Alongside the trio of Zenfone devices, ASUS released a new PadFone mini. Unlike the dual-SIM, Qualcomm-powered device with the same name which broke cover in December last year, the newcomer features Intel Atom SoC.
The new ASUS PadFone mini consists of a compact smartphone with 4” WVGA IPS+ display and a docking station with a 7” screen of the same type. Read more »
This week was marked by CES and we were busy covering all the new hardware manufacturers were throwing our way. But now that the show is over, we though it’s time to hear what you think about some of the most interesting gadgets that debuted there.
Take the new Sony Xperia Z1 Compact – it was the most exciting phone announcement at the trade show (one of the few), but the phone had its proponents and detractors. Read more »
Sony announced the massive 6.4″ Xperia Z Ultra phablet back in June and it made it to the retail stores shortly after. The Xperia Z Ultra is one of the first Snapdragon 800-powered devices we’ve met along with the LG G2, but it was certainly a rather large device even for a phablet.
It seems that Sony has finally given up on persuading you that the Xperia Z Ultra can be used as a phone, though as the company is preparing a Wi-Fi-only flavor of the device. An Xperia Z Ultra device running on Qualcomm’s MSM8074 Snapdragon 800 chipset has popped up in both USA’s FCC and AnTuTu’s benchmark databases. MSM8074 system-on-a-chip is a Snapdragon 800 platform which lacks mobile network connectivity. Read more »
The middle name of Samsung’s Galaxy devices is “value-added”. The latest batch of tablets fresh from CES, the Pro lineup, are getting a list of goodies so complex it comes in table form. That’s for the new Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet, but also the Galaxy Tab Pro tablets (12.2, 10.1 and 8.4).
With these apps under its belt, the Pro tablet will be all set for cloud storage, social networking, organizational tools, news sites, creative and other tools. Read more »
In terms of tablets, it’s hard to get more bang for your buck than the Nexus 7. Well Woot made buying one an even sweeter deal today but knocking off $50 from the price of Google’s tablet.
Keep in mind that these are for factory reconditioned Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi only units, so they won’t be brand new out of the box.
With the discount, you can pick up the 16GB version for $189, and the 32GB Nexus 7 for only $219, making it one of the better bargains out there right now. Especially when you consider the specs: a quad-core 1.5GHz Krait CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 1200 x 1920 IPS display with a 5MP primary camera and a 1.2MP front-facing unit. Read more »
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab Pro line of slates in 12.2″, 10.1″ and 8.4″ flavor at CES 2014 – all sporting the impressive 2560 x 1600 screen resolution and all having LCD displays.
However the middle child in the bunch – the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 may have a PenTile screen matrix meaning not your typical RGB variety pixel arrangement. Read further for the scoop. Read more »
A Bluetooth SIG listing that popped up today suggests that HP is planning on releasing its own phablet: the HP Slate 6 Voice Tab. Deemed a “voice tablet”, and with a screen measuring 6 inches, it’s safe to assume that HP is trying to get into the gigantic smartphone game.
The speculation becomes more interesting coupled with stories of HP purportedly working to distribute two tablets, 7 and 6 inches respectively, in developing markets for under $250 each. If HP does indeed sell a 6-inch Android phablet for under $250 SIM-free, it could certainly perk up some ears in the smartphone world. Read more »
Late last year we heard about Audi and Google’s partnership to provide an in-car infotainment system powered by Android.
Google has since unveiled its Open Automotive Alliance, and their new partnership with Audi has resulted in a specially designed tablet optimized for in-car use, but also can be taken outside the car as a fully-functioning standalone device. Read more »
XOLO is playing Pokemon with chipset provides, doing all it can to catch them all. The latest addition is AMD. The XOLO Win is a 10.1″ tablet running Windows 8, powered by an AMD APU that uses the same CPU core as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (Jaguar).
XOLO aims the tablet at youths and working professionals. Read more »
The last device Asus announced on CES at Las Vegas was the innovative Asus Transformer Book Duet. It’s a dual-boot slate with a detachable keyboard dock that looks a bit like MacBook Air and can run both Android 4.2 and Windows 8.1 in both tablet and laptop modes.
The slate is based on Intel i3/i5/i7 with the latest Intel’s dual OS platform that allows running Android and Windows on a single device and supports switching instantaneously between them via a single button. Asus rates the switching time to 4s and it appears about right when trying it for real. Read more »
Micromax outed its new Canvas Laptab at CES 2014 and got a chance to take it out for a spin. The device is a part of a new trend of devices that’s able to dual-boot both Android 4.2.2 and Windows 8.1, and seamlessly switch between them.
It’s all thanks to Intel’s new “dual OS platform” technology that allows you to run both OSs on a single device, and we already saw it in action on the Asus Transformer Book Duet. Read more »
Intel’s keynote at the on-going Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas saw the announcement of a new technology, which the company calls ‘dual OS platform’. The newest innovation from the semi-conductor company allows you to run two of the most popular operating systems, Android and Windows, on a single device.
With Intel’s newest technology on board, you can switch from Android to Windows OS almost instantly by just pushing a button. Read more »
ASUS has announced a new 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, the VivoTab Note 8 today at CES. It comes with a special Wacom stylus, a 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, 2GB RAM, a 5MP primary camera, and an HD front camera.
The real star of the show, asserts ASUS, is the Wacom stylus. It can purportedly deal with 1,000 pressure levels, making this a potentially enticing device for artists and users who are looking for a more true-to-life longhand writing experience. In the Windows tablet landscape, there really isn’t anything else like it, so it makes sense for ASUS to push the Wacom stylus’ technology. Read more »
Mozilla’s Firefox OS developer program for tablets was just announced today. The company pledges to distribute both hardware and other support to developers dedicated to growing the tablet operating system.
Mozilla hopes to flesh out its OS in the same fashion that its ground-breaking web browser was developed: through a communal effort. Mozilla plans on beginning the development program soon after CES comes to a close and it hopes to have a working and ready tablet OS build this year. Read more »
Asus has unveiled a new convertible device that’s set to dual boot between Android and Windows. More impressively the device can switch between them seamlessly in as little as 4 seconds.
Powered by 4th-generation Intel processors, the Transformer Book Duet has the standard folding form factor of ultrabooks, but also features the removable 13.3-inch screen that Asus is famous for. Read more »