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Asus roadmap leaked: Transformer Prime Nov. 9, more tablets in Q1 2012

An internal document shedding some light on Asus’ upcoming Android plans tells us a little more about the quad-core Eee Pad Transformer Prime, and that two “hero products” will be launching next spring. In between revenue results and media coverage, the presentation mentions a November 9th launch for the Transformer Prime – already confirmed by an Asus executive – and notes that Asus has shipped 1.6 million units of the original Transformer and the Eee Pad Slider.

The document (PDF link) tells us a lot of what we already know about the Transformer Prime. Like its predecessor it will have an optional keyboard attachment, essentially making it an Android netbook when equipped. The Prime is following in the design footsteps of Asus’ Zenbook line of laptops, leading the company to note its “Beauty/Fashion” appeal. The most interesting tidbit in the presentation comes near the end, when Asus notes that the Transformer Prime is “Leading in quad core & ICS”. That’s a definite indication that the Prime will be the very first Ice Cream Sandwich tablet when it launches, though it could also mean that Asus is simply planning a quick update.

The Transformer Prime is exciting in its own right, but what about those “hero products” slated for Q1 2012? An update to the Eee Pad Slider is possible, but might not be all that likely: the integrated keyboard tablet sold only a fraction of the volume of the Transformer. A more exciting possibility is that Asus is finally preparing a retail release for its Padfone concept device. With Ice Cream Sandwich bridging the gap between Android’s smartphone and tablet development arms, the time is right for the smartphone/tablet dock form factor to make its grand entrance.

[via NotebookItalia, NetbookNews.de]

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Best Buy is selling the HP TouchPad you want with the HP computer you don’t

WebOS may be doomed, but there’s still plenty of interest in the HP TouchPad, due to the dual charms of insane firesale pricing and an increasingly stable Android port. If you missed your chance to pick one up when inventories were liquidated, everyone’s favorite evil electronics retailer Best Buy has your back. Not that you should show it to them. Limited stocks of 32GB TouchPads are available for the low, low price of $149… as long as you buy an HP-branded PC as well.

HP announced earlier that they’ve abandoned their plans to sell off the PC division, but that WebOS, the TouchPad, and most of the employees left in the mobile division will be let go. The limited TouchPad-computer sale will begin on November 1st, and laptops, desktops and all-in-ones are included in the “bargain”. Prices for the computers themselves weren’t mentioned – perhaps you could pick up a $300 netbook to qualify? Online customers will be able to purchase the combo as well.

I suppose there are a few people who could genuinely take advantage of this. Christmas is coming up, so the chance to get a 10-inch tablet for even less than a Kindle Fire is alluring, assuming you were already planning on buying a computer and you’ve got another $150 to spend. And if you’re absolutely set on getting your TouchPad on, you could always sell the computer on Craigslist and eat the difference – it’s still a pretty amazing deal for hardware that cost $500 or more a few months ago.

To get a good look at the Android community’s efforts so far, check out our hands-on of CyanogenMod on the TouchPad below:

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ASUS Transformer Prime Keyboard Dock Pictured

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The ASUS Transformer Prime promises to be one helluva quad-core tablet, but it won’t depart from the original’s main selling point: an optional keyboard dock that “transforms” the tablet into a quasi-laptop. The look of the new keyboard dock hasn’t quite yet been revealed, with its only appearance coming on-stage at the slate’s AsiaD unveiling. Spy shots of the new dock appeared on a Chinese site. The images were quickly pulled, but the guys over at Netbook Italia managed to snag them before they disappeared from the web. The dock gets a slightly new look, favoring a silver casing with black keys (Macbook, anyone?).

We also get a better look at the design of the Transformer Prime itself. Quite shiny with a brushed aluminum look. ASUS plans to give us the full reveal of the device in the coming weeks.

[via NetbookItalia | Thanks, lau]


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Asus Eee Pad Slider review via SlashGear

The folks at SlashGear have got their hands on another high-profile Android tablet, this time Asus’ multi-talented Eee Pad Slider. The tablet is a lot like its Transformer brother that’s been on the market for six months already, except that the Slider model builds the keyboard right into the body. When not in use, the slider’s keyboard tucks up underneath it, not unlike a 10-inch version of a QWERTY smartphone.

Unfortunately the extra time in coming to market hasn’t made the Slider any better. The keyboard mechanism, while smaller than the Transformer’s removable dock, makes the overall device clunky and heavy. Even worse, the keyboard itself is cramped and cheap-feeling, making the size and weight tradeoffs hard to swallow. The screen locks into a 45 degree angle once the keyboard is engaged, making for a stiff and immobile typing experience that doesn’t hold a candle to a traditional netbook or full-sized laptop.

In other areas the Slider seems to perform well enough. The combination of a Tegra 2 processor and Honeycomb should be familiar to tablet enthusiasts by now, and the mostly untouched software is fast and smooth. The larger bulk allowed Asus to use a 5 megapixel camera instead of the Transformer’s 3 megapixel one, and while the photos aren’t exactly stellar, they’re serviceable. See the HTC Jetstream for an even better shooter. The battery lasts a disappointing 6 hours, a far cry from the Transformer’s 12 when docked with its keyboard.

Overall, the Slider is a unique tablets that doesn’t deliver on its central promise. Perhaps if Asus had been able to get it onto store shelves quicker there’s be a market, but with excellent alternatives like the Galaxy Tab 10.1 already available and the Transformer Prime expected before the end of the year, there’s just not a lot to recommend. At $479 USD, there are plenty of better choices out there for a little less or a little more.

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Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Eee Pad Slider
    Manufactuer : Asus
    Carrier : SIM-free
    Announced Date : January 12, 2011
    Release Date : September 20, 2011
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 10.1 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280×800
  • Screen Type : IPS LCD
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 10.75 Inch
  • Width : 7.09 Inch
  • Depth : 0.70 Inch
  • Weight : 886 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Polymer
  • Battery Capacity : 2260 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 3.0.x

Hardware

    CPU : Tegra 2
    CPU Clock Speed : 1200 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 32 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution :5 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

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Sprint axes unlimited data for all mobile broadband plans and mobile hotspot

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We already knew that Sprint was killing off unlimited data for the hotspot plan, but today's news makes everything all official.  Starting in November, users with a mobile broadband plan (that would be a tablet, netbook, USB card, connection card or mobile hotspot device) as well as folks using the mobile hotspot plan on their smartphone will no longer have unlimited data.  Depending on your existing plan, you'll be placed in a tier that goes between 3GB and 10GB of data, with a $0.05 per MB overage in-network, and a $0.25 per MB overage while roaming.

Note that this does not affect unlimited data for smartphones.  Your Epic 4G Touch or EVO 3D will still have unlimited data.  It's still a direction we hate to see yet another carrier travel, though.  Resist the temptation Dan.  Don't kill your unlimited smartphone plans.

Source: SprintThanks everyone who sent this in!


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Asus Transformer 2: First Promo

I was really looking forward to get the first version of the Asus Transformer tablet with the dock station. First of all – because I travel a lot, second of all – because I type a lot. But, for some logical and not very reasons I am now a lucky owner of the HTC Flyer (ye, those sales play really hard on me). Unfortunately, I’ve missed a possibility to get the Transformer this time but according to this video in the closest future we are going to be offered its better reincarnation – the Asus Transformer 2. No ideas about the specs, nothing was mentioned about the price and other interesting things, but, without any doubt this device should be faster, stronger and better. Well, at least I’ve enjoyed its look and while it reminds a lot a regular netbook – it still happens to be an Android based device. And, as for its OS there is one question: will this tablet be shipped with a Honeycomb on a board or we will see the latest Ice Cream Sandwich OS?

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Asus Reveals “Transformer Prime,” Padfone Availability and Plans For ICS Update

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Hey, if Samsung wasn’t going to use the awesome title, at least someone did. Asus chairman Jonney Shih showed off the company’s upcoming Transformer Prime (previously Transformer 2) during an interview at AsiaD today.

The Transformer Prime is a tablet/netbook hybrid, rockin’ an all new aluminum form factor and slim 8.3mm thin profile (undocked). Confirming previous rumors, the 10-inch Asus Transformer will, in fact, be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor. No other details were given but a formal announcement from Asus will come on November 9th.

That wasn’t the only bomb Mr. Shih dropped during the interview. First, Asus plans on updating current Asus Transformers to the newly announced Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich before the end of the year. Second, Asus also plans to ship the Padfone during 1st quarter of next year and running on none other than, you guessed it — Ice Cream Sandwich. As a refresher, the Padfone is essentially a tablet “shell” that allows a user to dock a phone into it then using the smartphone as the “brain” of the device. Ever since it was announced, it seemed like an ideal device to be running Ice Cream Sandwich as the updated Android OS now supports both smartphone and tablet functionality.

Business is looking good for Asus. Now, we’ll have to see if mainstream consumers will catch on to what they’re cooking. How about you guys? Which of these devices are you most excited about?

[AllThingsD image: Engadget]


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ASUS Releases Teaser For The Next Transformer – Let The Anticipation Begin

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The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is, if nothing else, a unique breed of tablet, conveniently offering the functionality of a netbook at your whim, with the addition of a handy keyboard dock. It is, no doubt, a capable piece of hardware, but (in my opinion) it seems a bit awkward and bulky. Of course, upon its release, speculation about its successor began almost immediately. Several months later, ASUS has released a teaser video that gives us a few hints about the next Transformer.

As you can see from the video, the next Transformer looks like…

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Motorola Lapdock 100 hits Sprint October 21st, earns employees extra scratch

Ready to play PC with your smartphone? If you aren’t picking up a Lapdock 100 from AT&T on the 17th, you won’t have to wait very long — Motorola’s faux-laptop phone dock has been outed for a October 21st launch date for Sprint via an employee rewards email. Passing the Lapdock 100 Sprint Rewards Me training quiz nets employees $10 in Sprint scratch and the opportunity to sell you a rig that lets a handful of devices play netbook. The laptop shell gives users a full Firefox browser, Quick Office, Google Docs, Adobe Flash, a PC-like File Manager and a luxurious 10.1-inch screen. Still no word yet on just how much this ultra-portable peripheral will set us back, but we’ll keep hoping that it’s cheaper than the Atrix 4G’s axed lapdock.

[Thanks, David]

Motorola Lapdock 100 hits Sprint October 21st, earns employees extra scratch originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 15 Oct 2011 09:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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NEC’s MGX prototype is a super-slim Android netbook

What do we have here? This isn’t the first netbook we’ve seen running Android, but it is one of the most Interesting. Japanese manufacturer NEC has revealed the MGX, an Android-powered device in the “pocket translator” form factor popular across Asia. The device is in the early stages of development – you can see it’s running Android 1.5 or 1.6 in the photo below.

Details are pretty scarce on the prototype, which is understandable considering that the hardware is far from finished. NEC did say that the MGX uses a 7-inch OLED display panel with a standard 1024 x 600 resolution. The screen can fold back on itself, making the device a convertible tablet of sorts. NEC is claiming a 10-hour battery life. The dimensions are 8.5 inches long by 3.5 inches wide, and at a glance it looks like less than half an inch thick when the lid is closed.

The prototype is bound for a 2013 release in Japan, and considering NEC’s lack of presence in the US, probably won’t be landing stateside at all. Some may wonder what the point of such a device is when tablets and full-sized netbooks already exist, but this particular form factor is very popular with students and businesspeople in certain markets. The MGX may be the first indication of a shift towards Android on this range of devices. But NEC, bump that sucker up to Ice Cream Sandwich at the very least before 2013, OK?

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Small and Thin Android-based MGX Netbook by NEC Shown

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Android netbooks seem to be on the rise and NEC wants to cash in early, it seems. This one doesn’t look nearly as good right now as the hybrids from ASUS – the Slider and the Transformer – but its thin and small design could be popular with those who want sort-of a traditional computing experience without the bulk.

Unfortunately, this one is only in prototypical form right now. We don’t know much except that it has a WSVGA screen resolution, a hardware keyboard and is a clamshell notebook device with a hardware keyboard. Judging from the photo below, it can even bend both ways. We can’t be sure on how far back it can go but we’d be impressed if you could fold it back completely and cover the keyboard, effectively making it a slate.

Unfortunately, it looks to be running a pre-Eclair version of Android, likely 1.5 or 1.6. Internals were not mentioned but we can’t say we’re too confident there will be room for Honeycomb on this thing. It’s said to be going to Japan for 80,000 yen. [Electronista]


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ASUS Eee Pad Slider Now Shipping in the US for $480

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ASUS has finally brought out their tablet/netbook hybrid device, the Eee Pad Slider. It’s a 10.1 inch (1280×800) Android 3.0 Honeycomb device with a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor.

It’s also got 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, a USB port, a micro HDMI port, an SD card slot, a 5 megapixel rear camera with a 1.2 megapixel front camera and more. Quite the looker, we’d say, and if you need that keyboard with you at all times this is the tablet for you. Amazon or Newegg to order. [via Engadget]


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Logitech Keyboard Case for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Now Available for $100

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It wasn’t but Mid-August that we learned about and were able to preorder Logitech’s keyboard case for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The keyboard case is enabled via Bluetooth and essentially turns your tablet into a netbook either in portrait or landscape mode.

I’m sure this will be a hot commodity for many. It’s recently been taken out of preorder status and seems to be in shipping mode, according to their site. Throw down your $100 for one and see if they really are shipping them. Let us know if you are able to report the mission to be accomplished. [Logitech, Thanks Greg!]


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Acer Iconia Tab Hits AT&T This Week And Is Priced Correctly

Acer’s original A500 Iconia Tab hit the market like wildfire. Often thought of as a “cheap” but reliable laptop and netbook company, the world wasn’t ready for the elegant look, smooth operation and great feel of the original Acer Iconia.  It, like it’s counterpart the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, sold out when the first batches arrived in stores this past spring.

At CTIA in Orlando AT&T revealed the fact that they would be carrying the new Acer Iconia tablet and then that news was put on the back burner. Well, the news is back and official via AT&T. This coming Sunday (September 18th) you can pick up the new Acer Iconia Tablet dubbed the A501. This tablet brings you the same form, functionality and specs as it’s wi-fi only brother, but with AT&T’s HSPA+ (4G) service as well.

More after the break

The best part of this news is actually the price. While it’s not by any means “low or cheap” you can get the A501 off contract with the cellular radio inside for just $479,99. If you’re so inclined as to get on a data contract you’ll get the tablet for $329.99 on a new two year agreement. AT&T’s best tablet data plan is 3gb for $35 per month.

“For tablet users it needs to be always on, connected, and readily available to access the content they want, including entertainment, social networking, email and Internet browsing,” said Glenn Lurie, president, emerging devices, AT&T. “We’re connecting the Acer Iconia to the AT&T 4G network and we’re offering several data options, both prepaid and postpaid plans, to ensure the best experience, the best value and the greatest flexibility for our consumer and small business customers. We also plan to prominently feature the Acer Iconia in our AT&T stores across the country.”

The Acer Iconia Tablet runs the latest version of Android, Honeycomb. Under the hood it has the 1ghz dual core, Nvidia Tegra 2 processor with 1gb of RAM.

Source: AT&T via Unwired

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction upheld in Germany

Samsung has been denied relief from the injunction that Apple won against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany. The courts in Düsseldorf presiding over the case upheld the injunction against Samsung and Netbook News reports that the judge in the case didn’t need much time to make the ruling. Apparently, the judge remarked that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 “smooth, simple surfaces” copied the minimalistic design of the iPad 2.

The end result of the ruling is that Germans wanting the Galaxy Tab 10.1 still can’t get hands on one without importing. It’s worth noting that the initial ruling that banned the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in all of Europe is not in force. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 was pulled from display at IFA 2011 and the display for the tablet was covered with a sheet recently due to the Apple injunction against the Tab 10.1 tablet. That is a signal that the legal war might spill over onto other products in the Samsung line.

Samsung has noted that the design of the Tab 7.7 isn’t finalized. It would seem that a redesign to change the style of the tablet is in order. So far, there have been no public comments from Samsung or Apple on the injunction being upheld. I am sure there will be more detail surfacing on this in the coming weeks.

[via SlashGear]

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KT Spider Concept is a tablet, smartphone, and laptop all in one

As far as Android offerings that we saw last week at IFA, the KT Spider Concept you see below is one of the coolest. This concept product is several of the things that a geek needs all rolled into one device. The phone module can be placed into a tablet, laptop, or handheld gaming device to make it what you need when you need it. It appears that the smallest of the modules is the core offering and it clips into the other sleeve products to change identity.

The hand held gaming add-on is really cool with the controllers on the side. The cool concept device was unveiled at eh show with little fanfare, which explains why it slipped past us last week. The core smartphone part has a 4.5-inch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution. The battery is a 1710mAh unit and it runs a Qualcom 1.5GHz dual core processor.

It packs in 16GB of internal storage, a full HD rear camera and a 3MP front camera. It weighs 141g and is 9.5mm thick and runs Android 2.3.4 with a custom KT UI. The netbook add on has a 10.1-inch screen and the phone goes into a slot where you normally find a touchpad. Check out the video to see a demo of the concept.

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KT Spider Concept is a tablet, smartphone, and laptop all in one

As far as Android offerings that we saw last week at IFA, the KT Spider Concept you see below is one of the coolest. This concept product is several of the things that a geek needs all rolled into one device. The phone module can be placed into a tablet, laptop, or handheld gaming device to make it what you need when you need it. It appears that the smallest of the modules is the core offering and it clips into the other sleeve products to change identity.

The hand held gaming add-on is really cool with the controllers on the side. The cool concept device was unveiled at eh show with little fanfare, which explains why it slipped past us last week. The core smartphone part has a 4.5-inch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution. The battery is a 1710mAh unit and it runs a Qualcom 1.5GHz dual core processor.

It packs in 16GB of internal storage, a full HD rear camera and a 3MP front camera. It weighs 141g and is 9.5mm thick and runs Android 2.3.4 with a custom KT UI. The netbook add on has a 10.1-inch screen and the phone goes into a slot where you normally find a touchpad. Check out the video to see a demo of the concept.

[via AndoridPIT]

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Samsung outs new Blu-ray and media hub drives, dammit, the ODD still lives

You’ve seen our musings on the continued relevance of optical drives and it seems Samsung agrees entirely: it’s just announced two external spinners to keep pace with our “evolving mobile entertainment demands.” Er, great Sammy, but how? First off, there’s the USB-powered SE-506AB Blu-ray writer depicted above, which will give that awful Pacific boxset one last chance on your ODD-neutered Mac or netbook. But that’s not nearly as interesting as the SE-208BW CD/DVD writer, which doubles as a WiFi media hub to stream music and movies to your smartphone, tablet or PC. It works the other way round too: letting you backup content from your mobile device direct to a disc. It even supports Dynamic DNS and can cooperate with a flash drive or HDD to become a “personal cloud server.” Still not impressed? This wonder drive additionally functions as a WiFi extender, or it can create an access point from scratch when cabled up to your network. Man, that’s ODD OD. The media hub will arrive at the beginning of 2012, while the new Blu-ray drive should be out any time now. No word on pricing, but check out the PR double-shot after the break for the full specs.

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Viewsonic Introduces The ViewPad 10Pro, Dual Boot Android/Windows Tablet

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Walnut California based Viewsonic has announced a new dual booting tablet to their tablet line up.

The Viewsonic ViewPad 10Pro runs on a 1.5GHz Intel Atom processor Z760. The tablet will dual boot Windows 7 and Android. 

According to Viewsonic the Atom processor will give the tablet the horse power it needs for dual booting both operating systems, and performing multiple tasks in a thinner and slimmer form factor.

“The new Intel Atom processor-based tablet from ViewSonic is a cool, and distinguished product that brings a personalized and flexible experience,” said Bill Kircos, general manager of marketing for Intel’s Netbook and Tablet Group. “Our Intel platform supports multiple operating systems, and this tablet shows how consumers can move between Windows and Android experiences in a way that offers rich graphics, high-definition audio, easy Internet browsing and longer battery life in a slick form factor.”

Other specs include a 1024×600 capacitive touch screen, 1080p true HD video viewing and 2gb of integrated memory.  The ViewPad 10 also has an expandable microSD slot.  There will be two models available with your choice of Windows Professional, Android and 32gb of SSD memory. The other model does with Windows Home and 16gb SSD.

Acer has released some dual boot netbooks that boot both Windows and Android. On those machines you need to pick which OS you’d like to boot into.  Viewsonic has actually made Android 2.3 open as an app that can run on top of Windows allowing the user to seamlessly transition from Windows apps and Android.

Look for both versions of the Viewsonic TouchPad 10 Pro to be available at the end of the month.  The 32gb Windows Professional version will be $699.  The 16gb Windows Home version will be $599. As we said above both versions will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Source: Viewsonic

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Asus Adds More Accessories For The EeePad Transformer

Asustek made news earlier this week when it was forecasted that they will probably increase their tablet sales projections for 2011. After taking off in most markets Asus is expected to increase their sales forecast to 2 million tablets by the end of the year.  The first Asus Android tablet, the EeePad Transformer, flew off the shelves at BestBuys in the US and other stores around the world. It’s slim form factor, bright and crisp display, and the ability to dock with a laptop style keyboard made the Transformer very popular.

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Asus is about to release their slider tablet where the keyboard is built in and slides out like some of the Android smartphones on the market. Asus also has a tablet/phone combination device coming out soon.  It’s also been rumored that their 7″ tablet version will hit stores before the holiday shopping season.

Asus has now unveiled 2 new adapters and a dock which all make the Transformer more productive, and you know how we feel about productivity based tablets.

The first adapter is a USB adapter designed for peripherals very similar to the adapter released by Samsung for the Galaxy Tab 10.1.  The Asus adapter will turn the proprietary docking port on the Transformer into a USB outlet for keyboards, mice and flash drives.

They’ve also added an SD card adapter to the mix.  Like the USB adapter, the SD Card adapter will connect to the proprietary docking connection and add an SD Card slot to the Transformer. Both adapters are expected to run in the $29 range.

For less than 20 dollar more you can get the Asus docking station which includes 2 USB ports, an SD Card slot and a headphone jack. This dock is expected to cost $41 and you should have no problem using all the connections at one time.  Of course you could always opt for the $150 keyboard adapter that gives your Asus Transformer a netbook like experience. It’s actually the keyboard dock that is the reason the Asus Transformer took that name.

source: Liliputing

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ASUS To Increase Tablet Forecast To 2 Million

Coming out of tradeshow season earlier this year (CES, MWC, CTIA) I would have NEVER in a million years predicted that ASUS would have had such a great first half of the year with tablets.  Until their Android tablets arrived at market, with their silly little eeePad names, ASUS was nothing more than another netbook manufacturer, right?

The ASUS eeePad Transformer took off like a rocket. It has a brilliant display, nice feeling form factor and the ability to dock with a great keyboard.  Stores couldn’t keep them in stock when they first rolled out.  Now, ASUS has their slider tablet and their integrated tablet/phone device still coming before the end of the year.

All that considered, and analysts are starting to predict that ASUS’ General Manager Kevin Lin will adjust the companies tablet forecast to 2 million.  The Taiwan Economic News reported that, along with the fact that ASUS is the number 2 tablet manufacturer in Taiwan behind Apple.

Source: Tawian Economic News via BGR

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Sprint Now Offering Protection Plan For Netbooks, Notebooks, And Tablets For $5 More Than Phone Protection

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Anyone who previously picked up an internet-device (computer or tablet) from Sprint may have been a little frustrated with the lack of insurance provided by the Now Network. That all changes today, as it has finally decided to toss some coverage to its users that provides some peace of mind if anything were to happen to their netbook, notebook, or tablet.

The coverage is basically like any other carrier: the plan covers mechanical or electrical breakdown, accidental damage, and if the device is lost or stolen. The plan itself will set you back $13 per month with a…

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Android Quick App: DocumentsToGo Full

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DocumentsToGo is the stalwart champion of on-the-go file editing. It’s been around for a number of years and on a number of handsets and operating systems, be it RIM’s BlackBerry or Palm’s Palm OS, and as of the inception of our operating system, Android.

DocumentsToGo has a very clean, metallic interface that’s easy on the eyes. From the main menu, everything is clearly laid out in front of you. Want to view your starred files? Not a problem. Prefer to be synced with Google Docs? DocumentsToGo supports it.

The plus sign on the bottom left is your one-stop shop for creating a new file. A simple tap on the plus sign brings up a new menu with the options to create a Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file. The gear on the bottom right brings up the settings menu, which is also accessible by hitting the menu button on your phone.

Editing a file is a breeze, requiring you only to select it and wait for it to load. I really appreciate how the file editors look in DocumentsToGo, as well. There’s a definitely Windows 95 look going on, but it isn’t bad at all. It’s familiar, which is great. It’s also great that when you open a file, it defaults to being zoomed out, so you’re able to find what you want to edit it, then zoom in on it, instead of having to zoom out, find, and then zoom in again.

Starred files are a pretty cool, defining characteristic of DocumentsToGo as well, especially if you have a quagmire of files to sort through. If that is you, I’d recommend a laptop or a netbook (or maybe even a tablet!), but know that there’s something to help you be better organized than having to sort through long lists of files or go into deeply structured folders on your microSD. This is definitely one of those features I wouldn’t mind being ported to the other office products out there.

As mentioned previously, DocumentsToGo supports syncing up with Google Docs, but unfortunately, nothing else. There’s no Dropbox integration, no SugarSync, no Box or MobileMe. What Dataviz does give you instead, though, is an actual desktop sync. While it’s not as cool as giving you more cloud options (and actually kind of limiting, forcing you to sync with machines the client has been installed on), it’s better than nothing. To enable it, you download a Dataviz.exe onto your desktop and set up syncing from there. If Dataviz set up their own cloud syncing between multiple devices, it wouldn’t be so bad, but I think to really propel this app to new heights, they should at least add in Dropbox.

At $14.99, Dataviz is asking a bit of a premium for their app. But with its arguably better interface and a more experienced history with mobile editing, this might be the app for you. I do also think if you’re going to charge more for a product, you should at least have the same cloud syncing options, but that’s just me. As a whole, though, DocumentsToGo offers most (if not all) of the options some will need on the go.

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ASUS delays Eee Pad Slider release: Now due Fall 2011

ASUS has updated its expected launch window for the Eee Pad Slider, with the company now claiming the Honeycomb slate with a QWERTY surprise won’t launch in the UK until sometime this autumn (aka fall). Previously, ASUS had promised an August release for the Slider, having already delayed the Android tablet at least once.

Unveiled alongside the Eee Pad Transformer back at CES 2011, the Eee Pad Slider has a 10.1-inch touchscreen and NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset, but also includes a sliding/tilting QWERTY keyboard. Unlike the ‘board offered for the Transformer, which can be detached or turn the tablet into a netbook of sorts, the Slider’s hides behind the body of the slate itself.

Reports back in February suggested the Eee Pad Slider would go on sale in mid-April, though unspecified delays have pushed that back. There’s no official word from ASUS as to its reasoning, but we’ve heard some talk that the hinge mechanism could have presented issues.

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[Ultimate Deal Alert] Amazon Wireless Now Selling Motorola ATRIX 4G For Just One Cent

atrixA few days back, we listed Motorola’s cutting-edge ATRIX 4G as one of the best five Android phones for budget-conscious consumers. At the time, it was just $30 at Amazon Wireless – a very good deal for a dual-core smartphone capable of turning into a laptop (though said laptop is expensive and somewhat limited in terms of functionality).

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Today, Amazon Wireless has slashed the ATRIX’s price further still: it’s now just $0.01 on a new two-year contract. Free two-day shipping is included as well, and better yet, Amazon will email you a promotional code good for…

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Android Notebooks to Compete With Chromebooks?

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This is an interesting one, folks. DigiTimes has scooped up word about a handful of manufacturers – namely ASUS, Samsung, Toshiba and Acer – ordering parts to create ARM-based netbooks. The netbooks would run Android instead of Chrome, though, which would effectively have Google competing with themselves in that space.

Google’s banking on Chrome for the future in mobile computing as they look to stress that everything can be done using nothing but the cloud. Unfortunately, many manufacturers don’t yet see the need or the use of a browser-based operating system and have elected not to pursue those avenues. The only known players in that space are Acer and Samsung, with both already offering Chromebooks of their own.

With Android, manufacturers get an established operating system that many developers are behind. A robust application market is already in place and enough apps exist for some users to be able to completely replace their traditional computing platforms. NVIDIA’s Tegra line is looking to be a popular choice going forward with these manufacturers as they provide cost-efficient chipsets that provide great performance.

ASUS has already tested the waters in this area, having released the Eee Pad Transformer tablet that can be attached to an optional keyboard dock. Once attached, it can fold shut like a netbook. Sometime this summer, ASUS will also be launching the Eee Pad Slider, a concept similar to the Transformer except the keyboard is permanently attached and can be exposed by sliding the tablet’s display up. DigiTimes says ASUS is already looking to launch a more traditional 13-inch netbook based on Android.

It’s an interesting dynamic in the netbook space where Windows and, in some cases, Ubuntu already dominate. Manufacturers have already tried to compete in this space before using Android, but ultimately failed to gain traction as Android didn’t easily translate to netbooks. With Honeycomb, all of that has completely changed.

As for Google, it will be interesting to see how they play it if Android on netbooks takes off. They’ve poured a ton of resources into Chrome and we don’t expect them to shy away from it too soon, but a surge in Android-based netbook products may affect the future of their desktop computing goals. [DigiTimes]


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More Mobile Devices Connected To WiFi Networks Than Computers

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Welcome to the future, guys. Where mobile devices are beginning to blur the lines between smartphones and little mini computers. According to this new report from cloud networking provider Meraki, there are more mobile devices connected to WiFi networks than there are computers. This doesn’t really surprise me, seeing how it seems like just about everyone owns a WiFi connected cell phone and even more people are looking towards tablets instead of the more traditional laptop or netbook.

What I found equally as interesting is how the iPhone took up a large chunk of the WiFi connected devices (32%) followed by Android devices (11%) in 2011. That’s really strange seeing how Android has been dominating the market share. But I suppose someone could argue that it could have something to do with the fact that the majority of iPhones sold were on AT&T’s poor network, forcing users to opt for WiFi whenever they can (zing!).

iPad users were also consuming the most data at 200MB more than Android, iPhone and iPod users. Some of that could be attributed to the fact that iPad’s are more or less sold as netbook alternatives and the majority of them sold are WiFi only versions. And I’m sure this number will change once the flood of Android tablets hits later this year.

[Via GigaOM]


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[Weekend Poll] How Much Has Owning A Tablet Impacted Your Computer Use?

This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week’s, see Manufacturer UIs: Love ‘Em Or Hate ‘Em?

I have to admit: as a newly-former starving college student, it’s hard for me to see the same sort of value in a $400 tablet that I see in a $200 smartphone or a $600 laptop (or even a $300 netbook). During my month or so with the O.G. Galaxy Tab, I found the tablet to be more of a complement than a replacement – though certainly the new crop of tablets with docks and keyboards has pushed them…

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AT&T confirms it’s ‘working on’ a shared data plan, won’t commit to a time frame

AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega just confirmed at the D9 conference today that the carrier is “working on” a shared data plan, but he’s not committing to a time frame just yet. He also left no doubts about those plans when pressed further on the question, clearly opening the door to a situation where you could have an iPad, an Atrix 4G, an AT&T netbook and just about anything else all sharing a unified pool of minutes and data. He didn’t offer any hints about possible pricing, though, and it certainly sounds like this is something that’s still a ways out from actually being launched.

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AT&T confirms its ‘working on’ a shared data plan, won’t commit to a time frame

AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega just confirmed at the D9 conference today that the carrier is “working on” a shared data plan, but he’s not committing to a time frame just yet. He also left no doubts about those plans when pressed further on the question, clearly opening the door to a situation where you could have an iPad, an Atrix 4G, an AT&T netbook and just about anything else all sharing a unified pool of minutes and data. He didn’t offer any hints about possible pricing, though, and it certainly sounds like this is something that’s still a ways out from actually being launched.

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