In February of 2012, ASUS showed off the original Phone/Tablet hybrid, the Padfone, which was released in April of the same year. Now, only six months later, they will unveil the next iteration of their 2011 hype-machine on October 16th. As someone who was very excited when the original Padfone was unveiled, I’ll be anxiously awaiting for the 16th to arrive.
The original Padfone was somewhat overhyped. The original was preceded by a swath of “leaked” benchmarks and specification sheets, only to be released with mainstream specs and a severely underwhelming display. Now, complete with its own set of leaks and promises, the successor is in the same position. Fans and followers of the original are now anxiously awaiting for October 16th to see if ASUS can release the groundbreaking device that was promised with the original.
Oh ASUS, how we love you so. Not only are you giving us cutting edge hardware and lightly bloated software, you also give us the ability to unlock your devices so that we can do as we please. Sure it comes at the price of voiding our warranties, but that is a risk and a responsibility us crack-flashers are willing to deal with.
Like they did shortly after the Transformer Prime was released, ASUS today released the Unlock Tool for the Transformer Pad 300 and allows users the ability to unlock the device’s bootlader. Not only does this make a growing population of the Android community happy, it hopefully sets a precedent for other manufacturers to do the same. The process is rather easy and is only a matter of installing a third party app and pressing a couple of buttons. One thing is for certain, though. If you don’t know what you are getting into, it is highly recommended that you educate yourself on the risks of altering your device’s software. This process WILL void your warranty and ASUS actually keeps tabs on the serial numbers that have been unlocked. So if you are the owner of a new Transformer Pad 300 and want to gain full control over your device, hit up the source link below for details on how to unlock your tablet’s bootloader. Kuddos ASUS, kuddos.
If you are anything like us, you are looking forward to the release of the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700T), the 10.1-inch Android tablet boasting an astounding 1920×1200 (1080p) resolution. It has been said that the device would see a European launch on July 10th and the recent FCC approval would put us right on track for a timely release. Sporting the Tegra 3 chipset, the TF700T that was just approved by the FCC is the Wi-Fi only version, the LTE equipped version is still nowhere to be seen. For those of you that are hoping to get your hands on the cellular version of the device, it looks like you will have to wait a bit longer but we imagine it will also be stopping by the FCC in the near future. Let’s just hope it’s sooner rather than later. We will keep you posted.
The ASUS Padfone, that weird phone/tablet hybrid device, was supposed to launch in Taiwan at the end of April, and in Italy sometime in May. But now, according to a tweet by ASUS Indonesia, it seems that the launch may be delayed due to a shortage of Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processors. An ASUS spokesperson told The Verge “I believe [the shortage is] affecting all of Qualcomm’s customers.”
That’s not a direct admission of a delay from ASUS, but it’s as close as it can come. Basically, ASUS is saying that the Padfone uses the S4, and the S4 is running low on supply. Make your own conclusions. Let’s hope Qualcomm can get production ramped up soon!
via: the verge
We have known about the Transformer Pad TF300 since Mobile World Congress, but ASUS did not say exactly when we could get it or for how much. All of that has changed however, as ASUS has officially announced the pricing and availability for it. Online sales of the NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered slate start on April 23rd, while retail locations begin on April 30th. The 16GB model will set you back $379, while the 32GB adds $20 to the price. The optional docking station is an extra $149, but unfortunately it is not backwards compatible with the Transformer TF101 or Transformer Prime TF201. The only color available at launch will be royal blue, with torch red and iceberg white appearing in June. Overall, those prices are not too bad considering you are getting an Android 4.0.3 tablet with a quad-core processor that can pull double-duty as a netbook if you opt for the docking station.
Source: Android Central
We are one step closer to a few ASUS jewels landing in the palms of our hands. For starters, we know you have been talking about the PadFone, the most intriguing of the upcoming devices for some time now. Sure there have been pre-orders available for it in Taiwan since earlier in the month, but what about the rest of us? Well for those of you in Europe at least, the wait will not last much longer. While at the ASUS Milan Design Week 2012, ASUS has confirmed the Padfone will arrive in Italy in late May– which is the same time the device should launch elsewhere in Europe. The company even gave details of the upcoming release by highlighting the smartphone and the tablet combo (which will be known as Padfone Station) will go for EUR 699 ($915 USD), while the keyboard (known as the PadFone Dock) will cost EUR 149 more ($195 USD).
ASUS doesn’t stop there either folks. The mouthwatering Transformer Pad Infinity 700 will arrive in Italy on June 10th. Also known as the Transformer Prime HD, it will arrive as a 64GB WiFi-only model for EUR 600 ($785 USD). The keyboard dock accessory will cost EUR 149 ($195) like the PadFone Dock. Oh and those of you looking for something premium, but not too premium will be able to find the Transformer Prime 300 next month for EUR 400 ($525 USD) for the WiFi version and EUR 500 ($655) for the 3G version. Ladies and gents— get ready to break open your wallets and pocketbooks.
Source: Notebook Italia
Many of you are probably looking forward to getting your hands on one of the new ASUS products like the Padphone or the Transformer Pad Infinity. Although ASUS just revealed European pricing, availability is still a little ways off yet. Notebook Italia is reporting that the 32GB Padphone is scheduled to release in European markets in late May and is going to be pretty expensive. We’re talking 700 euros ($914) expensive, and that doesn’t even include the keyboard dock. The dock is going to cost you an additional 150 euros ($200) if you want to turn your duo into a trio. Still no pricing and availability on the LTE Padphone but it’s believed that it could be out sometime in September.
As far as the Transformer Pad Infinity goes, the 64GB Wi-Fi version should arrive in European markets on June 10th with the hefty price tag of 600 euros ($780). What ever happened to the previously suggested price of $699 for the 64GB version, ASUS? And since no mention was made of the LTE version, we cant help but wonder if ASUS has delayed its launch for some reason. If we hear anything more we will be sure to let you know.
Source: Notebook Italia
via: Unwired View
Still suffering from spotty or non-existent GPS signal on your beloved Transformer Prime? Already heard the news that Asus is set to offer a GPS dongle to resolve the issue? Well time to get registering folks as the website is now live.
Those of you holding out for a software fix will unfortunately be disappointed as it appears that the rather unsightly dongle is your only hope. The dongle plugs into the proprietary port which in turn means you won’t be able to use it whilst charging or in conjunction with the laptop dock. Quite the sacrifice to make for an accurate GPS lock.
Naturally the dongle will be absolutely free providing you register before the 31st of July 2012. There’s no word on when you should expect to receive the unit once ordered nor is there any clarification as to what happens beyond the cut off date. Still, it’s refreshing to see Asus is dedicated to providing a solution to the messy situation.
Click the link below to register for your dongle.
So what’s the verdict owners of the Transformer Prime, are you happy with this solution? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Source : Asus
In the market for a new tablet, but want something with a little more ‘oomph’? ASUS may have the cure for what ails you. In going with ASUS’ newfound philosophy of revamping its Transformer line, it went ahead and unleashed its newest quad-core monster the Transformer Pad 300 which will begin shipping next Sunday, April 22. It will come fully loaded featuring a Tegra 3 processor and Ice Cream Sandwich operating on a 10-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800, an 8MP and 1.2MP FF cameras. As good as this sounds, ASUS wants consumers to know that it’s latest option in the Transformer line is different from its competition– so what is it that separates this device from the others? Well ASUS puts it simple by highlighting the Transformer Pad 300 is “a laptop replacement with 4G LTE network capabilities”. Awesome.
You all salivating at the thought of owning one of these yet?
Source: PC World
Asus has begun bringing their lineup of tablets to market starting with the Tranformer Pad 300, which was dubuted at MWC this year along with the Transformer Pad Infinity and Padfone. The Pad 300 should be rearing its pretty little face anytime now as it’s been currently listed with several online retailers. The 32 GB model popped up in France for €499 ($650) however, according to the folks over at The Verge, they rendered Google Shopping results showing $379 (16GB) at J&R. We’re unable to duplicate those findings so we’ll just take their word for it. Just to recap on the Pad 300, it’s touting a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset, a 10.1-inch display with 1280 x 800 res, a gig of RAM and a pretty decent 8 meg camera for its main shooter. Stay tuned as we patiently await for the official launch of the device along with its cousins the Infinity Tab and Padfone. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.