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Jun 02, 2014 - 11:08 AM - by dgstorm
Today seems to be a big day for Asus launching new or updated hardware devices. On top of the big announcement earlier of the Transformer Book V, Asus also unveiled the Fonepad 8 and a new MeMo Pad 7 & 8. Here are the details,
MeMo Pad 7 -
- 7-inch Display
- 64-bit Android device - Intel’s quad-core Atom Z3745 chipset (clocked up to 1.86GHz)
- 5 megapixel rear camera
- 2 megapixel front camera - also includes a “high definition” resolution — 1280 x 800
MeMo Pad 8 -
- 8-Inch Display - "Full HD” resolution
- Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core chipset clocked up to 2.3GHz
- Billed as the world’s lightest 8-inch Android tablet at just 299 grams
- Also only 7.45mm thin
- 802.11ac WiFi and an LTE modem
Fonepad 8 -
Really a phablet/giant phone
- 8-inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution
- Intel’s 64-bit Atom Z3560 quad-core processor at 1.8GHz
- Dual front-facing speakers
- Android-based ZenUI is on-board with a new flat design and over “1,000″ software improvements
Here's a link to the full press release: ASUS Press Room
Be sure to check out the videos in the thread below.
Jun 02, 2014 - 10:47 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like Asus is truly trying to create a device that is nearly all things to all people. Frequently, that type of strategy fails, but it's possible Asus may have hit on that magical winning combination. They just announced the Transformer Book V, which is a tablet/phone/laptop hybrid device. Along with the all-in-one combination of these physical devices, it even includes the ability to dual-boot between Windows and Android on the tablet and laptop portions of the device.
Here's what the Transformer Book V consists of:
- It has a 12.5-inch tablet screen dock
- Combining the phone with the tablet dock makes it a tablet
- Combining the phone & tablet with the keyboard dock transforms it into a laptop
- While in tablet or laptop mode it can switch between Windows and Android (although the phone is Android only)
- The phone section contains an Intel Moorefield chip
- The keyboard dock section contains an Intel Core CPU
- It contains 2GB of RAM in the phone/tablet
- While the laptop section has 4GB of RAM
- The phone and tablet use 64GB of storage and the laptop has 128GB of storage
The only other specs/hardware revealed was the following:
- 1 x DisplayPort 1.2 (4K at 60Hz)
- 1 x Mini DisplayPort 1.2 (4K at 60Hz)
- 1 x HDMI 2.0 (4K at 60Hz) / MHL 3.0 (4K at 30Hz)
- 1 x HDMI 1.4 (4K at 30Hz)
- 4 x USB 3.0 ports
Asus is really taking things to a whole new level with the "Transformer" series. The name is more fitting than ever!
Source: Asus Transformer Book V
May 30, 2014 - 4:17 PM - by dgstorm
According to the latest insider gossip, Android TV will headline at Google I/O this June. While we have actually heard rumblings of this previously, the big news for today is the extra intel of what Google plans to bring to the tablet to differentiate Android TV from other products (including their own Google TV).
From what the source of this report indicated, Google's secret weapons for Android TV will be an additional focus on gaming as well as something called project Pano. Here's a quote with more of the details,
Supposedly, along with Pano, Android TV's UI will emphasize gaming, similar to what Amazon's Fire TV has done. What do you guys think? Could Android TV crack the code and do a better job of enticing consumers than Google TV and Apple TV? If this report is accurate, then Google is betting on that possibility.
Android TV’s secret weapon: Pano
Android TV’s key focus will be on simplicity, which will be reflected in the user interface. Key to that is something the company has internally been calling Pano. The idea behind Pano is that apps can surface individual pieces of content right on the home screen in a card-like fashion so that users can browse movies, TV shows and other types of media as soon as they turn on an Android TV.
Content will be presented in a series of cards that can be browsed horizontally, and each movie or TV show episode has deep links into publisher’s apps, giving users the option to start playback right away. That’s different from the traditional smart TV experience, where users generally first have to launch an app from a publisher, and then browse that apps catalog before they can play a title.
May 30, 2014 - 10:32 AM - by dgstorm
Here's a shocking bit of news from out of the blue... just yesterday we shared a story which included more details about the "prime" version of the HTC One M8. It supposedly had a new name, called the HTC One M8 Plus. Unfortunately, it looks like we have to use the past tense with that description. According to the latest intel from @evleaks, it may have been cancelled by HTC.
Here's the quote from the famed leaker:
Ultimately, if it is delayed for enough time, the project is effectively dead. There would be no point to release it close to the launch of next year's M9. It's possible this was deliberately leaked by HTC themselves to throw off the press, but we shouldn't count on that.
If you were salty at having purchased an HTC One (M8) when news of the M8 Prime hit, prepare to feel vindicated: development on Prime has been suspended indefinitely.
We aren't sure where this leaves the rumored HTC One M8 Advance, but more than likely that rumored device is still coming to fruition. It is meant to target a different audience and a different market. Of course, if we really want to follow speculation down the rabbit hole, it's possible the leaked intel is slightly off and the device to be cancelled will be the HTC One M8 Advance. We will just have to wait and see if HTC ever brings either device to market later this year.
May 29, 2014 - 1:46 PM - by dgstorm
Despite worries that U.S. regulators will "poo poo" the merger, the deal for Sprint to buy T-Mobile now looks a great deal closer to reality than ever before. Apparently, Deutsche Telekom has been in direct talks to sell their 67% stake in T-Mobile to Softbank (Sprint's majority owner). This is an almost sneaky way for this deal to push through as there are far fewer regulatory hurdles to jump through to make it happen. It will be much tougher for any U.S. governmental agency to stop the sale of a majority ownership from one non-American company to another non-American company.
To be clear, just because this is a back door way to push this deal through, does not mean there aren't ways for the FCC and/or the Department of Justice to stymy the deal. Things simply get a great deal more complicated than before. Regardless, it seems obvious now that Softbank's Chairman, Chairman Masayoshi Son is very serious about the T-Mo buyout, and it is also apparent that Deutsche Telekom wants to dump their stake in T-Mobile. Here's a quote with a few more details,
It's also interesting to note that Sprint has been courting banks to raise upwards of $50 Billion dollars for this deal. This is obviously substantially more than the failed T-Mobile and AT&T merger from two years ago, which was valued at $36 Billion. This makes sense considering how much traction T-Mobile's Uncarrier initiative has made in the U.S. mobile landscape.
Sources familiar with the Softbank-Deutsche Telekom talks said any deal would depend on whether they can persuade regulators to change their minds.
The two sides have been chipping away at other issues.
One possibility is for Deutsche Telekom to retain a roughly 15 percent in T-Mobile US as part of a deal, the sources said. That would help reduce the size of the equity check that Sprint has to write for T-Mobile US, while giving Deutsche Telekom the chance to benefit from potential synergies from the merger, they said.
Deutsche Telekom may also be more accommodating with Softbank regarding a break-up fee than it was with AT&T, the sources said. That is because T-Mobile is likely to be the surviving brand and its CEO, John Legere, is likely to lead the new combined company, thus avoiding a loss of subscribers and momentum it had to contend with during the drawn out regulatory process with AT&T, two of the sources said.
May 29, 2014 - 10:47 AM - by dgstorm
May 29, 2014 - 10:37 AM - by dgstorm
Although we already reported that HTC was planning to eventually announce a "premium" version of their HTC One M8, today's latest rumor suggests there won't be just one, but actually two new versions of the flagship phone. According to this new intel, HTC's premium version of the HTC One M8 will be called the HTC One M8 Plus and will include higher-end features like a QHD 2K display, a Snapdragon 805, and a waterproof metal chassis.
This isn't really much different than what we have already heard; however, the new info also includes a device called the HTC One M8 Advance. Supposedly, this will be a plastic shelled device heading to Asian markets with the same specs but a lower price. As always, take these rumors with a grain of salt, although this meal seems tasty (and viable) enough to be true.
May 29, 2014 - 10:26 AM - by dgstorm
Well this is interesting...
According to a new rumor, LG's G Watch could include a feature they didn't share when they announced the product. This "special hidden" feature will supposedly be a built-in non-removable SIM card.
The source of this story indicated the G Watch and its hidden feature will be unveiled at Google’s I/O 2014 in June. No explanation was given as to why this feature will be included. It's a bit unusual considering the G Watch is designed to require a smartphone for most of its functions. It's possible that LG is working on a variant of their G Watch which will be a standalone cellular device, just like Samsung's rumored Gear Solo watch.
We will keep an eye out for any further details regarding this strange rumor.
May 28, 2014 - 11:25 AM - by dgstorm
According to the latest intel, the Nexus 8 tablet is not just a fan fantasy and will actually be unveiled at Google I/O on June 25-26th. The new info comes by way of a community bulletin board found on MYCE. It also includes some additional info. Supposedly this next Nexus tablet will be sporting a 64-bit Tegra processor of some kind.
Supposedly the proof of this is a test device called "flounder." Obviously, this intel is just as sketchy as all the previous tidbits, but sometimes where there is smoke there is fire, so it's entirely possible this will all come true. What do you guys think? Is the Nexus 8 for real?
May 28, 2014 - 10:48 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like Google is moving to the next level with their self-driving car dream. They created the above video as an announcement that they are building 100 prototypes of the AI-controlled vehicle. It definitely looks like they want folks on the road to be brilliantly aware of the car as it's outer physical design looks like a cross between Herbie the Love Bug and Wally. This will make them stand out, which is definitely a good thing when you are experimenting with something like this.
They have safety at the forefront of their project. The car has a maximum speed limited to 25 MPH. It also only includes the bare minimum within including: lights, seats and seat belts, a space for your stuff, controls for the windows, a start and stop button, and a display of your route and destination. The current version of the car doesn't even have a steering wheel or pedals, although the actual 100 prototypes will include them as "manual" a safety backup.
What do you think of this? Is it cool tech or just an accident waiting to happen?
Source: Google Blog
May 27, 2014 - 5:11 PM - by dgstorm
It looks like Lenovo will have the next monster sized phone to hit the market sometime soon. Leaked pics of the Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro just hit the web, and it is definitely an gargantuan device. We also know some of the specs for it as well. Here's the scoop:
- 6-inch quad HD display
- 4000mAh battery
- 16MP OIS camera with dual LED flash
- Snapdragon 801 processor
- Dual-SIM device with LTE support
It's interesting to see what Lenovo has brewing in their labs. What do you guys think of a device this size?
May 27, 2014 - 11:37 AM - by dgstorm
Computex 2014 is about to start on June 2nd and Asus is ramping up their hype machine with a new teaser video. The video promises that "The Next Incredible Thing" is coming and hints that it will be something very thin. To be clear, we aren't even sure that this device will be Android related, but there is a good chance it might so we decided to share it with you guys.
What do you think it will be?
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