inch Super IPS display with ASUS TruVivid technology for a better viewing experience. Samsung’s 11.6-inch HD ATIV Smart PC includes a dual-core Intel Clover Trail processor clocked at 1.5GHz, Windows 8, 64GB of internal storage and can be connected to a detachable keyboard dock. As an added bonus, the VivoTab RT comes preloaded with Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview Edition, while the ATIV Smart PC includes a trial of Office 2013. Pricing information was not disclosed. AT&T’s press release follows below. More →

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ASUS releases Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for Transformer Prime and Infinity Pad

By on October 3, 2012 at 10:50 PM.

ASUS releases Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for Transformer Prime and Infinity Pad

ASUS Transformer Prime Jelly Bean Update

ASUS (2357) has finally made good on its promise to update its Transformer Prime tablet to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The only downside, however, is that Jelly Bean needs to be side-loaded into the Transformer Prime. To update the Transformer Prime to Jelly Bean, users can visit ASUS’s download website and search for “TF201″ and select “Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201.” On the “Download” tab, change the OS in the drop-down menu to “Android.” Select “Firmware”and download “Version  V10.1.2.15″ to get Jelly Bean rolling. Jelly Bean is also rolling out to ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity tablets as well. To update, search for “TF700T” instead of “TF201.” Both ASUS tablets should run significantly faster thanks to Jelly Bean’s “Project Butter” speed enhancements. More →

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ASUS aims high with Windows 8 tablet pricing

By on September 18, 2012 at 8:25 PM.

ASUS aims high with Windows 8 tablet pricing

ASUS Windows 8 Tablets Price

Earlier this week, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer announced the first pricing details for the company’s Windows 8 tablet. The Surface tablet will sell for between $300 and $700-$800 depending on the features and operating system — Windows RT or Windows 8 Pro. Ballmer noted that Microsoft wasn’t looking to compete with Google (GOOG) and Amazon (AMZN) in the low-price market, although other manufacturers may. According to an alleged product roadmap obtained by ZDNet, ASUS’ (2357) tablets will be even more expensive than Microsoft’s devices. The Taiwanese manufacturer is planning to launch three new Windows 8 tablets this holiday season for $599, $799 and $1,299, respectively. More →

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ASUS finally kills its Eee PC netbooks as demand for tablets grows

By on September 4, 2012 at 8:25 PM.

ASUS finally kills its Eee PC netbooks as demand for tablets grows

Asus Eee PC Netbook Discontinued

It was only a matter of time before tablets replaced the underpowered netbooks that were all the rage back in 2007. And after five years of badging every one of its Intel Atom-powered PCs with the Eee moniker, ASUS (2357) is calling it quits on the netbook category that it pioneered. Digitimes reports that ASUS has ceased production of all Eee PC netbooks and will transition to marketing its family of Transformer tablets to fill the 10.1-inch netbook void.

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Next-generation ASUS Transformer tablet revealed ahead of launch

By on August 17, 2012 at 11:10 PM.

Next-generation ASUS Transformer tablet revealed ahead of launch

ASUS TF500T Transformer Tablet Revealed

An upcoming tablet from ASUS (2357) recently passed through the Federal Communications Commission’s testing facility equipped with the model number TF500T. Few details are revealed in the resulting documentation, however the model number suggests the tablet could fall between the budget-friendly Transformer Pad TF300 and the high-end Transformer Pad Infinity TF700. The Taiwanese manufacturer’s upcoming tablet will be Wi-Fi only and will feature an HDMI port and a microphone. We can also safely assume that the TF500T will have the ability to transform into a laptop with the help of ASUS’s keyboard dock. More →

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Sony announces new PlayStation Mobile details: Buy a game once, play it anywhere

By on August 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM.

Sony announces new PlayStation Mobile details: Buy a game once, play it anywhere

PlayStation Mobile Details Revealed

Earlier this year, Sony (SNE) revealed that its PlayStation Suite for mobile devices had been renamed to PlayStation Mobile. The gaming service, which launched in 2011, initially allowed owners of PlayStation certified devices, such as the Xperia Play, to play older PlayStation games on their Android smartphones and tablets. At the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June, Sony announced that it was bringing Playstation Mobile to HTC’s (2498) devices, making the Taiwanese smartphone vendor the first non-Sony company to earn the certification. More →

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ASUS confirms Jelly Bean is headed to Transformer tablets

By on July 20, 2012 at 7:45 PM.

ASUS confirms Jelly Bean is headed to Transformer tablets

ASUS Transformer Jelly Bean Update

Shortly after HTC (2498) confirmed that its smartphones would receive an update to Jelly Bean, ASUS (2357) announced that an Android 4.1 update will be coming to its various tablets. The company’s Transformer Pad, Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity tablets are all scheduled to receive an update to Jelly Bean “in the coming months.” Owners of the original Transformer and Transformer Slide will not have access to the new OS at that time. ASUS does note, however, that it’s “still investigating Jelly Bean updates for other devices, but we are not in a position to confirm whether any other products will be eligible for an update at the moment.” ASUS’s press release follows below. More →

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Apple’s lawyers sharpen their knives: Nexus 7 has hidden Smart Cover feature [video]

By on July 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM.

Apple’s lawyers sharpen their knives: Nexus 7 has hidden Smart Cover feature [video]

Nexus 7 Smart Cover

Google and ASUS may have taken a page out of Apple’s playbook when designing and building the Nexus 7 tablet. The upcoming slate has been found to feature a Smart Cover-like magnetic sensor that, with the proper cover, will turn off the tablet’s display and put it to sleep. The Nexus 7 appears to be the first and only Android tablet with a magnetic sensor. Neither Google or ASUS announced the feature during the products unveiling last month, however, and it isn’t mentioned among the tablet’s specs on Google’s website either. The hidden feature was discovered by YouTube user wwscoggin, and a video demonstration follows below. More →

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Nokia may sue Google over Nexus 7 tablet

By on July 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM.

Nokia may sue Google over Nexus 7 tablet

Nokia Google Nexus 7 Patent Infringement

Just what the tech industry needs: even more prospective patent lawsuits! The latest shocking twist in the patent soap opera comes courtesy of The Inquirer’s Carly Page, who has gotten a Nokia spokesperson to assert that Google and Asus may be infringing upon some of Nokia’s Wi-Fi patents with their new Nexus 7 tablet and also says that “neither Google nor Asus is licensed under our patent portfolio.” The good news here is that Nokia, unlike Apple, sounds much more inclined to take its pound of licensing flesh and be done with it, as the spokesperson also said that “companies who are not yet licensed under our standard essential patents should simply approach us and sign up for a license.” In other words, Google and Asus may be able to get off relatively easy if they pony up the licensing cash. More →

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Asus G75VW heralds the coming of '5G Wi-Fi'

By on June 7, 2012 at 11:45 PM.

Asus G75VW heralds the coming of '5G Wi-Fi'

5G Wi-Fi First Laptop Asus G75VW

Mobile fans had better get ready, because there’s yet another wireless buzzword coming down the pipeline. As The Verge’s Jeff Blagdon reports, the new Asus G75VW gaming laptop is being billed as the first-ever laptop to come equipped with 802.11ac connectivity, otherwise known as “5G Wi-Fi” technology that’s capable of delivering theoretical peak speeds of 1.3Gbps. Yes, it’s somewhat annoying having another “G” in the mix when talking about wireless technology but 802.11ac is actually the fifth generation of Wi-Fi standards so it’s not as though 5G Wi-Fi chip maker Broadcom is throwing numbers around willy-nilly. Broadcom just started releasing 802.11ac systems on a chip this week so it’s not surprising that the first 802.11ac laptop isn’t far behind. More →

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Kindle Fire ignites Android tablet market, overtakes Google in U.S.

By on April 27, 2012 at 10:25 AM.

Kindle Fire ignites Android tablet market, overtakes Google in U.S.

Amazon’s Kindle Fire has seen rapid adoption among tablet buyers since its release last November. The device had an explosive debut quarter, giving it a 14% share of the tablet market. According to the latest numbers from comScore, the Kindle Fire has almost doubled its share of the U.S. Android tablet market over the past two months from 29.4% in December to 54.4% in February. In other words, more tablets running Amazon’s version of Android were sold in the U.S. than tablets running Google’s version of Android. Amazon’s tablet is followed by the Samsung Galaxy Tab family, which had a combined 15.4% share in February, and the Motorola Xoom with a 7.0% share. The ASUS Transformer and Toshiba AT100 rounded out the top five with 6.3% and 5.7% of the market, respectively. The research firm also found, when analyzing page view consumption, that 10-inch tablets had a 39% higher consumption rate than 7-inch tablets and a 58% higher rate than 5-inch tablets. Read on for comScore’s press release. More →

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Intel may launch Ivy Bridge processors on April 23rd

By on April 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM.

Intel may launch Ivy Bridge processors on April 23rd

Intel is expected to move up the announcement of its next-generation Ivy Bridge processors from the original date of April 29th to April 23rd, Digitimes reported on Thursday. ASUS, Acer, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard are all preparing to release their second generation of ultrabooks in May, with average prices expected to “rapidly” drop from $999 to $699. To promote ultrabooks, Intel has also reportedly set up a $300 million fund to assist its partners in ultrabook design as well as research and development. Earlier rumors have suggested that Apple is planning to refresh its iMac family of computers with Intel’s 22nm-based Core i5 and Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors in June or July. The Cupertino-based company is also said to be ramping up production in preparation for thinner 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. More →

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Google Nexus tablet reportedly delayed until July

By on April 6, 2012 at 8:55 AM.

Google Nexus tablet reportedly delayed until July

The Google-branded Nexus tablet the search giant is rumored to be co-developing with ASUS may be pushed back until July. Earlier reports had the device slated for launch some time in June, with an unveiling possibly set for Google’s annual I/O conference on June 27th. Unnamed sources informed The Verge on Friday that Google pushed back its planned release so it could tweak the device, however. The 7-inch tablet is supposedly equipped with a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Wi-Fi connectivity. The device would reportedly cost $249 in its current state, but Google and ASUS are both looking to reduce the price. Earlier rumors indicted that the Mountain View-based company was attempting to offer the tablet for as little as $149. It has also been speculated that Google could be delaying the planned release in order to pre-load its tablet with the next version of Android — Jelly Bean. The Verge claims this scenario is unlikely though, as the current product is designed for Android 4.0. More →

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