ASUS has ignored the US market with each smartphone release, but the Taiwanese manufacturer will finally begin selling in the U.S. next year when it delivers the Padfone phone that can transform into a tablet.
ASUS PadFone line of Android phones have always been transformative devices capable of docking into special shells that run a tablet mode on a larger screen. The new ASUS PadFone Infinity does that with a huge upgrade to its screen and processor.
ASUS already has a PadFone that can be a Android phone or a tablet when connected to a smartphone accessory, but the company today announced the Fonepad, an Android tablet that's capable of making phone calls without any add-ons.
ASUS today announced its PadFone 2, an Android 4.0 device that can be a quad-core smartphone or connect to a special dock to become a quad-core tablet.
ASUS has announced plans to update both the Transformer Pad Prime (TF201) and the Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean starting today.
While companies often coyly tease their product announcements in press invitations, the Taiwanese manufacturer has made it clear that its next gathering will be to unveil the ASUS Padfone 2.
British owners of the Transformer Pad TF300 can upgrade their tablet to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean beginning today. The firmware update adds new Jelly Bean features like enhanced notifications and the Face Unlock liveness check, as well as improvements to pre-installed apps. ASUS plans to announce more supported devices soon, but Transformer Pad TF300 users can check for the update now by going to Settings > About Tablet > System firmware update > Check update.
ASUS confirmed to The Verge today that it plans to release updates for its Transformer Pad line of Android tablets that will upgrade them from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Eee Pad Transformer, Transformer Prime, and Transformer Pad Infinity are all slated to get the update, which is due to arrive in the "coming months." ASUS says that more specific information about the timing of the updates will be provided closer to their release dates.
ASUS has revealed that the latest and greatest version of its Transformer line of tablets, the Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T, will be available for purchase in the U.S. starting next month. Like the Transformer Prime, the Infinity runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. The Infinity steps out on its own with its new 1920 x 1200 pixels Super IPS+ display, however. As it is a Transformer, it is also compatible with an optional keyboard dock. Expect to pay $499 for the 32GB version of the tablet and $599 for the 64GB edition when the tablet arrives the week of July 16.. The optional keyboard dock will run you an additional $149. For more looks at the tablet, be sure to check out our hands-on with the TF700T from Mobile World Congress earlier this year.
ASUS has announced through its official Twitter account that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for the Eee Pad Slider tablet is now available in the U.S. The update offers Android 4.0.3 and is available to owners as an over-the-air download or from the ASUS website as a direct download. ASUS says that it will offer the update in the UK "shortly."