The launch of iPad by Apple has led all the other manufacturers to join the cat and mouse race in the production of the next tablet. ASUS which already showcased four tablets of its own at the Consumer Electronic Show at Las Vegas this year, is rumored to be having a surprise in store this year. Rumors about the launch of iPad 2 are circulating at a full swing which is actually instilling fear into major opponents.
ASUS CEO Jonney Shih, although maintains that his company has a secret weapon that can go head on with iPad 2. So, it looks like ASUS has a fifth tablet in the making that is being hidden from the world. Shih has not disclosed any more information about the fifth tablet and one can only expect a few more facts only in the future as the launch date draws near.
There used to be a time when GPS apps were one of the most expensive and profitable applications on the smartphone marketplace. With the proliferation of Android devices that come with free GPS alternatives, that may no longer be the case. But that doesn’t mean the GPS software makers are out of business. The companies have still been adopting to the new market environment by making applications for these smartphone platforms.
Garmin is now revealed to be making new applications for the iOS and Blackberry platforms. The apps are expected to be offered as free downloads and these new PND applications is expected to be made available on the iPhone App Store and Blackberry App World shortly.
Meanwhile, Garmin has also inked an exclusive deal with Asus for the Android platform. The partnership will mean that Asus will hold rights to complete branding and distribution of Garmin’s PND downloads on the Android platform. Of course, this deal will not affect Garmin’s plans for the other smartphone platforms like the iOS and Blackberry OS.
ExcaliberPC, the online store for netbooks and computers have announced that they now have the new Asus Eee PC 1015PN up for pre-order now. The exact launch date is not displayed as yet on the product page though we have heard in the past that the launch shall happen before the end of October.
This is what the Asus Eee PC 1015PN is all about. Firstly, this is a netbook with a good 10″ display. Other specfications on the netbook include a 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 dual core CPU, an NVIDIA ION graphics card with 512MB RAM, another 1GB DDR3 RAM, a 250GB hard drive and a 0.3 megapixel camera. The device includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and is pretty good on the pockets at just around $429.
Check out the other specifications and ordering information at the product page here.
Asus has announced a new line of ET2400 computers that will bring large displays, powerful processors and high definition video viewing to its customers. The Asus ET2400 series has seven models of computers each coming with a 23.6-inches display along with other common specifications like a 2GB RAM, up to 1TB of hard drive storage and support for USB 3.0, Bluetooth 3.0 and HDMI output.
The higher end version of the series, the Asus ET2400XVT has a 120Hz 3D display that is enhanced by NVIDIA 3D vision. The machines have some high range processing capacity powered by Dual core Pentium, AMD Athlon II X2 and Intel Core’s i3/i5/i7 range of processors.
No word on pricing and launch date as yet.
Asus is launching a new B-series of notebooks that come powered by the Boston Sonata Long Life Battery that are known for their exceptionally long battery life – no, I’m not talking about the power backup. Instead, their lifespan is said to be nearly three times more than the average notebook batteries. That means, you will never need to replace your notebook battery ever – especially considering that the manufacturers offer a 3-year warranty just on the battery.
But that’s not the only thing about the new Asus B53. The notebook features a 15-inch display and is run on powerful Intel Core i5/i7 processors. This is enhanced by Radeon 5470 graphics processors from ATI Mobility. Customers also have a choice to go with an Intel graphics card instead. Other features on the new Asus B53 notebook include a 2GB/4GB memory, a hard drive with storage capacity of 320GB and ATI Eyefinity to support the use of two additional displays.
The Asus B53 model does not come cheap. The basic model is priced at $1,099. The notebook is already out in the markets.
If you are looking at a nettop that is compact and is also not too expensive, here is something you could look at. Asus is launching a new Eee Box EB1501P nettop that comes with a pretty neat and compact form factor besides offering some decent specs. The device is expected to launch in the USA market in a few weeks from now.
From what I hear, the Asus Eee Box EB1501P nettop will come with a dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor that is backed by a powerful NVIDIA Ion graphics chipset for graphics processing. The hardware specs include a 4GB DDR3 RAM, a 320GB hard drive storage and ports for USB, HDMI, eSATA and ethernet connectivity. The device supports Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n connectivity and if the immediate release will include a DVD burner, though later releases (September launches) could include a full-HD Blu-Ray drive. The Asus nettop shall be a Windows 7 Home Premium machine.
Speaking of price, you could be spending close to $500 for all these features detailed above. If high definition gaming is not what you are looking at, this is a good nettop to consider.
Asus is planning to launch a new 8-inches ebook reader in October of this year – Taiwanese publication, DigiTimes has reported. According to the publication’s senior analyst Ming Chi Kuo, the eReader will feature a TFT-LCD panel without backlight from Chimei Innolux and could be priced at $599.
This rumor needs to be taken with a grain of salt on several counts. Firstly, an eReader with an LCD screen could impact the contrast ratio and may not be the ideal ebook reading platform. Secondly, a $600 price point looks atrociously high considering that we already have a few tablet computers with great specs priced well below $600. With Amazon Kindle now available at less than $150 a piece, a $600 looks too high to be true.
Nevertheless, DigiTimes has backed its claims and has published a photo of what they claim is the new Asus eReader.
Will you buy an eReader at $600?
Asus is now out with yet another of their Eee PCs. The new Asus Eee PC 1016P does not feature anything remarkably different from the other netbooks in the market. But these are good specs and are worth taking a look at.
The Asus Eee PC 1016P is run on an Intel Atom N455 processor that is powered by Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. The screen of the netbook measures 10.1-inches and is built with a 1024×600 WSVGA screen with LED backlight. With a RAM capacity of 2GB and 320GB storage drive, it should effectively compare with most rival devices out in the market. Add to this, a 0.3-megapixel webcam as well. Other features on the device include a Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n connectivity, High definition audio, stereo speakers, built-in microphone and a battery that can chug along for 13 hours.
No details about the price, but it should be in line with the price of the other Eee PCs out there.
Asus has been coming up with some novel ideas of late – at least as far as the exterior design is concerned. The Asus Bamboo notebook is still one of the more talked about notebook designs. Now comes the new Asus Eee PC 1001PQ netbook that comes with some out-of-the-box color combinations.
The netbook lid comes in two colors – Flame Purple and Vibrant Gold. Additionally, the netbook also comes with a set of stickers that will allow users to customize their netbook lid to their liking. Of course, this netbook is targeting a market that will love these innovations – the pre-adoloscents. Features wise, the Asus Eee PC 1001PQ netbook s equipped with a 10.1-inches display screen that renders content at 1024×600 pixel resolution, a 1GB RAM (optional 2GB), 160GB-320GB of hard drive storage, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth connectivity and a battery life of between 4.5 and 13 hours depending on the USB port being equipped and the battery pack being employes (3-cell/6-cell).
There is no word as yet on the launch date and prices. But expect them shortly before the device is about to go on sale.
Remember those bamboo notebooks that we had written about not so long ago? Asus has announced that these bamboo notebooks are now available for purchase in the UK market. There are two models to choose from – Asus U33Jc and Asus U53Jc. Both the devices are identical with prominent features being 2.26GHz Intel Core i5-430M processor, LED backlit display with 1366×768 resolution, NVIDIA GEForce 310M graphics card with Optimus technology, a 4GB DDR3 RAM and a USB 3.0 port. Both run on the Microsoft Windows 7 platform.
The Asus U53Jc notebook has a few additional specs – most notably, a bonus DVD burner. This notebook has a 15-inch display while the other Asus U33Jc comes with a 13-inch display.
So here is what you will be paying if you are in the UK. The Asus U33Jc notebook will cost £849 ($1,292) while the Asus U53Jc will cost £899 ($1,368).