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Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 to hit the US in July, will sell at $499 and up

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After a very exciting 2011, the high-end Android tablet market niche had a pretty uneventful (so as not to say boring) first half of 2012. There have only been a couple of interesting unveilings these past six months, and, until recently, we can’t say we saw any exciting 10-inchers hit the market. However, we knew that we were only dealing with the calm before the storm and now, finally, the storm is unleashed! Acer’s Iconia Tab A700 has just started shipping in the US, Google and Samsung are prepping the launches of the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Note 10.1, and…

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 shows up in presentation video, launch should be around the corner

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A couple weeks back, we reported exclusively on ASUS’ plans for its tablet lineup, including the long-rumored Nexus 7 tablet (to debut at Google I/O next week), the ASUS Padfone, and the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700. Many people are excited over the Pad Infinity, which was announced at the beginning of the year, but hasn’t been yet released in the Western markets. According to the anonymous ASUS representative we talked to at Computex, the TF700 will be launched in the US at the end of June. So far, ASUS kept mum about the Infinity and offered no official information…

Exclusive: ASUS representative confirms the Google tablet, Padfone and Pad Infinity LTE coming to AT&T

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We’ve been hearing for a long while now about the fabled Google tablet, presumably called the Nexus 7. The 7-inch slate will be powered by Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 chip and will be manufactured by ASUS. Perhaps the most important tidbit we’ve learned so far about the Google tablet is its pricing, which will supposedly be in the $150-$250 range. Now that we’ve seen Nvidia’s Kai platform and Acer’s Iconia Tab 110, the $200 price tag seems increasingly probable. The general consensus is that Google will launch the Nexus tablet at the Google I/O conference taking place in San Francisco…

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity is FCC-approved. Release to follow soon?

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The high-end tablet market has been largely ignored over the past few months, with a slew of low-cost, but impressive Android 4.0 tablets hitting the stores. While there are a lot of such budget-friendly options, there is obviously something far more attractive about those quad-cored, high-resolution tablets, regardless of the much higher price point. ASUS has been slowly circling the high-end tablet market with the release of the Transformer Prime last year, which is slated to be  followed by the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity. The flagship device, first spotted at CES 2012 as the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF700T,…

ASUS Padfone, Pad Infinity, and Pad 300 pricing and release dates in Europe revealed

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After the success of its dual-core Transformer Pad tablet (named so because of the ability to switch between a tablet and netbook mode), ASUS released the world’s first quad-core (Nvidia Tegra 3) Android 4.0 tablet last year, the ASUS Transformer Prime. ASUS followed up with a very impressive showing at the MWC 2012, featuring a lineup of “two and a half” tablets – the ASUS Padfone, Transformer Pad Infinity, and the Transformer Pad 300. After we got news about the pricing of the Padfone in Taiwan, we finally have some information on the European release dates and pricing of Asus…

Rumored Supply Chain Problems Could Delay Major Android Releases

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San Diego-based Qualcomm supplies SoCs for many Android makers, with its dual-core Snapdragon S4 (Krait) chip powering several high-profile Android devices that are coming over the next months. But Qualcomm is a fabless firm, meaning that it doesn’t actually manufacture the chips it designs and markets. Fabrication is handled by Asian semiconductor specialists, most notably Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). Now, Qualcomm seems to be running into serious issues with its S4 chip. According to a rumor reported by Semi Accurate, TSMC has encountered major problems with its 28nm chip line, causing it to halt production. The issues appeared to…

Best Android Tablets vs New iPad

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Modern tablets offer genuine visual delight. The crisp images, vivid colors, and luscious contrasts make us forget that we are staring at a screen, opening up a universe of images and motion that we can control with a simple swipe. All this eye-candy is made possible by complex technologies that most of us barely understand. Luckily, we don’t need to understand them – we can just enjoy our high resolution tablets without worrying about OLEDs, sub-pixels, or in-plane switching. High and ultra-high resolution tablets are all the rage this year. On March 7 Apple announced the next generation of the…

Apple iPad 3 Against the Android Army

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An epic battle between the ruler of the tablet universe and the tablets of Android-land is about to begin once more. In other words, it is that time of year again when Apple shows to the rest of the world what the company has been cooking in its minimalist kitchen – which is often followed by the usual praises, bickering and back and forth arguments amongst critics and users. In case you didn’t receive the memo, we should inform you that Apple is expected to unveil the upcoming iPad 3 on March 7. (If rumors are to be believed, it may…

ASUS MWC 2012 Roundup – All You Need To Know about ASUS’s New Devices

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Yesterday at MWC, ASUS monopolized the limelight, releasing no less than three intriguing new devices. We call ASUS’ new products devices for lack of a better term. Depending on how you use them, the Transformer Pad Infinity an the Transformer Pad 300 can be either tablets or netbooks. Moreover, the long-awaited Padfone takes the whole Transformer concept to the next level – the 4.3-inch Padfone smartphone docks into a larger shell to become a full-fledged tablet, which in turn, docks into a keyboard to become an Android 4.0 netbook (notebook?). And ASUS took the whole craziness (in the good way)…