Apple, Samsung give up share to Lenovo, ASUS, others
Although Apple's iPad is still the leading tablet globally, the company is continuing to lose marketshare, according to new IDC shipment data. Year-over-year, Apple's June-quarter tablet share fell from 33 to 26.9 percent, based on shipments of 13.3 million iPads this quarter versus 14.6 million in Q2 2013. The company's next closest competitor, Samsung, saw its share slip from 18.8 percent to 17.2.
Chromebox, HDTVs, iMacs and more
Currently, Amazon is offering the Asus Chromebox desktop PC bundled with a wireless keyboard and mouse for $379 with free US shipping. That is $20 less than the list price of $399, and $30 less than buying this Chromebox configuration alone anywhere else. The unit features a 1.7GHz Intel i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of solid state storage and runs Chrome OS.
Asus smartwatch to help with 'real-time problem solving'
Hardware producer Asus will be attempting to make its smartwatch a 'hero product,' claims the company chairman. Speaking at the Taiwan Economic Summit in Taipei, Jonney Shih effectively confirmed the company is still working on a wearable device, and that Asus is still deliberating over 'trade-offs' between a good watch design and the technical requirements of including various features to the device.
Budget Android Wear device from Asus could cost as little as $99
Asus will launch its smartwatch at a far lower price than other Android Wear devices, according to a report. The Taiwanese computer producer is said to be looking to charge at most $149 for its wearable device, and potentially as low as $99, heavily undercutting both the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch, and is likely to be far below the Moto 360 when it ships.
Asus combines two Intel chips to create the Transformer V, Android-Windows hybrid
Electronista had a chance to get up close with the intriguing new Asus Transformer V at Computex Taipei. The Transformer V is, according to the Taiwanese PC maker, the world's first five-mode, three-in-one converged notebook. The Transformer V functions as a full Windows 8.1 notebook, Windows 8.1 tablet, Android smartphone, Android tablet and Android notebook. The way that Asus has executed the design is particularly interesting, as the device carries not one, but two Intel chips to get the job done.
Asus demonstrates prototype 14-inch USB 3.0 display at Computex
Asus has quietly put a small touchscreen display on show at Computex, one that runs off a USB cable. The unnamed 14-inch USB touch monitor is powered-by and connects solely over USB 3.0, with Engadget noting it to have a resolution of 1,366x768 and ten-finger multitouch support. There are no launch details for the monitor, due to it being a prototype, with no suggestion made of a possible release date nor price.
Asus ROG GR8 gaming PC will ship a variant running Steam OS at a later date
Asus has continued its run of product launches at Computex, with a second event showcasing its Republic of Gamers line of products. Gaming-focused components and accessories are accompanied on stage by a 4K gaming notebook and two gaming PCs, one of which is set to be released as a Steam Machine variant running Valve Software's Steam OS.
MeMO Pad 8 claimed to be lightest 8-inch tablet with LTE
At the same time as launching 4K notebooks and monitors, as well as more additions to its Transformer device range, Asus revealed a new collection of Fonepad and MeMO Pad tablets. The new Fonepad 8, MeMO Pad 7, and MeMO Pad 8 all use quad-core Intel Atom 64-bit mobile processors, with the former two tablets clocked at 1.8GHz, and the MeMO Pad at 2.3GHz.
Zenbook NX500 can show 4K image on 15.6-inch screen
Asus introduced two new devices capable of displaying a 4K-resolution image at Computex today. The Zenbook NX500 continues the notebook line, and is a 15.6-inch Ultrabook running Windows 8.1 with a 3840x2160-resolution display, while the ProArt Monitor PA328Q has the same resolution in a 32-inch 16:9 screen, in a monitor aimed at professionals using desktop computers.
Asus Transformer Book V combines smartphone, tablet, notebook
Asus has expanded its collection of Transformer devices with a number of new convertible tablets running Windows, at its Computex presentation. The Transformer Book V heads up the launches as a five-mode, three-in-one converged notebook running both Windows and Android, accompanied by the Transformer Book T300 Chi, and the Transformer Book Flip notebook.
iPad keeps top spot
Global tablet shipments fell year-over-year for the first time in the March quarter, according to tracking data from NPD DisplaySearch. Whereas 59 million units were recorded in Q1 2013, the market shrank to 56.3 million units last quarter. If paired with laptops, tablets nevertheless represented over half of mobile PC shipments.
Combined PadFone X smartphone, tablet still lacks a shipping date in US
The Asus PadFone X will finally arrive to the United States later this year, with AT&T announcing it will be starting pre-orders for the device from June 6th. The carrier did not reveal exactly when it will start shipping the smartphone and dockable-tablet combination, but it did confirm it will be selling both components together as a bundle.
Average selling prices of tablets falling
Apple has taken the top spot in a JD Power satisfaction survey of US tablet customers. The iPad brought Apple a score of 830 out of 1,000, and a full five stars on the company's Power Circle ratings. Samsung managed a score of 822, but just three stars. ASUS and Amazon also received three stars, with slightly lower scores of 820 and 817, respectively. Overall consumer satisfaction has dropped from 853 points in 2012 to 835 in 2014.
Keyboard attachment for Asus tablet shown in FCC filing
The next version of the Asus PadFone could ship with a keyboard dock, according to photographs in an FCC filing. The images show a smartphone inserted into a tablet dock, just as with earlier models of the device, with the combined unit connected to a small keyboard, effectively turning the entire device into a netbook or a small notebook, just like the original model.
Report claims Google considering switch from Asus to HTC for next Nexus tablet
HTC may be working with Google to produce the Nexus 8 tablet for a third-quarter release, according to a report. Marking a departure from its previous work with Asus for the Nexus 7 tablet, the move to partnering with HTC apparently stems from previous production discussions before Asus became involved, though there is also talk of it possibly being the last iteration of Nexus tablet.
Five-inch Full HD display of PadFone X joined by nine-inch tablet dock
AT&T has revealed details about the upcoming PadFone X, close to three months after its initial announcement. The smartphone section will use a 5-inch 1080p display, which can be slotted into the back of an accompanying tablet dock, providing a larger 9-inch 1920x1200 screen as well as an extra power supply by a secondary battery, among other extras.
Report claims leaked memo reveals new Microsoft policy over dual-booting devices
Asus is receiving pressure from both Microsoft and Google to drop plans to sell a dual-booting notebook, according to reports. The manufacturer has apparently postponed its plans to ship the Transformer Book Duet, a combined notebook and tablet that could switch between Android and Windows, and is also looking to stop the sale of other dual-boot devices as well.
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.