The ASUS Padfone, the company's idea for integrating a smartphone, tablet, and laptop experience into one device, will become a reality for Taiwanese shoppers on April 20. It won't come cheap, however, as ASUS says the asking price for the entire suite, including phone, tablet, laptop dock, and Bluetooth stylus will be 28,901 TWD (US$980).
The ASUS Transformer Pad 300 is the new low-end of the Transfomer line of convertible Android tablets. The 300 drops the metal construction and LED flash found on the Transformer Prime, but it has many of the other features that make the Prime so special. The tablet portion has a 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display and an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, and the keyboard dock has a full QWERTY layout and trackpad. The whole rig runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will be released later this year.
It appears that the judge overseeing Hasbro's suit against ASUS over the later's use of the Transformer brand for its line of Android-powered tablets has ruled in favor of ASUS. For the time being.
ASUS finally settled on a design for its unique Padfone combination smartphone and tablet device, and it was showing off the goods at Mobile World Congress last week.
ASUS has been talking about its Padfone smartphone and tablet combo device for a long time, but it has finally locked down a final hardware design and was showing it off at Mobile World Congress. The phone section of the Padfone has a 4.3-inch, qHD Super AMOLED display with bright and vibrant colors and great viewing angles. It is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The phone then docks into the back of the tablet portion of the Padfone, which has a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 pixel display and extended battery that can charge the phone's battery. The tablet is powered by the phone's processor, and provides users with the tablet version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Finally, the tablet portion can then dock into a keyboard dock, effectively making the Padfone a full laptop. ASUS expects to bring the Padfone to market in April, but it has not announced pricing at this time.
The ASUS Transformer Infinity 700 TF700T tablet is a higher-end version of the Transformer Prime. The 700 sports a very high-resolution 1920 x 1200 pixel 10.1-inch Full HD display, with great colors and high viewing angles. It is powered by either a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 or dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processors depending on configuration. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has an optional keyboard dock like the other Transformer tablets from ASUS.
Alongside the announcement for the updated Padfone, ASUS announced a new entry level tablet, the Transformer Pad 300. The Pad 300 is a relative of the popular Eee Pad Transformer tablet in that it features an optional keyboard that can easily transform the tablet into a notebook computer.
At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, ASUS announced a new member of its successful Transformer tablet line, the Transformer Pad Infinity. The Infinity brings home cinema directly to its users' hands and features a 10-inch Super IPS+ touchscreen display that offers 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution and an ultra wide 178 degree viewing angle.
If your memory serves you well, you might recall that ASUS originally announced the Padfone tablet/smartphone hybrid device back in May of 2011. It then reminded us in October that it plans to bring the unique concept to market in 2012, and now it has announced the final design and specs of the Padfone. The main idea hasn't changed much - its a smartphone that docks inside of a tablet - but the hardware has been refined a bit and the phone is using some modern silicon.
ASUS has announced that an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the original Eee Pad Transformer tablet is now being sent out to users. The update will be rolled out gradually over all regions in which the Eee Pad Transformer was sold, starting with Taiwan. Users should get a notification on their tablets when the update is ready to be downloaded and installed.