This evening, Asus announced that the Transformer Pad (TF300) will be the first non-Nexus device to officially receive the update to Android 4.2. The update starts rolling out today via over-the-air update in the U.S. and will be available in other regions later this month.
Other than all of the standard Android 4.2 features that are included like multi-user support, a new keyboard, and DayDream, the new firmware will also provide updates to Asus’ App Locker, Virtual Keyboard, Lock Screen and Setup Wizard applications.
The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity, ASUS MeMO Pad Smart 10”, and ASUS MeMO Pad will receive Android 4.2 in Q2.
After announcing the new Padfone Infinity, Asus had one more trick up their sleeves before calling it a day at Mobile World Congress. They unveiled the Fonepad (yes, that’s like the opposite of Padfone), a 7″ tablet with full voice and data capabilities. There are no docking tricks here, this is strictly a tablet, but one that can make calls and crush data on the go over HSPA+ networks.
Inside, you’ll find a Intel Atom Z2420 processor, Android 4.1, a 1280×800 HD display, HSPA+ radios, 8/16GB storage options, microSD cart slot, 1.2MP front camera, and a 3MP rear camera. Asus also tossed in some exclusive apps Floating App, SuperNote lite, and WebStorage Office Online.
The tablet is ultimately being sold as a device for viewing and consuming content on a larger screen, but that still has the ability to do the basics, like make phone calls.
Availability starts in March. The 8GB model will run €219. (more…)
Asus is at it again with their phone-inside-of-a-tablet line of products called the Padfone. Announced this morning at Mobile World Congress, we have the brand new Padfone Infinity, a phone with a 5″ 1080p display, 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 64GB storage, 13MP camera, LTE, and Android 4.2. But most importantly, it also docks into a tablet shell, just like its brothers and sisters did, to turn your phone into a 10.1″ tablet as an all-in-one type of device. (more…)
Now that we have HTC’s One event out of the way, the next big event to look forward to is Mobile World Congress. ASUS is taking its turn on the marketing campaign hypewagon for the upcoming show with this latest video. Shot from the perspective of shocked onlookers, Barcelona is taken over by a flying “metallic miracle.” (more…)
For anyone looking to get concrete sales figures on the Nexus 7, Google has a habit about keeping those pretty private. Luckily for us, we have companies and mobile analysts like Benedict Evans who decided to dig a bit deeper. According to Evans, since the device went on sale, Google looks to have sold roughly 4.5 to 4.6 million Nexus 7 tablets. This figure, which was taken from sales reports out of ASUS and comments from their CEO, is pretty respectable in terms of being an Android tablet. (more…)
Over in Thailand, ASUS made the MeMo Pad 10 official at a mobile expo. The device, which we have seen and wrote about a couple of times, comes with a 10″ WXGA display, a Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, and slot for a microSD which allows for additional storage on top of all already present 16GB. (more…)
We know ASUS is king of the low-priced tablet market, given the popularity of the Nexus 7, but it seems that they just can’t help themselves from going lower and lower. They recently launched the 7″ MeMo Pad in Europe for about $150, and now there is new talk of an Intel-powered “ultra-budget” tablet. (more…)
This morning, ASUS’s budget-friendly MeMo Pad 7″ is finally official. We have seen plenty of render leaks and spec leaks, but we are sort of surprised that they have gone ahead and launched the device right before MWC. Either way, it’s out now, and the specs have not changed since we talked about them previously. (more…)