Hey HP, we know you're new to the Android game, so here's a tip: if you've got a hot new piece of hardware, the absolute worst time to announce it is a few hours before Google I/O. That said, the new SlateBook x2 might garner some interest thanks to its internals alone - it's one of the first devices after NVIDIA's own Shield to use the Tegra 4 SoC. Throw in a 10.1-inch 1920x1200 screen and a very familiar-looking keyboard dock, and you've got the makings of a serious competitor. Well, you might, if it weren't for the high price tag and cheap-looking build.
It's been over four months since Google officially announced Android 4.2 and slightly less time since the initial round of new Nexus devices running it went up for order. Much like the gunshot that kicks off the 100-meter tortoise race, that launch signaled the silent contest to see which manufacturer could get out a non-Nexus update first. Today, we have our winner: ASUS, with a shiny new version of Jelly Bean for the Transformer Pad (TF300T).
The manufacturer has also promised that there will be updates to its App Locker, Virtual Keyboard, Lock Screen, and Setup Wizard applications. Initially, the update will only be available via OTA for U.S.
One of the nicest options of ASUS' line of tablets is the keyboard dock with a built-in extra battery that can make your device run forever and much easier to type on. The downside? Those docks tend to cost over $100. In the case of the Transformer Pad 300 (TF300), exactly $127, to be precise. Right now, though, Newegg is offering it for free if you buy it with the tablet. The deal is available in both blue and white options.
Be sure to check the "2 Item Combo" check box. If you attempt to add the two accessories separately, you won't get the discount.
I love how fast ASUS moves. When they say an update is coming, you can rest assured that it's coming soon. Just this morning they teased us a bit on Facebook, and ASUS rep Gary Key took to XDA to let users know that the Jelly Bean updates for the Prime and Infinity would be rolling out "within 72 hours."
Now, this evening, they've published a rollout schedule and full changelog for both devices:
- Upgrade OS from Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- Default enable System Bar Lock
- Add Multiple Photo Selection feature
- Support Connect Dock (Accessory)
- Remove Adobe Flash support
- Remove Wi-Fi Direct function support
- Remove Press Reader
It's also noted that Press Reader, should you actually use it, will still be available in the Play Store.
Update: Unfortunately, neither ASUS nor NVIDIA had anything of value to say about this device:
Officially, no comment on unannounced products.
First I have heard of it, especially since the next tablets up on the roadmap are Windows based.
As many readers have already pointed out in the comments, perhaps this will be a Windows RT tablet. Time will tell.
This is a curious one; a mysterious ASUS tablet has shown up out of the blue at the FCC today, with the model name 'TF500T'. Naturally, that places it right in the middle of the company's existing tablet line-up, between the TF300 and TF700, but that's all we have to go on for now.
The original Transformer was one of the first tablets to capture the imagination of the Android community, and three iterations later the family continues to be popular among modders and ROM enthusiasts. The latest and inarguably greatest member of ASUS' tablet family, the Transformer Pad Infinity, now has infinitely more options when it comes to aftermarket ROMs and modifications. The company released the TF700 version of their bootloader unlock tool, and interested users can download it from the ASUS support website. The release comes almost exactly two months after the cheaper Transformer Pad 300 got the same treatment.
The tool is in the form of a standard APK file.
You might remember ASUS as the company that manufactured the overwhelmingly popular Nexus 7 tablet. Did you know that ASUS makes other tablets as well? It's true! Among them are the Transformer Pad, Transformer Pad Prime, and Transformer Pad Infinity. If you happen to own one of these tablets, then ASUS would like you to know that your slate is "scheduled to receive Android 4.1 updates in the coming months." Nice, huh?
Here's the full statement from ASUS:
So if you haven't already, now may be the time to order! Thanks, David!
Office Depot beat them to the punch, but if you want options when buying a shiny new ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700, you'd best check out Amazon. They've got the gray and champagne flavors in 32GB ($499.99) and 64GB ($599.99) plus matching docks at the standard price of $149.99.
ASUS tablet fans have been eagerly awaiting the Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 ever since it was announced, bringing a full 1080p screen panel (not to mention some much-needed wireless improvements) to the company's flagship tablet slot. The TF700 isn't scheduled to go on sale in the US until Monday, July 16th, but Office Depot seems to have jumped the gun. They're currently showing the much anticipated tablet as "in stock", presumably ready to roll out to anyone who pays the $499.99 MSRP. Don't everybody click that link at once, now.
Other go-to online retailers like Amazon aren't showing the TF700, so this is probably a clerical error on Office Depot's part.
Owners of ASUS' original Eee Pad Transformer have something to be excited about, as the update to software version 126.96.36.199 began rolling out earlier today.
While the update isn't too exciting (keeping the device at Android 4.0.3), it does bring a handful of fixes that TF101 users have been waiting for for some time. Among them are fixes for video playback, Chrome performance, and various app performance issues. Unofficial user reports indicate that the update may also bring smoother performance overall. Here's the full (official) change log:
188.8.131.52 Release Notes
- Fix Chrome browser and black screen issues
- Fix "Mobile Dock Battery saving mode" bug
- Fix movie playback hang issue
- Enhance MyLibrary and Vibe performance
- Enhance AppBackup stability
- Enhance Email stability
- Update translation for Settings
As usual, users looking to grab the update manually need only check for system updates in their device's Settings menu.