03
Jun
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Update: Turns out the teasers were about an ASUS Windows 8/Android device after all, and even Bluestacks got tricked into thinking the "big transformation" teasers were about them. You can find more info about this device, called Transformer AiO, here.

Remember a few days ago when ASUS got everyone's hopes up with teaser videos that began excited rumor-churn about a possible dual-booting Android/Windows 8 tablet? Well, it turns out that the videos in question were meant to tease a new partnership ASUS has formed with BlueStacks, creators of the renowned BlueStacks App Player (which we reviewed back in March).

31
May
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Holy crap. ASUS just released two new teaser videos for its event at Computex 2012, and as vague as they may be, one thing is clear: they're doing something with Android and Windows. Possibly together. Just take a look at this:

Of all the possibilities, a dual-boot Windows 8/Android Transformer sounds like the most fitting (and also the most perfect). Just the thought of that makes me giddy like a school girl.

29
May
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According to Rightware's Power Board benchmark result site (see #11; the benchmark in question is Basemark ES2.0 Taiji), a long-rumored device has popped up in a result database: the much-awaited Nexus tablet. Here's the additional raw info you don't see in the benchmark that we were able to acquire from Rightware:

"os":  {

"android":  {

   "model":  "Nexus  7",

   "hardware":  "grouper",

   "manufacturer":  "asus",

   "device":  "grouper",

   "brand":  "google",

   "display":  "XXXXXX-userdebug  4.1  JRN51B  3XXXXX  dev-keys",

   "version_sdk":  "4.1",

   "board":  "grouper",

   "version_code":  "1"

}

}

Note: strings replaced with XXXXX were redacted by Android Police for privacy.

28
May
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In typical ASUS fashion, the Taiwanese company has released a teaser video for its upcoming showcase at CompuTex 2012 in Taipei, Taiwan. As usual, the video is about as vague as it gets, only making a brief reference to the cloud and the "next transformations," suggesting that we'll a see a "new" entry into the Transformer line.

Update: As one of the comments points out, the tags indicated that this may actually be a Windows 8 Transformer:

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However, I wouldn't get my hopes up for an entirely new device - I'd be willing to wager a large sum that this will just be the official unveiling of the Transformer Pad Infinity, the big brother to the Transformer Prime that features a 1920x1200 display.

22
May
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Ask and you shall receive (apparently) - ASUS has just published the bootloader unlock utility for the Transformer Pad 300. You can download it here.

Version V7

Unlock Device App: Unlock boot loader.
Notice:
1. Only suitable for Andriod4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS version.
2. Before you download, install, and use the Unlock Device App you acknowledge and assume complete risk to the quality and performance of this App, including but not limited to the following: once you activate the App you will not be able to recover your ASUS product (“Original Product”) back to original locked conditions;the Original Product with the activated App will not be deemed the Original Product; the Revised Product will no longer be covered under the warranty of the Original Product; the software of Revised Product will no longer be deemed the software of the Original Product and can no longer receive ASUS software updates; your purchased digital content may also be affected.

21
May
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Looks like an OTA update started making its way to the ASUS Transformer Pad 300 over the weekend that brings a handful of enhancements to the device, including Face Unlock, battery usage details (finally!), and a considerable boost in performance.

What do I mean by "considerable boost in performance," exactly? To put it mildly, the TF300 had a bit of... lag when too many things were running at one time, but it suffered the worst hit when app updates were installing from the Play Store.

16
May
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Hey all you OG Transformer owners - wanna unlock your tablet by looking at it? Better start hitting that 'System Updates' button, because ASUS just started pushing an OTA that will let you do just that. This update not only brings Face Unlock to the device, but a handful of other features and fixes:

  • Improves system stability
  • Improves Email App stability
  • Improves MyNet stability
  • Improves MyLibrary stability
  • Add System Bar Lock: Lock the system bar  when playing games  
  • Add Email App new feature: Email download size/Thread/Out of office notification/Mail Sync schedule

The update should be rolling out to all TF101's in the U.S.

12
May
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Remember ASUS' PadFone from MWC? The Taiwanese manufacturer today released an official teaser for the device-within-a-device, boasting its display, processor, economical benefits, and impressive battery life.

For those who may have missed the specs sprinkled throughout the promo, here's what we know so far:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor at 1.5GHz
  • 4.3" Super AMOLED qHD display (the tablet features a 10.1" display, no word on resolution)
  • 8MP rear shooter (featuring a 5-element f/2.2 lens)
  • Stylus/Headset accessory
  • Over 14,000mAh battery power between the pad, phone, and dock

Overall, the PadFone is still looking like a pretty intriguing device.

10
May
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Do you own an Eee Pad Slider? Time to hit the check update button (if you're in the US, that is), because ASUS just dropped via Twitter that the device is receiving an OTA update to Android 4.0:

As far as I know, that means ASUS's entire line of Android tablets are now running Ice Cream Sandwich (though admittedly, there's only four of them), a track record I'm sure we'd all like to see other tablet manufacturers match (*cough* Samsung *cough*).

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May
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Last Updated: May 15th, 2012

Last week, I threw the Acer A510 and the ASUS TF300 in the ring together for a head-to-head battle. After claiming the A510 as the victor, several readers wanted to know how it compares to the Transformer Prime (referred to as the TF201 from here on out). Since you probably already know what a head-to-head is all about, let's just get right to it.

Fight!

First off, let's look at the hardware specs of each:

Acer Iconia Tab A510

ASUS Transformer Prime TF201

10.1-inch 1280x800 TFT display 10.1-inch 1280x800 Super IPS+ display
1.4GHz (single-core)/1.3GHz (multi-core) quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor 1.4GHz (single-core)/1.3GHz (multi-core) quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor
1GB DDR2 RAM 1GB DDR2 RAM
32GB built-in storage 32GB built-in storage
5MP rear camera, 1MP front 8MP f/2.4 rear and 1.2MP front
3.5mm headphone, microSD, microHDMI, and microUSB 3.5mm headphone, microSD, microHDMI, and ASUS proprietary
Android 4.0.3 with Acer Ring Android 4.0.3 with minor ASUS tweaks
6.9" x 10.2" x 0.43", 1.54 lbs.
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