Fonepad 7 from Asus

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ASUS announced the Fonepad 7, an updated version of the 7-inch Android device with full voice telephony for people who want smartphone features with a tablet-size screen. ASUS Fonepa 7 features a new non-slip finish and faster HSPA+ 3G with up to 42Mbit/s download speeds.

Fonepad 7 is powered by an Intel Atoм  Z2560 processor with Hyper-Threading technology for seamless multi-tasking performance with Android 4.2. The 7-inch display has a crisp 1280 x 800 resolution with IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology for wide viewing angles and excellent daylight visibility, while dual-front speakers with ASUS SonicMaster audio technology ensure high-quality sound.

Lightweight tablet with heavyweight features

Just 10.5mm thick and with a low 340g weight, ASUS Fonepad 7 (ME372CG) is highly portable, but perfect for entertainment on the go. A new smudge-resistant coating helps keep fingerprints at bay on the 7-inch screen display and Miracast wireless video streaming mirrors the display to compatible HDTVs for big-screen enjoyment.

Fonepad 7 features a 1.2-megapixel front facing camera, plus a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera with a 100 continuous-shot ‘burst’ mode and 1080p Full HD video recording. The 3950mAh battery provides up to 28 hours of 3G talk time, 35 days of standby time and up to 10 hours of video playback.

Built-in 3G with HSPA+ mobile data with download speeds up to 42Mbit/s and uploads of 5.76Mbit/s mean Fonepad 7 is an always-connected device for seamless web browsing. With full 3G telephony support across GSM and WCDMA bands, Fonepad 7 can also be used for voice calls using the built-in noise-cancelling digital microphone or an optional Bluetooth headset.

Exclusive ASUS apps

ASUS Fonepad 7 has a customized user interface that integrates social media information, with users being able to see their friends’ latest social media updates on their contact list or incoming call notifications.

Fonepad 7 is available with either 8GB, 16GB or 32GB onboard storage and a microSDHC card slot, conveniently located on the side of the case, can be used to add more. 5GB of lifetime ASUS WebStorage is also included and ASUS WebStorage Office also provides a full Microsoft Office experience on the move.

The SuperNote app lets users draft notes and can even add images, videos, and voice memos to create multimedia notes. The Floating App also helps users multi-task by giving them the option to open up to six apps simultaneously onscreen.

Stylish and practical TriCover protection

ASUS Fonepad 7 also has an optional protective TriCover case made from durable synthetic materials that protects both the tablet back and screen. Available in three colors, TriCover has a folding cover that props up the screen at a comfortable angle for on-screen typing and watching video.

ASUS Transformer Book Trio ‘Three-in-One’ Ultraportable Announced on IFA 2013

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The Transformer Book Trio, announced today at IFA 2013 by Asus is a new breed of ultraportable device with a two-part dockable design that can be used by one person as a laptop, or by two people as a separate tablet and desktop PC. With the ability to switch between Windows 8 and Android at the press of a button, Transformer Book Trio offers unmatched three-in-one flexibility for users who want the best of all mobile worlds.

Dual processors and dual operating systems

ASUS Transformer Book Trio features a sleek and durable metallic design, and is powered by a 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor for seamless multi-tasking performance and outstanding energy efficiency in Windows 8 laptop mode. When it’s time for entertainment to take over from productivity, the 11.6-inch display detaches from the ‘PC Station’ keyboard dock for use as a multi-touch Android tablet with its own Intel Atom™ dual-core processor and up to 64GB of solid-state storage. With the display docked, Transformer Book Trio can switch instantly between Windows 8 and Android 4.2 by pressing the dedicated ‘Trio’ key on the keyboard, with data shared between the two operating system’s via the tablet’s storage. Unlike other dockable ultraportables, Transformer Book Trio’s PC Station isn’t dead weight when the tablet display is detached. With an external display connected via Mini DisplayPort or Micro-HDMI, the PC Station can then be used as a self-contained desktop PC with Windows 8, which means Transformer Book Trio can be used by two people, in two different places, at the same time.

Full HD multi-touch display and SonicMaster audio technology

ASUS Transformer Book Trio’s 11.6-inch display features a crisp Full HD resolution with IPS technology for vibrant and accurate color with wide 178-degree viewing angles. 10-point capacitive multi-touch gives instant fingertip control with both Windows 8 and Android, while the backlit keyboard and multi-touch touchpad ensures comfortable productivity use. With stereo speakers and ASUS SonicMaster audio technology in both the PC Station and tablet, Transformer Book Trio also delivers rich and detailed sound with video, music and games.

Power-packed portable performance

ASUS Transformer Book Trio doesn’t sacrifice portability for the sake of versatility — or vice versa. With 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 in the PC Station, plus 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 in the tablet display, Transformer Book Trio cuts the need for cables, no matter which mode it’s used in. Separate batteries in each part also maximize mobility, and Transformer Book Trio has up to 13 hours battery life in Android mode and five hours in Windows 8 mode.

ASUS releases YouTube video of MeMo Pad FHD 10 LTE

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Asus posted today a promo video on the YouTube channel with full specs of the 10-inch tablet MeMo Pad FHD 10 LTE.

The MeMo Pad FHD 10 LTE  is a 10 inch slate that we expect to be announced by Asus soon. Most likely the tablet will be announced at the IFA Consumer Electronics Show in September. Expectations are that this will be a slate with the newest and most powerful processor from Qualcomm, most likely the quad-core version Snapdrago 800.

The video officially released by ASUS on YouTube outlines the tablet’s specs.

The MeMo Pad FHD 10 LTE is a 10 inch tablet with a 1,920×1,200 IPS panel allowing 178-degree viewing angles, Snapdragon quad-core processor, stereo speakers, 5MP camera, 10-hour battery life, Miracast support, microSD card slot and an optional Folio Key keyboard cover. It is 9.9mm thick and weights 572g.

Source: Asus

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Google Nexus 7 built by ASUS arrives in Europe at the end of August

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Since the end of July, the new Google Nexus 7 built by ASUS is available online at the Google Play Store starting at $229.

The 7- inch tablet was announced about three weeks ago and is available for purchase on the official Google site as well in stores in the US, but not in Europe yet. The new Nexus 7 build by ASUS is the first entrant in the market playing  for the top spot of the 7 inch tablets this year. It has the power and price to win the hearts and pockets of the mobile warriors looking for a fast and light 7- inch device.

What makes the Nexus 7 so desirable is the power it packs, the HD display and of course the newest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS.

The new Nexus 7 edition 2013 looks and feels very much like last year’s Nexus 7 except for a slight change in the orientation of the Nexus logo on the back that is horizontally placed. This indicates that users will be using it mostly in portrait mode. It is also 2.75 mm thinner and  slightly lighter than last year’s model.

The 7-inch tablet is packed with the power of the new 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, with Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM and a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage.

The sharp and vivid Gorilla Glass covered 1920 x 1200 IPS LCD with 323 ppi display provides for full 1080p HD video watching. Additionally the new Nexus 7 supports Miracast, SlimPort, wireless charging, and NFC.

The front camera is 1.2MP and there is a 5MP camera in the back. Not the best option for great pictures or video, but at this price range these are more than acceptable.

It also comes with the latest Android 4.3 JellyBean and one of the tipping points is that this is a Google device and all the latest Android updates will come with this device the moment they are released.

The battery is only 3,950mAh, which is less than the 4,324mAh found in the original Nexus 7. This will give you about eight hours of usage.

The Nexus 7 (2013 model) is available on the Google Play Store. In the US it can be ordered from Best Buy and Staples. The 16GB model with WiFi costs $229. Moving to a 32GB model will cost $269 and adding LTE support will cost $349.

Although the Nexus 7 (2013 model) has been available for purchase to customers in Canada the US, there are no clear indications when it will be available in Europe. Google is saying that it will be releasing it in the coming weeks. Expectations are that we will see it in Europe at the end of August.

According to a press release sent to Android Authority by ASUS Starting Aug. 29, those residing in Italy will be able to get their hands on a 32GB Nexus 7 (2013) for 269 Euro, including VAT. As for the LTE model, you can expect that to arrive in September for a much higher price of 349 Euro.

It is expected that we will see the Nexus 7 (2013) released in the rest of Europe around the end of August.

Pictures: ASUS