Major online retailers open up pre-orders for March 14, 2014 release
The small form factor Asus Chromebox has gone up for pre-order at a handful of online retailers ahead of a March 14 release. Previously, the desktop machine was listed for a release in March without a firm date attached. Pre-orders cover only the Intel Celeron 2955U 1.4GHz-powered low-end option for the Google Chrome OS-based machine.
Apple still most successful individual tablet maker
Android ruled global tablet marketshare in 2013, accounting for 62 percent of devices by shipments, according to somewhat questionable data from research firm Gartner. That represents a significant upset, since in 2012 the iPad was in firm control with a 52.8 percent share. Apple, however, continued to do best among individual tablet makers in sales, with a 36 percent share and claimed sales over 70.4 million units -- an increase from a figure just under 61.5 million in 2012.
Lenovo score drops
Amazon has shot to the top of Rescuecom's latest annual Computer Reliability Report, according to a press release. The company achieved a score of 7,590, vastly outdoing Samsung, which came in second with 768. Rescuecom determines reliability rankings by comparing computer and tablet vendors' marketshares with the numbers of repair calls its Level 3 technicians handle.
32GB version of VivoTab Note 8 hits retail, 64GB version missing
The Asus VivoTab Note 8 has gone on sale in the United States, with Microsoft's online store being the first retailer to offer the Windows 8.1 tablet. Originally confirmed by Asus itself via a leaked user manual before its launch at CES in January, the VivoTab Note 8 has an 8-inch IPS 800x1280 display using a Wacom digitizer, offering over 1,000 levels of pressure sensitivity.
Higher-specification models can display Ultra HD-resolution images
Asus has launched a new Chromebox it will be shipping later this quarter, one it hinted at during Intel's IDF Keynote in September. The small form factor device is similar in size to the Intel NUC Kit, with the compact computer running Chrome OS on a choice of a Haswell-based 1.4GHz dual-core Celeron, Core i3, or Core i7 processors, and integrated Intel HD graphics.
iPad shipments still on rise
Following up on its release of smartphone data, IDC has published numbers on tablet shipments and marketshare for the fourth quarter of 2013. Apple's iPad saw shipments grow from 22.9 million to 26 million year-over-year, but lost marketshare, sliding from 38.2 percent to 33.8. This appears to have primarily benefited Samsung, which grew its share from 13 percent to 18.8, based on a unit increase from 7.8 million to 14.5 million.
RealSense will use embedded 3D cameras to allow for NII interface
Intel's CES press conference on Tuesday focused on the interaction between man and machine, thanks to an embedded 3D camera the company has developed in conjunction with a number of hardware partners. The devices Intel will integrate the technology into include 2-in-1 tablets, ultrabooks, touch-enabled all-in-one PCs, and other mobile devices.
New computer features 4GB RAM, up to Haswell i7 processor
Asus today announced the Transformer Book Duet TD300, the world's first quad-mode, dual-OS laptop and tablet convertible that allows users to switch between Windows and Android, in either laptop or tablet modes, with a push of the Instant Switch button or a virtual key on the tablet. With a Intel Core i7 processor at its heart, the Transformer Book Duet runs up to twice as fast as existing tablets based on ARM processors, according to Asus.
Name of Asus Windows 8.1 tablet confirmed in website error
Asus has accidentally confirmed the existence of the rumored VivoTab Note 8 tablet, by publishing its instruction manual. The PDF on the company's website, still accessible at the time of writing, confirms the tablet's name and Windows 8.1 as its operating system, as well as giving a general view of the front and back of the tablet, and basic operating instructions.
Clip points to three devices with 4, 5, 6-inch displays
Asus could be preparing a trio of smartphones to show off at CES next month, if rumors based on the company's second video teaser are to be believed. The clip, asking "What's your number?" and focusing on the numbers 4, 5, and 6, could be suggesting that Asus will be showing off three devices sporting a 4-inch, 5-inch, and a 6-inch display.
Video teases possible Windows, Android tablet spotted in early December
A dual-booting tablet may be making an appearance at CES, according to a new teaser video from Asus. The hardware producer has released a clip of a computer-generated Statue of Liberty, showing the peace hand gesture and holding a color-changing tablet in the air, with the alternating green and blue hinting at a device that runs both Android and Windows.
8-inch Windows tablet from Asus appears in presentation
Asus may be preparing to release another Windows tablet in the VivoTab range, according to a new leak from a presentation. A low-resolution image for what is described as the VivoTab Note 8 has surfaced, apparently showing it will have some form of stylus support, as well as a list of specifications suggesting it will have a 1.33GHz quad-core Intel Atom "Bay Trail" SoC for processing.
Asus working with major US operator on second-quarter release
Asus has launched its rumored PadFone Mini in Taiwan, as well as revealing that part of the PadFone range will be making its way to the United States in the future. The smartphone and tablet-dock system seen in earlier, larger iterations is now available as a 4.3-inch 960x540-resolution smartphone that combines with a tablet with a 7-inch 1,280x800 display.
Smaller device combination uses 4.3-inch smartphone, 7-inch tablet
Asus is launching a smaller version of its combinable smartphone and tablet-dock device range in the very near future. Invitations have been sent out to the media for a launch event in Taiwan on Wednesday, 11th of December, with the invitation naming the Padfone Mini outright as the device being shown off by the company.
Asus tablet variants in filing will run Windows, Android, or both
A tablet from Asus capable of running two operating systems has appeared in an FCC filing. The tablet, going under the model names M82T, L82T, and R82T, is able to run on both Android KitKat and Windows 8, though a further six variants are listed as Windows-specific and Android-specific models, suggesting there will be a total of nine available using the same base hardware.
Apple positioned as biggest computer maker
Samsung continues to hold top place in RescueCom ranking of the most reliable computer brands. The firm's scores are determined by balancing each company's US marketshare versus the number of repair calls handled by Level 3 RescueCom technicians. In Q3 figures, Samsung holds a score of 694; coming in a distant second is Apple at 259, which RescueCom notes is less than half of what it managed in Q2.
Asus Designo cinema monitor for $470 and more
Newegg.com has cut the price on the Asus Designo Series 29-inch widescreen LED backlit cinema LCD monitor from $570 down to $520. This $50 price cut is not the only savings; mailing list subscribers can take advantage of promo code 'EMCWXVV39' dropping the price further to $470, which is the lowest price currently offered by about $50. This extra-wide monitor features 5ms refresh rates, a resolution of 2560x1080, an aspect ratio of 21:9, built-in 32mm diameter speakers, and multiple connectivity options including HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort 1.2. A three-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Asus.
MacBook Pros, Mac minis and more
All MacBooks are on sale now at BestBuy.com, with big savings on a wide selection of models. The 13.3-inch MBP with a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive is now $1,050 after a $150 price cut. Save $350 on the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 768GB flash drive which was $3,500, but is now $3,150.
Device focuses on design
ASUS has introduced a new all-in-one computer, the ET2321, featuring a minimalist design that appears to be as compact as a standalone display. The device integrates a 23-inch IPS panel with 1920x1080 resolution and 178-degree viewing angles, with a choice of Intel Haswell processors and optional Nvidia discrete graphics.
Asus-made Nexus 10 shown in retailer's stock system
Google could be planning to launch an updated Nexus 10 tablet in the coming weeks, according to a leaked store inventory screenshot. The claimed image from a retailer's inventory system arrives at the same time as another rumor suggesting a change of manufacturer for the Nexus 7 tablet could also be on the cards for next year.
Custom Android branches by each company responsible for boosts
Following reports of Samsung rigging benchmarking scores on its Galaxy S 4 flagship device and Galaxy Note 3 phablet, the entire speed-testing process for Android devices has come under some fire by enthusiast websites. It has been discovered that most, if not all, of the Android device manufacturers -- including Samsung, HTC, and Asus -- are guilty of artificially boosting benchmarking results by identifying the benchmark application by name, with the phone OS branch customized to then have the processor to run, and stay, at maximum speed possible for the duration of the tests.
Transitional PC industry period could prompt Acer, Asus merger
Taiwan-based computer producers Acer and Asus could potentially merge in the future, according to a new report. Asus chairman Johnny Shih, responding to a query relating to a possible merging of the two companies, suggested that the industry is currently in a transitional period, and that everyone involved should "keep an open mind" about such a prospect.
Next Nexus 10 set to be designed and manufactured by Asus
Evidence is starting to mount that Asus will be making the second-generation Nexus 10, replacing Samsung in doing so. Asus already makes the Google Nexus (2013) following on from the 2012 iteration it also manufactured. This would leave Samsung without any known Nexus devices in the pipeline, with its archrival LG producing the Google Nexus 4 and is strongly suspected to be behind the Nexus 5 sequel as well.
Faster processor, lower storage capacity, microSD slot in new model
As teased by the company last week, Asus has launched the updated version of its PadFone Infinity. The new version of the combined smartphone and dockable tablet system uses an improved quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.2GHz with 2GB of RAM, instead of the 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 used in its predecessor, as well as a few other minor changes.
Budget Bay Trail convertible
Asus introduced several new devices last week at IFA, however the company saved one gem for Intel's Developer Forum: the Transformer Book T100. The convertible tablet is one of the first devices to be powered by Intel's quad-core Bay Trail chip, promising impressive battery life and a budget price tag. Electronista had a chance to try out the T100 today at its unveiling event in San Francisco.
Tablet integrates Bay Trail processor
Asus has introduced the Transformer Book T100, a convertible ultraportable powered by Intel's new Bay Trail system-on-chip (SoC). Notably, the new 10.1-inch tablet and detachable keyboard are powered by Windows 8.1 and carry a $349 entry price for the 32GB model.
New hardware much more powerful than Atom, ARM models
At Intel's IDF 2013 keynote in San Francisco, Google and Intel have introduced four new Chrome-based computers, all running the Intel Core "Haswell" family of processors. Acer, HP, and Toshiba have demonstrated Chromebooks, with Asus rolling out a Chromebox, a desktop-oriented implementation of Google's Chrome OS.
Teaser video suggests smartphone, tablet dock design remains the same
Asus is preparing to launch the latest incarnation of its dockable smartphone early next week, one which could have some slight internal upgrades compared to the original model. A video teasing a launch event for the new PadFone Infinity, advises that the company will be showing the combination smartphone and tablet dock in Taipei on September 17th.
Transformer Pad, Transformer Book sees upgrades, name changes
Asus has used IFA to relaunch a number of devices it revealed earlier this year under new names, as well as introducing upgraded versions of existing devices. The Zenbook Infinity, now named the Zenbook UX301, was shown at the same time as a Transformer Book with Haswell, a new Transformer Pad, and other Android devices.
Nokia Lumia 1020 due on Telus, Rogers in Canada in the future
The Nokia Lumia 1020 will be heading to Canadian carriers in the near future. The phone producer's Twitter feed for Canada states that the camera, complete with its 41-megapixel rear camera, will be available to buy on both Rogers and Telus soon. Launch dates and prices for each carrier were not revealed, but should be a similar cost to that of the AT&T version, namely around $300 on a two-year contract.
New Z87 Deluxe/Quad motherboard features 16 USB ports, Thunderbolt 2
Asus has revealed the Z87-Deluxe/Quad, the first motherboard with Thunderbolt 2 technology certified by Intel. Based on the new Intel Z87 chipset and ready for the latest fourth-generation "Haswell" Intel Core processors, the ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad ATX motherboard has a pair of Thunderbolt 2 ports for connecting up to 12 devices at once. Each port has up to 20Gbit/s transfer rate and is backward-compatible with the original Thunderbolt specification.
Apple-related troubleshooting calls fall by more than half
Apple's score has almost doubled quarter-to-quarter -- to 503 -- in a Q2 Rescuecom survey of computer reliability. The data is based on a mix of manufacturer marketshare and the number of calls Rescuecom's Level 3 technicians have to handle. Between Q1 and Q2, the number of Apple-related calls dropped by more than half, even though Mac marketshare has remained largely unchanged.
Budget-friendly Windows 8 notebook boasts touchscreen, small size
Asus will be expanding its VivoBook range with a 10.1-inch Windows 8 notebook, according to new leaked information. The VivoBook X102BA, shown in a promotional image, is said to have a touchscreen display with a resolution of 1366x768, with its compact size and potential student-friendly low cost being its biggest selling points.
Google switching from Samsung to Asus for Nexus 10
Google may be consolidating manufacturers for its Nexus line of tablets this year, as an inventory screen spotted by Geek.com suggests the device will be manufactured by Asus. Should the screenshot's prediction prove accurate, it would represent a change from last year's model, which was manufactured by Samsung. It is possible, though, that the inventory screenshot, which appears to come from an electronics retailer's system, contains filler or incorrect information.
Taiwanese computer maker to drop struggling platform
Asus has told The Wall Street Journal that it will no longer make tablets to run Microsoft's Windows RT operating system. The announcement came on Friday, but it has been expected for some time, since Windows RT and the devices that run the operating system have been sorely underperforming since Microsoft rolled out the platform last October. In revealing the policy change, Asus CEO Jerry Shen said that the company had taken a writedown on its Windows RT tablets, though he did not say how large of a writedown.
Asus and Google take aim at iPad mini
Despite Android's dominance in the smartphone arena, Google and its hardware partners have struggled to compete with Apple in the tablet market. The second-generation Nexus 7 appears to serve as Google's answer to the iPad mini, adding a Retina-resolution display while undercutting the entry price by $100.
Google could partially unify Nexus offerings with LG
The 2013 Nexus 7 has just gone on sale, but there is already speculation on what form its successor might take. Prominent technology industry analyst Mingchi Kuo has published a report postulating that Google will switch away from Asus, which built the last two models of the 7-inch tablet. Instead, Kuo expects that the search giant will partner with Korean tech firm LG for the 2014 model, citing a number of reasons for the possible switch.
Patent shows similar system used in Asus PadFone
Samsung has been granted a new patent that allows for a smartphone to be docked into a larger screen and effectively turned into a tablet. The patent appears to be similar to the system used by Asus in newer versions of itsPadFone range of devices, though the actual way that the smartphone slots into the tablet dock is slightly different.
Quad-core Snapdragon 600, 2GB RAM, 5MP rear camera suggested
Chat support for Asus may have provided information about the expected update to the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Screenshots shared on Google+ appears to show an employee at the electronics manufacturer stating some unconfirmed specifications for the Asus K009, something which is believed to be the upgraded version of Google's popular Android slate.
Ultra-HD display uses IGZO panel, has 140ppi pixel density
Asus has opened up pre-orders for its first UHD-resolution consumer-level monitor, one the company announced in May alongside a possible 39-inch version. The PQ321Q IGZO LED-backlit display measures 31.5-inch diagonally, is capable of displaying 4K images at a resolution of 3840x2160 at 60Hz with 10-bit RGB color.
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 32GB storage also detailed
An Asus tablet that could be the successor to the Nexus 7 has appeared at the FCC, matching previous rumors. A device by the name of "ASUS Pad" with the model number K009 appeared in a filing, and according to details listed in the Commission's paperwork, would include LTE connectivity as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera.
Optional multitouch, HDMI in and out ports on both AIO machines
Asus has unveiled two new All-in-One PCs at Computex, with both computers having large screens and options to add five-point or ten-point multi-touch controls to the system. The 23-inch ET2311 offers a 1080p full HD IPS display, while the ET2702 uses a larger 27-inch widescreen IPS display with a WQHD resolution of 2560x1440.
Ten-inch MeMo Pad FHD 10 includes 1920x1200-resolution display
At the same time as unveiling its Transformer tablet notebooks, Asus has revealed high definition versions of its affordable tablet line. The MeMo Pad HD 7 increases the display resolution of its existing seven-inch tablet from 1024x600 to 1280x800, and the MeMo Pad FHD 10 adds in a ten-inch screen and a 1920x1200 resolution.
Docks for Transformer tablets add extra battery capacity, ports
Asus has shown off two new additions to its Transformer range of convertible devices, The Transformer Book Trio is billed as a "three in one" device that converts between an Android tablet, a Windows 8 notebook, and a Windows 8 desktop PC, while the Transformer Pad Infinity is an upgraded version of something the company has demonstrated previously.
Asus FonePad FHD Note takes on Galaxy Note with Intel Atom inside
Foregoing the customary ‘ARMdroid’ combination, Asus has incorporated 1.6GHz a dual-core Intel Atom (Z260) into its new 6-inch FonePad Note. Squarely aimed at Samsung’s popular 5.3-inch Galaxy Note 2 line (rumored to go 6-inches for the Galaxy Note 3), the FonePad Note also includes a stylus for handwritten input. Although running Android, Asus has not yet confirmed which iteration of ‘Jelly Bean’ that it is shipping with.
IGZO-based monitor has UHD resolution, 10-bit RGB
Asus has announced it will be producing two 4K-resolution monitors, and revealed details of one of them ahead of Computex 2013. The PQ321 True 4K UHD monitor measures 31.5 inches diagonally and has a native resolution of 3840x2160, and the company will be showing off an even bigger 39-inch version at the event.
Phone-tablet gains boost to processor, internal storage
Asus is making a number of changes to its Fonepad, increasing a number of core specifications for customers in Taiwan. The 7-inch phone-tablet, seen by Electronista earlier this year at Mobile World Congress, will receive a processor upgrade from the current 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 to the faster 1.6GHz Z2460, also from Intel.
Earnings rise for seventh time in a row, eighth unlikely
Asus managed to sell 3 million tablets in the first quarter, offsetting a drop in sales of notebooks and computer parts, according to the company's latest quarterly results. Overall, the company managed to earn $3.5 billion in revenues for the quarter, with its $202 million quarterly profit an improvement compared to both year-on-year and the previous quarter by 5.8-percent.
iPad beats out Kindle Fire, others in J.D. Power rankings
Apple's iPad is the best tablet on the market in terms of consumer satisfaction, according to J.D. Power and Associates' new 2013 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study. The survey looked at the opinions of 1,857 tablet owners who've had their devices for less than a year, and Apple's bestselling tablets came out on top for the second time in a row. Apple devices hold the top spots in J.D. Power rankings for both tablets and smartphones.
Asus 24-inch PA249Q ProArt targets photographers, graphic designers
Asus has announced a new 24-inch monitor for professionals looking for high levels of color accuracy. The PA249Q ProArt Series LCD monitor has been pre-calibrated the display, which offers native 99 percent Adobe Wide Gamut RGB support for optimal color accuracy. The display also uses Advanced High-Performance In-Plane Switching (AH-IPS) for enhanced brightness and vibrancy along with 178-degree wide viewing angles.