ASUS teased us last week on their Facebook page about their PadFone 2, but now the day is finally here - introducing, the ASUS PadFone 2. Is it a smartphone? Yes. Can it be a tablet? Yes. It's the best of both worlds, and something revolutionary in an other wise same ol', same ol' smartphone world.
Not to say the rest of the phones on the market are boring, but ASUS are going out on a limb once again with the successor to the PadFone with PadFone 2. Spec wise, we're looking at ASUS' PadFone sporting a 4.7-inch 1280x720 Super IPS+ display, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, up to 64GB of internal storage, backed up by 50GB of ASUS WebStorage.
All of this finds its way into a sleek-looking, 9mm thick device that weighs just 135g. Battery life should be quite good with its 2140mAh battery that ASUS reckon is good for 16 hours of 3G talk-time, and 13 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing.
The pint-sized development platform better known as Raspberry Pi has gained an onboard RAM upgrade without any typical price increase. Purchasers will now have access to 512 MB of RAM instead of the previous 256 MB, which will allow multiple programs to be ran simultaneously or programs with higher memory requirements.
Good Guy Gregg, err, I mean Raspberry Pi Foundation has decided to keep the pricing at the tiny $35 so that as many people as possible can take advantage of the development board. Even Upton said this was one of the most common suggestions for a "Model C" that would cost more money if produced.
"This would be useful for people who want to use the Pi as a general-purpose computer, with multiple large applications running concurrently," he wrote on the official blog.
To take advantage of the new RAM that is shipping on boards, users will have to update the firmware running on the system. In other news, a "Turbo Mode" has been implemented in the firmware which allows the board to run at 1GHz, instead of the standard 700MHz that it comes with from the factory.
Pricing on Apple's upcoming 7.85-inch iPad mini has leaked out from German Media Markt chain, where their internal system has shown us some pricing on various models of the new iPad mini.
With the prices above, Apple are looking to really compete with Google and Amazon at the $300-or-so pricing, which is great. The Apple iPad mini 8GB Wi-Fi only model is priced at 249 Euros, which is around $322. Every step up from there is around $129 extra from 8GB, right up to 64GB for around $710.
There will be 3G-capable models, but surprisingly, Apple aren't offering LTE-based models of the new iPad mini. Considering their iPhone 5 sports LTE compatibility, we should see LTE on these new iPad mini's.
ASUS' PadFone 2 is nearly here, where it shall have its official unveiling on October 16 but until then we have a video of the upcoming smartphone from Bloomberg TV India.
Bloomberg TV India were able to get chummy with ASUS' CEO, Jerry Shen, who allowed them a video tour of the PadFone 2 before its unveiling on October 16. ASUS' PadFone 2 sports a 4.7-inch HD display, and 13-megapixel rear-facing camera.
We should find out more details on the device on Tuesday, but for now, enjoy the video above.
Those who are waiting for the new, rumored iPad mini will have to wait just a bit longer to find out about it. After the rumored October 10 date had come and gone without a whisper from Apple regarding invitations or when an event would be held, new sources are claiming that the launch event will be held October 23.
Interestingly, October 23 is a Tuesday. Apple traditionally hosts its media events and launches on Wednesdays. There isn't any good explanation on why they would do this, though AllThingsD notes that October 23 is just three days before Microsoft will mark its entry into the tablet market with the release of its Surface tablets.
The thought is that they could be hosting it on this day so that they can take some of the press and interest away from Microsoft's new Surface tablets. But, Wednesday would still be before Microsoft starts selling its Surface tablets. Something still seems fishy about the 23rd. Take it with a grain of salt, as with all rumors.
Japanese telco NTT DoCoMo has unveiled a great-looking smartphone from Sharp, the Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E, the first smartphone to bake the IGZO display. IGZO's display uses indium gallium zinc oxide technology that promises higher translucency compared to normal LCDs.
This technology reduces the demand for backlighting on the screen which should result in reduced battery use. The phone sports a 4.9-inch, 1280x720-pixel display, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, Adreno 320 graphics, NFC and 4G LTE compatibility through NTT DoCoMo's network.
The IGZO display-powered Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, which is probably the only downer on an otherwise well-specced smartphone. There's no word on whether this will land anywhere outside of Japan, yet.
LG is working on a device that is rumored to be a Nexus-branded device. As it stands, we currently only have rumored specifications, however, pictures have been plentiful. We now have a plethora of pictures of the device, many of them in focus, well lit, and showing off cool features that we can expect from the device.
Take, for example, the picture above. The back panel of the device shows that it will indeed come with a rear-facing camera--go figure. The rear-camera will also come with an LED flash, as seen by the panel below the camera. There also appears to be a vent or speaker towards the bottom of the device, but on the back panel.
The panel is also branded with "NOT FOR SALE HW REV 1.0 0821" meaning the device could under go revisions before final sale. Rumors place the specifications as a 4.7-inch display with 720p resolution, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon, 2GB of RAM, and an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera.
Verizon will begin selling the DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD on October 18. The new devices continue the design of the popular DROID Android devices that Verizon has been selling for several years now. Of course, they feature updated specifications to keep up with the competitors offerings.
The devices sport a 4.7-inch 1280x720 resolution screen powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. Wireless is complete with 4G LTE and NFC connectivity, still features saved for higher-end models. The RAZR HD sports 16GB of internal storage and will set you back $199.99 with a new two-year contract.
The RAZR MAXX HD is very similar, but will set you back $299.99 with a new two-year contract. Why the cost difference? Well, the MAXX comeds with a 30 percent larger battery and 32GB of internal storage. Verizon's full press statement is in the full story.
The rumors proved correct in this instance. Today, Samsung has officially outed the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, the little brother of their flagship Galaxy S3 device. I just want to take a moment to complain: why did they have to continue to extend the name of the device? The name was already long enough before they attached "Mini" to it.
Now that that is out of the way, let's move on to what you really want to hear about, the specifications. The device sports the rumored 4-inch screen, which should give it broader appeal among customers. It's powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is in turn interpreted by a dual core 1GHz SoC.
The device's design is extremely similar to its larger older brother. It features the same NFC, S Bean feature, and curvy design elements. The rear-facing camera is a 5 megapixel sensor if auto-focus and flash. It sports 8GB of internal storage and up to a 32GB microSD card. Customers should be able to purchase the device in early November.
Our friends over at Mobile Geeks have found some information about a new phone that Samsung is reportedly working on. Mobile Geeks say (translated) that the device is "traded by some as a Samsung Galaxy Nexus second." I believe this means that the GT-I9260 will end up being branded a Galaxy Nexus device.
The device looks similar to the Galaxy S III, Samsung's current flagship device, but as the same time it has a slightly different appearance and size. It will feature a 4.65-inch OLED display that outputs at 1280x720 resolution. The device will be driven by an unnamed dual-core ARM processor clocked at 1.5 GHz.
The device will ship with the latest Android operating system, also known as Jelly Bean or version 4.1. Internal storage will be in the form of 8 or 16 GB which will be used to store the pictures taken with the 8.1 megapixel front-facing camera and the 2 megapixel rear-facing camera.
Of course it comes with the other array of standards such as microUSB port, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, HSPA, microSD, and headset jack. The release date is targeted to be the fourth quarter of 2012.
News has hit that Taiwanese smart device maker HTC has left the US tablet market. Apple's iPad completely dominates the US tablet market and HTC know this, according to the company's global online communications manager, Jeff Gordon.
Gordon has said that HTC will continue to keep tabs on the market, and will most likely return when they have a product that can compete with the iPad. HTC have launched three tablets in the US in the past two years, the Flyer, Evo View 4G and Jetstream, with none of them available for sale right now. Gordon has said:
It was a great learning experience for us, and they definitely met expectations.
I suspect we'll see HTC come back with a Nexus 7-like product, that would be priced at under $350-$400. But time will tell, I guess.
It looks like I'm not the only one not impressed with the iPhone 5, with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak wishing that the new sixth-generation iPhone 5 wasn't just a taller, thinner, faster iPhone 4S. Wozniak says Apple were arrogant in their decision of keeping just a single 4-inch sized iPhone 5.
He notes that the Cupertino-based company should've created two sizes, a smaller iPhone, and a larger as well as wider iPhone. His chat with TechCentral gave quite a lot of insight, and opinion into the company he helped form:
Part of me wishes that Apple had not been so kind of arrogant and feeling we're the only one with the right clue. I wish they had made a small and a large version of the iPhone; that would have been great for me. Keep the aspect ratio the same, horizontal and vertical the same, but just grow it in the other way.
I think Apple tricked itself and said 'oh you could reach everything with one thumb' and I don't see anybody having any trouble using the larger screens. Apple said that as a defensive move because when the other phones came out they all had larger screens. Apple is now trying to run with that defence, saying 'we are right' and really there's a mix of people. Not all people want the same thing and a lot of people really like the big screens.
We've seen some pictures, and we've heard it'll be unveiled before the end of the month, but it looks like LG are set to unveil the "Nexus 4" on October 29, reports French national newspaper Le Figaro.
Le Figaro reports that Google and LG will unveil the new Nexus-branded smartphone which has been dubbed "Nexus 4" on October 29, the newspaper also reports that the smartphone will enjoy its global debut on that day after which it'll reach France on the Vodafone-owned SFR network in December.
Lg Figaro have teased that the Nexus 4 will simultaneously enjoy a product launch alongside the announcement of the smartphone itself, which is something that hasn't happened since the original Nexus One handset. In order to see a huge launch, Google will most likely launch their Nexus 4 device on their Google Play device store.
Hearing "Nexus 4" is new, but it would make sense that LG would want to see their own spin on the name considering Samsung put "Galaxy" in front of their Galaxy Nexus. 4 could also represent the fourth Nexus device, too.
It looks like New York is to be filled with people gushing about Samsung's 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II smartphone come October 24, with the South Korean company sending out invitations for the event itself.
The October 24th event will be the US stop of the Galaxy Note II World Tour, with a press event that night followed by a "consumer celebration" later on that should let the public in on the Galaxy Note II shenanigans.
If you haven't heard, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is a 5.5-inch 'phablet', and comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. We should hopefully have a review up as soon as humanly possible. I'm quite excited to see how this fares not just for me personally, but against Apple's iPhone 5 and with the general public.
We brought you some leaked pricing regarding the Samsung Galaxy S III mini, and now the company has actually confirmed that there will be just such a phone coming--and soon. JK Shin, the head of Samsung Mobile, confirmed this fact earlier today, if reports by Korean news sites are to be believed.
The device is actually set to be announced tomorrow in Germany and could deal a nice blow to Apple in that they beat Apple to the punchline of developing a "mini" version of one of their most popular devices. The device, as we already have reported, will come with a 4-inch screen, which puts it in direct competition with the iPhone 5.
It will also feature a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and Android 4.1. The device, as seen in the picture above, looks quite a bit like it's larger brother, but should appeal to those who felt the Galaxy S III's screen was just a bit too large.
It looks like Samsung is ready to launch their Galaxy S III Mini, which should sport a 4-inch screen and compete directly with the iPhone 5 on screen size. But Mobile Geeks are reporting on a leaked price, with the model number of GT-I8190 and GT-I8190N popping up some online retailers from Switzerland and Austria.
The Galaxy S III Mini is being priced by some Austrian stores at 390 to 540 francs, which when converted is around 323 Euros, or roughly US$399 or so. An expected availability date has been given with the earliest time to expect these mini S III's is October 16, or early-November most likely.
The new Galaxy S III Mini will be made available in the two colors its bigger brother launched in, Marble White and Blue Pebble. We should expect the 4-inch display to sport a resolution of 800x480 pixels, and a less-powerful rear-facing camera. We should expect just a dual-core version of the S III Mini, but that should be fine given that the device is more than powerful enough, even as a dual-core smartphone.
This should be quite popular and gives Samsung such a huge reach on the smartphone market now with the Galaxy S II, S III, S III Mini, Note, and Note II smartphones with 4.3-, 4.8-, 4-, 5.3- and 5.5-inch screens, respectively. Comparing this to their competitor who offers the one and only 4-inch iPhone 5, it gives Samsung a huge amount of power in choice to consumers.
Jean-Baptiste Queru, who is Google's chief release engineer has announced through the Android Building group that Android 4.1.2 has been released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) today.
Some Nexus 7 owners a reporting that they're seeing Android 4.1.2 being pushed to their device, and there's a little bonus with it: landscape home screen support. This is a personal choice, but some people love having their home screen on landscape, and it was one of the things that the Nexus 7 couldn't do with its Jelly Bean OS.
Well, now it can. You should see Android 4.1.2 being pushed out over the course of the next few days and I'll be sure to update my Nexus 7 later on tonight.
ASUS have used their Facebook page to tease that their upcoming Padfone 2 is coming on October 16. There's not much else they say about the phone, apart from "it's intuitive!" and that "it's coming on October 16".
We should expect the ASUS Padfone 2 to really make a big splash for ASUS, as they've been doing the tablet world a good deed with their Transformer range of slates. The Padfone 2 should hopefully rock a quad-core processor, and have its usual tablet accessory, which turns your smartphone into a tablet.
This is quite the design shift from other manufacturers who sell you a tablet or a smartphone, but ASUS let you slide your phone into a bigger device where it turns into a tablet. This is great as you'll then have the one device, with all of your pictures, movies, tunes and more.
LG's Nexus-branded phone continues to make waves on the Internet, where some new photos of the device have popped up. The black plate looks like Sprint's model of LG's Optimus G smartphone, with the front of the device looking like Samsung's Galaxy Nexus - so you'll hear no complaints from most people as it looks great so far.
It does sport a chrome-like bezel, with a speaker grille sitting at the top of the device. The home screen and buttons all look Nexus-like, which should be expected. But, now we have some specs:
- CPU: quad core ARMv7 1.5GHz
- RAM: 2 GB
- Memory: 8GB (no SD slot)
- GPU: Adreno 320
- Android version: JellyBeanMR1
- Kernel 3.4.0
- Screen: 768x1184 (320 dpi)
- Camera: 8 MP
So we're looking at a powerful device, sporting a quad-core processor clocking in at 1.5GHz, but also 2GB of RAM. 8GB of internal storage is included without an expandable microSD slot, which is a disappointment but these specs could change over time. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean fills out the software side of things, and the screen has a resolution of 1184x768, which should give us a DPI of around 320 and works out to an approximately 4.7-inch display, and finally, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera.
The market is about to see a flood of Windows 8 tablets in both the ARM and x86 variety. For the most part, it seems like OEMs are opting for the x86 version, using the Intel Atom and Intel Ivy Bridge ULV processors to power these laptop-hybrid devices. Acer has already announced details on the Iconica W700, an Ivy Bridge Windows 8 tablet.
They have now given us a glimpse of what to expect for the W510, a lower-end version of the Iconia W700. The W510 will release shortly after the W700, coming out on November 9. It will also pack a cheaper price tag, only setting customers back $500 for a 10.1-inch IPS, 1366x768 Windows 8 tablet.
Instead of utilizing an Intel Ivy Bridge chip, the W510 will take advantage of Intel's recently released Atom Z2760 processor, which has been designed specifically for tablets. It will also come with 2GB of RAM, which seems a bit low. The base model will come with 32GB of SSD space, with an upgraded verson featuring 64GB.
Sprint will end up getting a 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. First, I just have to ask why they are bothering with the LTE. I mean, Sprint has barely any LTE coverage--I should know, I own a 4G LTE iPhone 5--and the rollout isn't exactly taking place at a blistering rate, so it seems a bit useless to pack it into a device.
That said, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a powerful and sleek device. Under the hood it packs a 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The screen is a, as the name implies, 10.1-inch WXGA PLS TFT display, which supports a rather low resolution of 1280x800.
One of the cool features of the tablet, though, is that it can act as a hotspot and share its 4G LTE connection with up to 10 devices by leveraging its wireless capabilities. Another cool feature of the tablet is its ability to operate as a universal remote. As it stands, pricing and availability are unknown and will be announced at a later time.