Make Your Broadband ISP Cry with 300Mbps LTE-Advanced This Year (Korea Only)

Jan 20, 2014 - 10:34 AM - by dgstorm

How would you like to make your broadband ISP cry by switching to wireless service which blows them away in speeds. If you live in South Korea, you might be able to do that this year. SK Telecom will be deploying LTE-Advanced wireless internet service in that country later this year. This new service will offer speeds up to 300Mbps!

Back in January of 2011, we shared a report discussing the then-future LTE-Advanced technology being tested in Korea. In fact, in that article the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) board in Korea anticipated that some form of LTE-Advanced would deploy by 2014. While the full potential of their 600Mbps theoretical speeds from back then will not yet be realized, the 300 Mbps is still a magnificent achievement.

The technology being deployed by SK Telecom uses...

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Transformer Pad TF502T Shows Up on Asus' Website with Android OS

Jan 13, 2014 - 3:47 PM - by dgstorm

It looks like Asus has made the TF502T a reality. For the most part it is just a rebranding of the TF600T, but instead of a Windows RT OS, it now has Android 4.2. Specs-wise it's a pretty good offering:
  • NVIDA Tegra 3
  • 2GB of on-board RAM
  • 10-inch 1366 x 768 display - Super IPS with screen brightening technology and is protected by Corning Fit Glass - 178 degrees viewing angle
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth V4.0 and NFC
  • F/2.2 8MP camera with flash on back
  • 2MP camera on back
  • Includes four speakers along with ASUS’ SonicMaster technology - (stereo sound can be used in landscape and portrait modes)
  • 32GB or 64GB models

Of course, the tab can batch up with a dock that includes a keyboard. It also has its own battery which can charge the tablet’s internal battery when it drops to a set level. The tablet and dock combined have a battery life of 16 hours. Their website doesn't offer a price yet, but we can expect something soon at Mobile World Congress.

Source: Asus
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Asus Officially Unveils Padfone X; Coming to AT&T This Quarter

Jan 06, 2014 - 4:50 PM - by dgstorm

The Padfone X was officially unveiled by Asus at CES 2014 already. The new all-in-one tablet-phone hybrid device will be coming to AT&T in the coming months. We don't know all the details of the device yet, but we know the tablet has shrunk from 10.1 to 9-inches and it will sport a Snapdragon 800 CPU. Here's the full press release below with more of the details,

INNOVATIVE SMARTPHONE AND TABLET IN ONE TO JOIN THE NATION’S FASTEST AND MOST RELIABLE 4G LTE NETWORK

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2014 – AT&T1 today announced that it will carry the ASUS PadFone™ X, a smartphone and tablet in one, exclusively in the U.S. Pricing, detailed specifications and availability will be announced at a later date.

“We are committed to delivering our customers the most innovative and compelling device portfolio,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T. “The PadFone X is first of its kind in the U.S. It combines leading technology, a beautiful design and a remarkably seamless application experience – all on the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network. This allows consumers to run their smartphone apps instantly on a vivid 9-inch tablet display. The magic of it is that the experience is not just bigger, it’s better than on a traditional smartphone.”

“AT&T and ASUS share a passion for innovation and we are very excited to bring the ASUS PadFone X to the U.S market,” said Jonney Shih, chairman, ASUS. “Our technology is capable of instantly turning a premium smartphone into a tablet, giving consumer the ultimate experience on both devices. Together, we look forward to bringing more choices to consumers.”

A Great Screen for Every Scenario

The PadFone X is a 5-inch full HD smartphone that activates a 9-inch full HD tablet when the phone is docked. It runs Android KitKat 4.4. and features a thin and light design with a brushed metal frame, a soft-touch back cover and dual front speakers that deliver captivating audio.

The PadFone X combines both smartphone and tablet into a thin and light package with seamless transitions that lets the user choose between two screen sizes dependent on the task at hand. Its unique design and features include:

Seamless Transition – Simply dock the smartphone and Apps running will instantaneously auto-adjust to fit the larger PadFone station display.
Optimal Experience – Consumers can effortlessly select the display experience that’s optimized for the application and their environment at that moment – whether they are watching a video at their kitchen table or taking a call as they run out the door. The PadFone X delivers a uniquely seamless experience that enables today’s mobile life.
Large Battery – The companion PadFone station includes a large battery. It charges the smartphone’s battery when docked, providing two times longer battery life. This allows users to do more of the things they love, for longer.
State-of-the-Art Technologies

The PadFone X supports LTE-Advanced technology, including Carrier Aggregation. The
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NVIDIA and Epic Show Off Unreal Engine 4 Demo on Kepler-Based Tegra K1 Mobile Chipset

Jan 06, 2014 - 11:46 AM - by dgstorm

As you can see from the video below, NVIDIA is very serious about trumping the competition with impressive mobile gaming technology. The makers of the new Kepler-based Tegra K1 chipset have teamed up with the game developer Epic to show off a mobile version of the Unreal Engine 4 and the results are amazing. This new and much more powerful GPU technology for mobile will go a long way toward squeezing the differences between mobile gaming and desktop gaming. NVIDIA's plan is not just to blur the line between mobile gaming and PC/desktop gaming, but to completely eradicate it.


As fast as they are improving the technology, it might just surprise us how quickly they can make that happen. After-all, the idea of 192-cores in a mobile GPU would have been unheard of just 3-4 years ago.
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NVIDIA Officially Unveils Tegra K1 Mobile Architecture with 192-Core GPU

Jan 06, 2014 - 11:28 AM - by dgstorm

NVIDIA had a rough year last year struggling to compete with Qualcomm's monster successes in the mobile world. This year they are coming out with guns blazing though. Late yesterday they had a pre-CES event in which they announced their new Tegra K1 mobile architecture. It's not the Tegra 5, which will come later, but is more of a jump-start bridge to hit the ground running fast and hard this year. The new Tegra K1 boasts some very impressive advances, including a new 192-core GPU. The CPU for this architecture will come in two flavors: one is a 32-bit four-plus-one core using a Cortex A15 CPU, and the other is a 64-bit dual-core processor using an ARMv8 CPU.

The GPU is being touted as the "fastest on the planet," and boasts speeds that are 1.5 times that of current mobile GPU tech. It uses elements from NVIDIA's famed Kepler architecture for the desktop. Here's a press statement with more of the details,

Tegra K1 is the first mobile chip to feature the NVIDIA Kepler architecture that powers the fastest graphics card on the planet, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti. For the first time, next-generation PC gaming will now be available on mobile platforms.

Tegra K1 is offered in two pin-to-pin compatible versions - a 32-bit quad-core (4-Plus-1 ARM Cortex-A15 CPU) and a custom, NVIDIA-designed 64-bit dual Super Core CPU. This CPU (codenamed “Project Denver”) delivers very high single-thread and multi-thread performance. Both versions deliver stunning graphics and visual computing capabilities powered by the 192-core NVIDIA Kepler GPU.

With Tegra K1, users will experience:

New Gaming Standards
  • Full support for the latest PC-class gaming technologies – including DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.4 and tessellation - enabling it to run the world’s most advanced game engine, Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4
  • The same graphics features as next-gen gaming consoles (Xbox One, PS 4) and faster performance vs. current gen consoles (Xbox 360, PS 3)

New Creative Capabilities
  • Advanced computation capabilities to speed applications for computer vision and speech recognition
  • Support for NVIDIA CUDA – the world’s most pervasive parallel computing platform – enabling computer vision, advanced imaging, speech recognition, video editing and more

New Efficiency Benchmarks
  • Breakthrough energy efficiency, more so than any other mobile GPU at the same power level
  • Kepler is the world’s fastest and most energy-efficient GPU architecture, powering all 10 of the world’s most energy-efficient supercomputers
It looks like NVIDIA is working hard to get back in the race. We look forward to seeing what they can come up with throughout 2014! Here's the full press release at the source link below.

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ASUS User Manual Confirms New Windows Tablet: VivoTab Note 8

Jan 03, 2014 - 9:19 AM - by dgstorm

Although this site started out primarily with a focus on the Asus Transformer Android tablet series, over time things have evolved beyond that scope. Now we have several different types of Asus tablet sections in the forums, including even Asus Windows tablets. To that end, we found a new Windows tablet offering from Asus called the VivoTab Note 8 that looks very intriguing. It was revealed through an Asus user manual made available online and includes most of the specs. Here they are below:
  • Windows 8.1
  • Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Up to 64GB of storage (probably several options)
  • 1,280 x 800 touchscreen (which may include Wacom digitizer support)
  • Dedicated stylus
  • Front and rear cameras
  • A microSD slot

As you can see, this could be a capable little tablet and might provide a ton of value if the price were right. We suspect this tab will be officially unveiled at CES next week, so stay tuned for more info.

Source: Asus Manual pdf
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Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF701T On Sale at Amazon for $400 ($50 Bucks Off)

Dec 13, 2013 - 2:33 PM - by dgstorm

For fans of the Asus Transformer series, (or anyone looking to grab one), the new Infinity TF701T is on sale at Amazon right now. You can grab the premium tablet at decent $50 dollar discount. This brings the price down to $399.99. Considering all the bells & whistles included in this baby, that's a pretty good price. It's most distinguishing characteristics are its NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and 2560x1600 screen.

We aren't sure if this is a temporary sale or a newly discounted regular price, so you might want to check out the offer soon. Here's a link below.

Source: Amazon - ASUS TF701T
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