ASUS rumored to unveil a redesigned PadFone next month

By on January 31, 2012 at 7:30 AM.

ASUS rumored to unveil a redesigned PadFone next month

ASUS has confirmed that the company is planning to announce a tweaked version of its tablet-smartphone hybrid at Mobile World Congress on February 27th in Barcelona, Spain, according to Modaco. The Padfone — which combines a smartphone, tablet and netbook all in one — was first unveiled at the Computex trade show in Taiwan last year by ASUS chairman Jonney Shih. The innovative device is expected to feature Ice Cream Sandwich and Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon S4 processor. The PadFone consists of a 4.3-inch handset that has the ability dock inside a 10.1-inch tablet, which in turn can be docked into the Transformer’s (or possibly Transformer Prime’s) keyboard. When the device debuts next month, it is rumored to be redesigned with a slimmer form factor, and the the physical buttons seen on a PadFone prototype have reportedly been removed in favor of Ice Cream Sandwich’s on-screen controls. More →

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TI announces 1.8GHz dual-core OMAP4470 mobile processor

By on June 3, 2011 at 6:45 AM.

TI announces 1.8GHz dual-core OMAP4470 mobile processor

Texas Instruments on Thursday unveiled its latest mobile processor, the 1.8GHz dual-core OMAP4470, from the annual Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan. The new CPU is destined for smartphones and tablets, and it features a power-sipping design that offers a variety of performance enhancements compared to older processors. According to TI, the OMAP4470 will deliver an 80% improvement in Web browsing performance, a 250% improvement in graphics performance, up to 200% more layered imaging and video composition, and support for up to three HD displays and up to QXGA 2048 x 1536-pixel resolution. “Superior mobile computing relies on a user experience that dwarfs all others. Fast and crisp Web browsing, HD and liquid UIs, support for the latest applications—these are the elements consumers judge and buy their devices on,” said TI’s VP of the OMAP platform, Remi El-Ouazzane, in a statement. “The OMAP4470 processor delivers the maximum experience possible with an unmatched, power-efficient architecture.” OMAP4470 samples will begin shipping to partners in the second half of 2011, with devices utilizing the chip expected to begin shipping in the first half of 2012. Hit the break for the full press release. More →

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HP TouchPad gets unofficial demo at Computex from SanDisk, SanDisk no longer friend of HP

By on June 1, 2011 at 9:58 PM.

HP TouchPad gets unofficial demo at Computex from SanDisk, SanDisk no longer friend of HP

Are you waiting to get your hands on HP’s first webOS tablet, the TouchPad? We reported it would hit the shops and streets this month, but in the meantime you can feast your eyes on one of the first real demos of an HP TouchPad in the wild — from a SanDisk representative, no less. It all went down on Wednesday at Computex in Taipai, so hit the break to see all the card-based app switching and Synergy action you can handle. More →

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Intel discusses new ‘Ultrabook’ notebooks, Atom roadmap

By on May 31, 2011 at 7:53 PM.

Intel discusses new ‘Ultrabook’ notebooks, Atom roadmap

During the Computex trade show in Taiwan on Tuesday, Intel’s executive vice president Sean Maloney discussed a new category of laptop computers called “Ultrabooks” that Intel says will dominate 40% of the consumer market by the end of next year. Ultrabooks will blend the performance of today’s laptops with a tablet-like experience in a thin and light product, and the first such product is ASUS’ brand new UX21 laptop, which is due out by the 2011 holiday season. Initially, Ultrabooks will be powered by Intel’s latest Core processors, but they will also be powered by the firm’s new 22nm Ivy Bridge processor by the first half of next year. By 2013, Ultrabooks will be powered by Intel’s next generation “Haswell” processors. Maloney also said that its Atom processor family will “outpace Moore’s law” and that Intel will accelerate the processor from 32nm through 22nm to 14nm in just three years. The move will allow for more powerful and more battery-efficient Atom processors for tablets, netbooks, and smartphones. The firm also said that Android and MeeGo tablets running its Medfield processor will hit the market during the first half of 2012, and that Medfield will enable sub-9mm designs and products that weigh under 1.5 pounds. Hit the jump for Intel’s full press release. More →

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ViewSonic outs ViewPad 7x Android tablet

By on May 31, 2011 at 8:14 AM.

ViewSonic outs ViewPad 7x Android tablet

During the Computex trade show in Taipei on Monday, ViewSonic officially took the wraps off of its ViewPad 7x Android tablet. We had heard mumblings of the device earlier this month, but now we know all of the ins and outs of the tablet: it runs Android 3.0.1 Honeycomb, is powered by a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, has HSPA+ connectivity, an HDMI-out port, rear and front facing cameras, and a 7-inch LED display with a 1024 x 600 resolution. We hope ViewSonic has plans to update the 7x to Google’s newer Android 3.1 operating system once it launches, but it’s not clear if that’s in the works right now. ViewSonic has not yet announced details on pricing or revealed a launch date, either. Hit the jump for the full release. More →

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ASUS Padfone unveiled at Computex [video]

By on May 30, 2011 at 8:45 AM.

ASUS Padfone unveiled at Computex [video]

ASUS on Monday unveiled its second convertible tablet just ahead of Computex 2011 in Taipei, Taiwan. Using what ASUS calls the “n+1″ concept, which refers to taking a current product and adding a single change that allows the product to evolve beyond its current capability, ASUS sought to simplify the process of moving between a tablet and a phone. The result is a unique 10.1-inch tablet that acts as dock for a 4.3-inch Android smartphone dubbed Padfone. Similar to Motorola’s “webtop” design that allows a smartphone to be docked in a laptop, ASUS’ Padfone smartphone powers the tablet when it is docked. All of the data stored on the smartphone is accessible on the tablet’s display, but the UI is tweaked and enlarged to better accomodate various functions. ASUS’ first convertible design, the Eee Pad Transformer, is in high demand in every market where it is available, and ASUS clearly hopes to build on that success with the Padfone. Hit the break for ASUS’ full press release and a few videos of the Padfone in action. More →

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NVIDIA shows off power of Kal-El quad-core chip with new ‘Glowball’ video

By on May 29, 2011 at 11:00 PM.

NVIDIA shows off power of Kal-El quad-core chip with new ‘Glowball’ video

NVIDIA has released a new video called “Glowball” that shows off the power of its upcoming quad-core Kal-El mobile processor  — the same quad-core monster that should be making its way into Amazon’s “Hollywood” tablet in the near future. The video shows dynamic lighting rendering on a mobile device for the first time, and a 12-core NVIDIA graphics processing unit makes it possible in the Kal-El. The demo is pretty stunning, and we know we definitely can’t wait to see this sort of gaming power reach the palms of our hands. Hit the jump for a video of the Kal-El in action. More →

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ASUS may unveil convertible smartphone-laptop combo at Computex

By on May 27, 2011 at 7:45 AM.

ASUS may unveil convertible smartphone-laptop combo at Computex

Earlier this week, ASUS teased a new device to be unveiled at the annual Computex trade show. The question it raised, “pad or phone?” lead many to speculate that we might be looking at another device featuring a convertible form factor similar to that of the company’s popular Eee Pad Transformer. Now, new teaser images posted to ASUS’ Facebook page add fuel to the fire. The first teaser, pictured above on the left, shows a smartphone and reads, “Break the rules: A tablet that jumps out at you.” The second, pictured on the right, shows both a tablet and an Android phone while asking, “Break the rules: Pad or phone? How about both?” It would now certainly appear as though ASUS is preparing to unveil a hybrid device  that marries a smartphone with a tablet, just as the Eee Pad Transformer married a tablet with a netbook computer. More →

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ASUS teases new tablet to be unveiled at Computex

By on May 24, 2011 at 7:45 AM.

ASUS teases new tablet to be unveiled at Computex

While consumers the world over are still busy trying to get their hands on ASUS’s Eee Pad Transformer, ASUS is prepping a new slate to be unveiled next week at Computex 2011. The Taiwan-based computer maker took to its Facebook page to tease what will seemingly be another unique device. “Break the rules: pad or phone?,” ponders a graphic at the top of the company’s Facebook page. ASUS also seemingly planted three teaser photos of the device on an enthusiast blog to help stir up speculation. The “pad or phone” question leads us to believe the device could be a smaller tablet, possibly in the 5 to 7-inch range, with cellular connectivity or perhaps deeply integrated VoIP functionality. Alternatively, we could possibly be looking at another convertible form factor of some kind, which may help ASUS continue to distinguish its tablet offerings from competing tablets as it did with the Transformer. ASUS will unveil the device at its press conference from Computex on May 30th. Hit the break for three teaser images posted by TechInStyle.tv. More →

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ASUS announces the Eee Pad and Eee Tablet

By on May 31, 2010 at 2:51 PM.

ASUS announces the Eee Pad and Eee Tablet

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Computex 2010 started off with a bang as ASUS unveiled the two newest products in its Eee product line, the Eee Pad and Eee Tablet. Being two dissimilar devices with different markets in mind, let’s start off with the consumer-friendly Eee Pad which just so happens to come in two flavors. The first and no doubt most appealing will be the EP121. Featuring a 12″ touch screen display, webcam and USB port, the EP121 is powered by a CULV Intel Core 2 Duo processor, runs Windows 7 Home Premium, and said to have a battery that can withstand up to 10 hours of continual use. When it comes to market, EP121 owners will have the option of picking up what is billed as “innovative hybrid keyboard/docking station”. More portable than the EP121 is the EP101TC. Exactly what it brings to the table is unclear for now, but we do know it has a 10″ display, webcam, USB port and comes pre-loaded with Windows Embedded Compact 7. The two Eee Pads are said to range in price from around $399 to $499 and are tentatively due for release in Q1 2011. Moving on we have the Eee Tablet. It’s probably not as fancy of a device as you might have predicted, but it’s definitely a notetaker’s dream thanks to its stylus-dependant 2450 dpi resistive touchscreen display (which obviously makes no sense, but according to ASUS means the screen is really striking and “gives the user the feel of writing on paper”). The Tablet’s 2 megapixel camera is said to be useful for taking pictures of whiteboards and lecture notes, while the OS’s support for tagging allows for quick retrieval of information while super speedy 0.1 second page load times make navigation a dream. Wi-Fi, a USB port, support for microSD cards and a battery life rated at 10 hours round out the rest of the known specs. The Eee Tablet should be available come September in the neighborhood of $199 to $299. You know where to click for the press releases. More →

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