Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, and Asus PadFone X now available at AT&T
Jun06

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, and Asus PadFone X now available at AT&T

Today three new devices have become available to order from AT&T, and right on time no less. We’re talking about two Samsung tablets and an Asus thing that’s a smartphone that becomes a tablet – once you tuck it into a tablet dock of sorts (which thankfully is included in the box, no need for a separate purchase). The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 are both up for grabs starting now. The Galaxy Note Pro is obviously the (much more) expensive one, coming in at a whopping $799.99 with a two-year contract (or $899.99 without). It does, however, feature the biggest screen currently available on a tablet, so if that’s something you’re after, this is definitely the device for you. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, on the other hand, is much more affordable at $379.99 with a long-term service agreement, or $479.99 sans that. But obviously with the lower price come lower-end specs compared to the Note Pro, much more so in fact. The Asus PadFone X is priced at $199.99 (with contract), which makes it quite a deal, considering it can be viewed as both a smartphone and a tablet (just not at the same time). And for a smartphone, it is pretty capable...

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AT&T finally starts taking pre-orders for the Asus PadFone X on June 6
May28

AT&T finally starts taking pre-orders for the Asus PadFone X on June 6

AT&T and Asus first announced the PadFone X in January. Yes, January. And the device still isn’t available to this day. In fact, the carrier only made the PadFone X’s specs public at the end of March. And here we are, exactly two months later, and we finally get a release date. Sort of. It’s June 6, but AT&T’s press release says that’s when pre-orders will start. An actual shipping date isn’t mentioned, so maybe we’ll find that out on a different occasion. Or perhaps the carrier misspoke and June 6 is actually when you’ll be able to pick up a PadFone X. It’s all a bit unclear at the moment, but regardless – the good news is that the PadFone X can’t be more than a few weeks away at this point. So if you’ve been patiently waiting for this device for months, then your time has almost come. AT&T has priced the Asus PadFone X at $199.99 with a two-year contract, or $22.92 per month with AT&T Next 18, or $29.80 with AT&T Next 12. If you go with the Next options, you won’t pay anything upfront. The tablet dock is included in the price, by the way. The Asus PadFone X has a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and a 2,300 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. The dock features a 9-inch 1,920×1,200 touchscreen, a 1 MP front camera, and a 4,990 mAh...

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Asus K01A tablet revealed by the FCC
Apr28

Asus K01A tablet revealed by the FCC

Asus has launched many Android tablets over the past few years, and recently it seems to have focused on low-cost models primarily. If you like that, well, then you’ll also appreciate that the Taiwanese company seems to be hard at work on yet another such offering. The model number is K01A, and this Asus tablet is as low-end as you can make one these days. It has a 7-inch 1,024×600 touchscreen, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, a couple of cameras (one on the front, one on the back), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS, and a 3,200 mAh battery. The exact pixel count of the cameras isn’t known yet, nor is the chipset used or the amount of RAM. Or, really anything other than what you’ve just read. This limited information comes from an FCC report that has surfaced today via Phone Arena. At the moment, we also don’t know which version of Android the K01A runs. Surely some more detailed specs will leak soon, because this device is clearly on its way to the market… somewhere. We’ll bring you more about the Asus K01A as we...

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Asus PadFone X has its specs officially revealed by AT&T
Mar28

Asus PadFone X has its specs officially revealed by AT&T

On January 7, Asus announced the PadFone X for AT&T. So almost three months ago. Time has passed (a lot of it, really), yet up until this moment we didn’t even have a full spec list for the device, let alone a price or release date. Today though AT&T finally decided it’s time to at least let us know what to expect from the PadFone X in terms of specs, while still saying absolutely nothing about when it will be for sale or how much it would cost. Ah well, let’s take what we can then. The Asus PadFone X will come with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and a 2,300 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. Its dimensions are 143.93×72.46×9.98 mm, and it weighs 150 grams. Those measurements make it bigger than the LG G2 in every way, even though that handset has a screen that’s larger by .2 inches. So this isn’t the most compact 5-inch offering, that’s for sure. The tablet dock will come with a 9-inch 1,920×1,200 touchscreen, a 1 MP front camera, and a 4,990 mAh battery. Its dimensions will be 250.4×172.25×11.63 mm, and it will weigh 514 grams. “Stay tuned for ordering and availability details”, AT&T...

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UK: Nexus 7 now just £149.99, 25% cheaper than before
Mar14

UK: Nexus 7 now just £149.99, 25% cheaper than before

If you want to get a good, small Android tablet, then the Nexus 7 is it. Decently priced, with adequate performance, and receiving immediate software updates from Google, it’s been selling pretty well – despite the growing competition in the 7-inch tablet space. In the UK, the base model (with 16 GB of built-in storage space) has been retailing for £199.99 ever since it launched last year. Now, though, you can get this tablet for significantly less. In fact, you’ll only need to pay £149.99 for the privilege, saving a cool £50 because of this 25% price reduction. The offer is valid at Staples, and unfortunately it isn’t clear how long it will last – specifically, whether or not it’s a limited time thing. So if you’ve always wanted a Nexus 7, or perhaps just a good 7-inch tablet, then perhaps you should simply head over to Staples as soon as possible and purchase one for a lower price than usual. If you need more storage, you can get the 32 GB version of the tablet for £199.98, which is essentially what the 16 GB model used to sell for. In that case, you’re only looking at saving £40 compared to the recommended retail price, but this is still something, isn’t...

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition debuts at Verizon just as Nexus 7 drops to $49.99 with contract
Mar13

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition debuts at Verizon just as Nexus 7 drops to $49.99 with contract

Following in the footsteps of its bigger sibling, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition has now become available at Verizon. We’ve known this would happen ever since Verizon’s version of the newest 10-inch Note tablet leaked about a month ago, and now it’s in stock. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition was announced by Samsung all the way back in September of last year, alongside the Galaxy Note 3, but it’s still the Korean company’s most high-end 10-inch Note tablet to date. If you want a well-specced 10-inch Samsung tablet, you could also look at the recently unveiled Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, but in that case you lose the S Pen stylus and all the Note-specific software. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition can be yours for $599.99 if you buy it from Verizon and sign a two-year contract with the carrier. That’s obviously pretty expensive, and only $100 less than what you need to pay if you want to get it sans contract, as Verizon is asking for $699.99 in that situation. Also at Verizon, at what is pretty much the other end of the price spectrum sits the Google Nexus 7 by Asus. This landed at Big Red in February and it launched being priced at $249.99 with a new two-year contract. Though we’re happy to report that its price has now gone down all the way to $49.99. Yes, the Nexus 7 is now $200 cheaper than it used to be, but you’ll still need to sign that dreaded two-year contract if you want it at this price. That said, at least you’re now saving $300 compared to the off-contract pricing, which incredibly is three times more than in the case of the aforementioned Galaxy Note 10.1 2014...

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Asus shares its Android 4.4 KitKat update plans
Feb28

Asus shares its Android 4.4 KitKat update plans

Following in the footsteps of many other Android device makers, Asus has finally decided to reveal its plans with regard to Android 4.4 KitKat updates. Today, the company shared a list of devices that should be updated at some point in the future. So, it’s good news for you if you own an Asus PadFone 2, PadFone Infinity (both old and new), or PadFone A80. The update will come to the original PadFone Infinity in Asia and Russia, and the PadFone A80 in Europe. The PadFone 2 and the new Infinity should see KitKat in all territories. The updates will be out for the PadFone 2, PadFone A80, and original PadFone Infinity by the end of the second quarter of the year – so in June, we assume. For the new PadFone Infinity, the update will only become available in the third quarter, so between July and September. Alongside the new Android bits, Asus will also bundle ZenUI, its new UI overlay. It’s interesting to see how Asus, which was one of the fastest companies in terms of issuing Android updates just a couple of years ago, has now become one of the slowest moving in this regard. If the KitKat update for the new PadFone Infinity is only out in, say, September, that would be almost 11 months after that particular OS version got unveiled. That’s a lot of waiting to...

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Android 4.5 and Google Nexus 8 tablet coming in July?
Feb22

Android 4.5 and Google Nexus 8 tablet coming in July?

Android 4.4 KitKat is currently running on a very small number of devices, with most manufacturers still working on updates for at least some of their past wares, but Google is obviously already working on the next version of its mobile operating system. Over the past few years, one of the two new versions of Android that Google released each year was announced during its I/O developer conference. The dates for this year’s Google I/O have been announced recently (it will be held on June 25 and 26). Naturally then, one might assume that the next iteration of Android will be showcased on that occasion. Not so, according to an anonymous source who works for Google in Dublin, claims AndroidGeeks. This employee was briefed by his superiors that the next version of Android, 4.5, will be unveiled at a separate event in July. That’s also when we’ll see the first Nexus 8 tablet announced. This comes to solidify past rumors that spoke about Google abandoning the 7-inch tablet market in favor of selling 8-inch tablets from 2014 on. This has been justified by the growing competition in the 7″ space (whereas there are only a few contenders in the 8″ realm). The new source has confirmed the explanation for the move. If this is true, it turns out that we won’t be seeing the first Nexus 8 in April, like a previous report claimed. The company making the new tablet could be Asus. We’ll let you know when we find out...

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Asus PadFone Infinity Lite unveiled with lesser specs, lower price tag
Feb19

Asus PadFone Infinity Lite unveiled with lesser specs, lower price tag

The ‘Lite’ trend seems to be catching on in the mobile world. This is the re-use of existing device names with the word ‘Lite’ added in at the end in order to signify a lower-end model than the original. Samsung’s been doing this a lot lately (though it looks like it prefers the ‘Neo’ suffix to achieve the same goal). And now Asus has joined the club by unveiling the PadFone Infinity Lite. This is in fact a watered-down version of the second-generation PadFone Infinity that was announced by the Taiwanese company in September of last year. The Infinity is Asus’ flagship offering that is a smartphone that can be docked into a tablet. The PadFone Infinity Lite comes with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD IPS touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,400 mAh battery. Its dimensions are 143.5×72.8×8.9 mm, and it weighs 145 grams. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is extremely disappointing in this day and age – when the latest version of the OS is 4.4 KitKat. The tablet dock sports a 10.1-inch 1,920×1,200 IPS touchscreen, a 1 MP front camera, and a 5,000 mAh battery. Its dimensions are 264.6×181.6×10.6 mm, and it weighs 532 grams. The main difference between this and the PadFone Infinity 2 from last year is the chipset used – Snapdragon 600 for the Lite version, Snapdragon 800 for the ‘normal’ one. Strangely, the Lite also gets an older version of Android to boot. Pricing has only been announced for Taiwan, where you’ll be able to purchase the phone for around $461, and the tablet dock for about $231. So the PadFone Infinity Lite is indeed cheaper than the non-Lite variant. It’s unclear when or if the new PadFone Infinity Lite will make it to other markets. Via Sogi, Asus, Phone...

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Nexus 7 with LTE now available from Verizon for $249.99 with contract
Feb13

Nexus 7 with LTE now available from Verizon for $249.99 with contract

Right on schedule, the Asus-made Google Nexus 7 tablet has become available at Verizon today. The carrier is selling the LTE-enabled version of the Nexus 7, though it’s very late to the party. This model has been out in the Play Store for many months now, but Verizon has so far dragged its feet and had trouble certifying the tablet for use on its network. That’s all done now, and if you so wish you can purchase a Nexus 7 from Big Red – and with a new two-year contract, no less. You’ll pay $249.99 for the tablet if you choose to go that route, which seems like a nice price – except that it’s just $100 lower than what the off-contract pricing is set at (and you can get the exact same LTE model from the Play Store for $349.99 too). So why would you chain yourself to a two-year contract with Verizon in order to save only $100 upfront? Good question. Obviously, you might need to take the Nexus 7 on the road with you a lot, and Verizon may be your carrier of choice. Or it may have the best signal where you are traveling. Or something like that, in which case it obviously makes sense to do things this way. Otherwise, though, perhaps you should opt for a full price tablet and pair it with a prepaid plan from some other...

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