It seems that all rumors will finally be laid to rest next week as ASUS is set to announce the PadFone mini. However, the question will remain whether there is room for this smaller and weaker sibling of the newly launched PadFone Infinity.
The retail availability of the rather intriguing, if not schizophrenic, ASUS Transformer Book Trio might soon be a reality. The device has twice been spotted making its way through the FCC, first in September and then last week for a quick change in one of its components.
ASUS has revealed that owners of its odd yet interesting ASUS PadFone smartphone/tablet hybrid will eventually be receiving Android 4.4. But while this won't take place until the middle of next year at the latest, it will, at least, cover both variants of the device.
Asustek had a downturn for Q3 2013, losing 26% net profit versus the same quarter last year. The main culprit here wasn’t so much an eroding product line, or even a lazy rollout of newer devices. Theirs was a problem of taxes: they incurred a one-time, NT$1.52 billion tax expense. That translates to roughly US$52 million.
Google had said we would be seeing Chromebooks from multiple device manufactures over the coming months. At the time the manufacturer list included Acer and HP as well as ASUS and Toshiba. We have already seen some recent models from Acer and HP, and while Toshiba has been quiet, it looks like ASUS has something planned for early next year.
ASUS is introducing a new earbud-type headset that, in today's wireless age, focuses on easy wireless connectivity with smart devices. Sporting the latest connectivity options, the ASUS EB50N NearField Headset simplifies connecting with more than one device while still delivering crisp and clear audio.
Remember the days when people would laugh at you for even thinking about using a physical keyboard with your tablet? Nowadays, tablet keyboards, especially those that double as covers, seem to be gaining traction and ASUS is coming out with its own unique, if not strange-looking, contraption.
Those who have been patiently waiting to use their 2013 Nexus 7 tablets with Verizon's LTE will probably have to stretch that patience a lot longer. Verizon is now practically passing the buck to Google and Asus for an almost indefinite delay in resolving issues with the latest Nexus tablet and the carrier's LTE network.
Android is gaining ground in the tablet sector, according to a recent study by IDC. Though Apple remains the king of tablets, Android is growing rapidly, and eating into Apple’s dominance. Results from the third quarter of 2013 show overall sales are up, but Apple has leveled off.
The Asus Padfone may be getting a little brother. Recent leaks indicate that Asus is preparing a Padfone mini, which will bring the phone/tablet combo to a new market. Both the phone and tablet are said to be scaling down considerably, which could be good news, or a bit of a failure.