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ASUS FonePad – A Tablet Which Can Make Actual Phone Calls

ASUS FonePad – A Tablet Which Can Make Actual Phone Calls

Since their incarnation, Tablets have been sweeping the world by storm and are still pretty much doing so. These days Tablets are available in all shapes, sizes and specs and mostly ranging between 7 and 10 inches. These days OEM’s have been given an opportunity to showcase their products and devices at the Mobile World Congress currently taking place in Barcelona, Spain. Among the companies who intended to stand out from the others was ASUS who announced the very first of its kind tablet called the “Fonepad” which is (you guessed it right) able to make actual phone calls. The 7 inch 1280×800 tablet comes with Intel’s Z2420 1.2 GHz mobile processor, the latest variant of portable processors based on the Intel Atom technology along with 1GB RAM and would be running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. ASUS further added that that devices would be available in the 8GB, 16GB and 32GB variants with support for additional storage made available via microSD along with a 3 megapixel camera on the rear and a 1.2 megapixel camera on the front. A few accessories were also announced at the mega event which definitely go hand-in-hand with the device. These include the VersaSleeve and Turn Case which both offer stands for viewing the tablet in an upright position for watching videos and using it as a display for other purposes.     The Fonepad is set to be made available to the general public from next month with a stated launch price in the US for $250 for the 8GB variant and €219 for the 16GB variant for our friends in Europe. The two accessories, VersaSleeve and Turn Case would be available for €19.99 and €39.99 respectively. Here is what ASUS had to say at its official Press Release, ASUS Announces 7-inch Fonepad™ with 3G Mobile Data and Voice-CallingBuilt-in 3G for fast mobile data and full telephony support give two-in-one flexibility at a competitive price Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain (25th February, 2013) — ASUS today announced Fonepad™, a competitively priced handheld with 3G voice and mobile data for all the features of a smartphone, with the versatility of a 7-inch tablet. Powered by the new Intel® Atom™ Z2420 processor with Android 4.1, Fonepad™ features a vibrant HD display with IPS technology for wide viewing angles and outstanding clarity. “It is ideal to have a larger screen with entertainment, social media and other online activities now playing an increasingly important part in our mobile lifestyles,” said Jonney Shih, ASUS Chairman. “The incorporation of 3G mobile data with full telephony support, makes the Fonepad™ the perfect combination of a tablet and phone in one single device.” “Extending our long history of collaboration, including most recently...

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HP unveils its first Android 4.1 powered Tablet – Slate 7

HP unveils its first Android 4.1 powered Tablet – Slate 7

HP has finally jumped on the Android band wagon, with their all new Android powered Tablet the “Slate 7”.  The Slate 7 will run on stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as HP did not want to put any theme over it. According to some people, this is the case because HP are relatively new to the Operating System. The Slate 7 as the name suggests will have a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1024×600. The heart of the device is a 1.6 GHz Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 Processor. The It also features 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, with expandable storage via MicroSD (which is a BIG Plus). The Tablet also has a 3 MP rear shooter, with a front VGA camera for Skype and similar soft-wares’. As HP have affiliated with Beats Audio for their laptop devices, they have joined hands again for their tablet. The Slate 7 is available for $169.99, which is a very decent price compared to the tablets of the other well known companies. Only Asus’s Nexus 7 seems the closest competitor, will have to see if the Tablet is worth the amount, as HP have claimed it that you will not find a Tablet in its range with the same build quality. Well we will just have to test it for ourselves to find out. Till then if you get a chance to grab one, do let us know how you liked...

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Telstra Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE gets a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich

Telstra Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE gets a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich

Great news for our readers in Australia. As today Telstra users as today The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE received (after a very long wait) the official Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich firmware update is available via OTA (Over The Air). The firmware update is 317.18 MB so it would be advisable to use Wifi to download it, other wise a huge chunk of your data will be used. According to the software update message, the update will reset your homescreen, Samsung account, APN and music playlist. Also you get a new Ebook application. Details of this update will be given later in our Hands on review.     The official firmware build version is: PDA: P7320TDVLPE CSC: P7320TTELLP8 Version: Android 4.0.4 Date: 2013-02-13  ...

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to be unveiled in 3 versions at MWC

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to be unveiled in 3 versions at MWC

Since the beginning of last month we have been hearing ongoing rumors about Samsung’s next big tablet, “The Galaxy Note 8“. Well it seems that these rumors are indeed true since it has been confirmed by representatives at Samsung. The flagship tablet is set to be released in three different types namely, the GT N5110, which has Wi-Fi only, the GT 5100, which has 3G connectivity and lastly, the GT N5105, which has 3G and LTE connectivity. No further details regarding the pricing and product specifications have not been disclosed as yet but we are anticipating it to be released worldwide on Feb 25th at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. As far as the pricing is concerned, the Note 8’s closest possible rival would most certainly be the iPad Mini which is currently priced at around $329 so if Samsung do want to stand face to face with Apple, then it would have to set its marketing strategies absolutely spot on !     The Mobile World Congress is still a few weeks away and we expect more details regarding the device to surface. Until then, be sure to check back for more news on the Galaxy Note 8. So would you go for Samsung’s new device in its already long list of tablets and choose the Galaxy Note 8 over the Google Nexus 7 and the iPad mini? Do share in your thoughts with us....

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Google and Asus planning to launch Second Generation Nexus 7 in May

Google and Asus planning to launch Second Generation Nexus 7 in May

After the successful launch of Google’s first pure vanilla Android Tablet, the Google Nexus 7, the company now plans to launch its next successor sometime in May this year (we are assuming it to be at Google I/O scheduled to take place during that time frame only). Asus, the manufacturer of the original Tablet have also confirmed the rumors surrounding Google’s next flagship Tablet which gives a pure Android experience.     Rumors have revealed that the second generation Nexus 7 will feature a thinner bezel and a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display running on the latest version of Android Jellybean. We are expecting the pricing to be similar to that of the first Nexus 7 which was $199 for the 8GB version, $249 for the 16GB one, and $299 for the 32GB variant. As mentioned earlier, these are just the estimated prices based on the original Nexus 7 Tablet. Till now that’s all the update we have for you on this device and as soon as any further developments occur, we would immediately inform you guys. Excited much ?  ...

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 to launch at MWC 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 to launch at MWC 2013

According to sources Samsung’s mobile head JK Shin has confirmed that the Galaxy Note family will be having a new member at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, is the new member of the Galaxy family. Through  a tweet by @clasficatearg, a leaked picture of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8.0 was shown. Now though it may be leaked, it may actually be the real deal as JK Shin has already announced that the device will be at the MWC 2013.   [LEAKED IMAGE] The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 code named “KONA” uses a 1280 x 800 Super Clear TFT screen and has a 1.6 Ghz Quad Core Processor with 2GB of RAM. The device also will be coming  with the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. Personally I think the battery is a bit low, only 4600 mAh. So, we’ll have to wait and see how much the battery life of the Tab will be considering the high end specs.   Specifications Code name: KONA Android version: 4.2 Jelly Bean Official name: GALAXY Note 8.0 (3G, Wi-Fi) Product codes: GT-N5100, GT-N5110 Battery: 4600 mAh Dimension: 211.3×136.3×7.95 mm , 330 gram. Display: 8.0″1280×800 TFT (Super Clear LCD) GSM networks: EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) HSPA+21.1Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps (850/900/1900/2100) Camera: 5 Megapixel (BACK) Camera: 1.3 megapixel (FRONT) Processor: 1.6 quad-core processor RAM + Storage: 2GB (RAM) + 16/32GB (optional) + microSD (up to 32GB) Connections: BT 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n,...

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