Asus Unveils New PadFone Infinity; Includes Snapdragon 800, microSD Slot & More

Sep 17, 2013 - 8:55 AM - by dgstorm

Asus just launched their newest version of the PadFone Infinity. The new tablet docking smartphone device introduces some design tweaks as well as several hardware improvements. First up, the new phone has a slew of new upgrades (and strangely one downgrade):
  • Display = 5-inch - 1,920 x 1,080 Super IPS
  • Battery = 2,400mAh Battery
  • Internal storage = 16GB / 32GB (previous generation was 32GB / 64GB)
  • External storage = MicroSD
  • Rear camera = 13MP f/2.0 (with enhanced software features - PixelMaster, "turbo mode" burst of up to 35fps, )
  • Front-facing cam = 2MP f/2.0
  • Video capture = 1080p
  • Radios = WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100/LTE 800/1800/2600, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
  • CPU = Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz (previously was Snapdragon 600 1.7GHz)
  • RAM = 2GB LPDDR3 (previously was 2GB LPDDR2)
  • Operating system = Android 4.2.2 versus Android 4.1.2
  • Colors = Titanium Black / Platinum White (previously was Titanium Gray / Hot Pink / Champagne Gold)
  • SonicMaster audio technology

We aren't sure why the storage capacity was downgraded, but it was probably a cost cutting measure. At least the device now has a microSD slot to make up for it.

Initially, the PadFone Infinity will sell for the equivalent of $640 off-contract in Taiwan. The new tablet dock will run for $240 with converted price. Interestingly, the new PadFone will supposedly work just fine with the tablet dock of the previous generation, so if you already have one of those, you only need purchase the new phone. So far, Asus has not revealed any info regarding the availability of the device, either in Taiwan or in the rest of the world. Of course, we will update you with that info just as soon as it hits.

Thanks to our tipsters for sending this in!

Source: Engadget
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Twitter for Android Gets a Big Holo-Inspired Redesign in Version 5 Beta

Sep 13, 2013 - 9:49 AM - by dgstorm

On top of the big IPO that Twitter is planning, it looks like they are also planning an upgrade of the app for Android. They have a new version 5 in beta and it is getting a big redesign which seems very Holo-inspired. The new version also comes with a host of new features. Here's a brief bullet-point synopsis:
  • The four section menu at the top of the interface has been replaced with a text-based navigation bar. This one is more consistent with Matias Duarte's app design guidelines.
  • The new version also features a sidebar. It is found by clicking on the Twitter logo button.
  • The sidebar includes the four sections which were originally on the top menu bar. - It also comes with three new ones: Activity, Trending, and Find People.
  • The sidebar also has an intriguing new translucent frosted glass effect, which includes your profile picture as the background.
  • It is possible to rearrange the order of these sections in the menu by dragging them around.
  • Finally, it can display images and videos inline.

Over-all these new features aim to streamline the UI and the process, as well as offer enhanced functionality. If you have had a chance to play with this beta, sound off what you guys think of the new version.

Source: Engadget
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[Rumor] Android 4.4 KitKat Details Leaked; Plus Nexus 5 Might be Coming October 14th

Sep 13, 2013 - 8:29 AM - by dgstorm

We have some juicy news hot off the press! First, there is "rumint" that the Nexus 5 will be unveiled on October 14th. This intel is mostly speculative at this point, but it is definitely within the realm of possibility. Last year the Nexus 4 was launched in October, so it's not a huge logical leap to think they Google might do it again around the same time.

The other info we have to share outlines a few details about the new Android 4.4 KitKat. Here's a breakdown below of what was leaked:
  • Firmware availability to older phones
  • Fragmentation changes (screen resizing)
  • Miracast updates
  • New Gallery Visualisation
  • New APIs regarding animations
  • Change android default blue to other preset palette colours
  • New notification widgets

We can't imagine that this list above is exhaustive, but it makes for a good start. What else are you guys hoping to see in the next iteration of Android?

On a sidenote... doesn't Andy look yummy? Now I want a snack...

Source: TalkAndroid
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Asus Transformer T100 2 in 1 hybrid with Quad Core Bay Trail; Also TF701 in October

Sep 12, 2013 - 10:25 AM - by dgstorm

We have a couple of interesting news bites from Asus for you today. The first one isn't Android related, but it is tablet related and worth a gander. According to the video above (which is a bit painful to watch because of the heavy accent from the speaker), Asus will soon introduce a product called the Transformer Model T100, which is a 2 in 1 hybrid. This Windows 8 based device will supposedly come with the new Quad-Core Bay Trail processor from Intel. Furthermore, this new Asus-made tablet will likely sport an 11 hours run time with the dock. It could come later this month or in October.

It will be interesting to see just how much power the Quad-Core Bay Trail from Intel can dish out. (Incidentally, there is also word that Toshiba's Encore 8" Bay Trail tablet will come out by either end of October or early November and Dell is also coming out with a 8" Venue Bay Trail tablet in October).

The other bit of news from Asus today is that the new TF701 Transformer Pad Infinity they recently announced could also be coming in October. Nothing has been officially confirmed regarding this, but we will keep you updated if/when we find out more.

Thanks for the tip, zeo!
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Google Now's Best Features Shown Off in Ten Minute Video

Sep 11, 2013 - 10:41 AM - by dgstorm

Google Now is easily one of Google's most significant software innovations, yet is frequently an "unsung hero." From its hyper-intelligent search characteristics to its voice command, Google Now is currently the benchmark of such technology. One of the things that makes it stand out is the fact that Google continues to improve and refine it, constantly adding new features and functions to make it even more useful. In fact, to make sure we haven't forgotten everything Google Now is capable of, an enterprising user named Jean-Louis Nguyen, just released a new video which shows off the most distinctive new features added to it over the past year.

The ten minute length of the video alone is a testament to how polished Google Now has become. Google Now's ability to answer a massive variety of questions with excellent accuracy is almost spooky at times. Perhaps a decade from now Google Now might just evolve into some form of Artificial Intelligence. In the mean-time, check out the video so that in 2023 we can look back and laugh at its old baby videos!

Source: PhoneArena
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Asus Also Announced Their next-gen MeMo Pad 8 and 10 at IFA

Sep 05, 2013 - 3:13 PM - by dgstorm

Here's the scoop on the other new Android tablets that Asus announced at IFA this year. They revealed their next-generation MeMo 8 and MeMo 10 tablets. Here's a quote from their press release with the specs,

ASUS today announced two new affordable Android tablets, the MeMO Pad 8 and MeMO Pad 10, with an 8-inch and 10-inch screen, respectively. Both tablets feature a 1280 x 800 resolution, a quad-core processor and microSD card storage.

Designed for easy one-handed use, ASUS MeMO Padô 8 measures just 127mm from side to side and weighs only 350g, yet packs an 8-inch display that gives 30% more screen space than a 7-inch tablet. ASUS MeMO Padô 10 is equally portable, at just 522g.

Vibrant IPS displays and ASUS SonicMaster-enhanced sound
ASUS MeMO Pad 8 (ME180A) and MeMO Pad 10 (ME102A) both feature an LED-backlit display with a 1280 x 800 resolution and IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology for a bright and vibrant image, with wide viewing angles and great daylight visibility. High-quality dual speakers with ASUS SonicMaster audio technology give great sound quality, too.

MeMO Pad 8 also features a rear 5-megapixel camera that captures great quality photos, while MeMO Pad 10 features a 2-megapixel rear camera. Both models also capture 720p HD video and have a 1.2-megapixel front camera for video chat.

Powered by 1.6GHz quad-core processors for a perfect balance of multi-tasking performance and energy efficiency, MeMO Pad 8 has up to nine hours battery life with HD video playback and MeMO Pad 10 up to 9.5 hours. MeMO Pad 8 has 8GB of onboard storage, while MeMO Pad 10 has 8GB or 16GB. Both models also feature a microSDXC card slot.
As we can see, the Transformer Pad Infinity isn't the only Asus tablet to up the ante. Asus didn't share any details on pricing or availability for these two tabs just yet, but that should be forthcoming fairly soon. These two tabs are likely designed to cover the mid-range and budget-friendly market segments. Whihch of these new Asus-made tabs piques your interest the most?

Source: Asus
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Asus Officially Announced the Next-Gen TF701T Transformer Pad Infinity

Sep 05, 2013 - 9:43 AM - by dgstorm

They teased us for the last few days, and then late yesterday they revealed it. Asus announced their next-generation Transformer Pad Infinity, the TF701T. It comes with an unsurprisingly impressive array of specs and features. Heres the scoop:
  • NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40X quad-core
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA, 300ppi) LED-backlit with IPS with 10-point capacitive multi-touch
  • 2GB DDR3L RAM,
  • 32GB/64GB onboard storage with microSDXC (tablet) & SDXC (dock) slots
  • 5MP F/2.4 rear camera with auto focus & 1080p Full HD video recording, 1.2MP front camera with 720p HD video recording
  • 802.11a/b/g/n (dual-band) with Miracast, Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR,
  • Micro-HDMI port, 3.5mm headphone/mic jack
  • USB 3.0 port, microSDXC card slot
  • Accelerometer, ambient light, e-compass, gyroscope
  • Speaker with ASUS SonicMaster technology, microphone
  • Battery for Tablet: 31Wh lithium polymer with up to 13 hours battery life
  • Battery for Dock: 16Wh lithium polymer with up to 4 hours battery life
  • Color Dark gray
  • 263 x 180.8 x 8.9mm, 585g
  • 263 x 180.8 x 7mm, 570g

We don't know exactly when the tablet will hit store shelves, but we do know its pricing: Without the Mobile Dock, the tablet will cost $399, while the bundle will retail for $499. This seems like a pretty spectacular value for the amount of power and features you are getting. Sound off what you think of the new hotness from Asus.
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