Although Chromebooks have only grabbed a small part of the laptop computer market thus far, despite much success in the education sector, the race to bring out less expensive models to entice buyers appears to be heating up for 2015. A new report from Digitimes Research indicates both Lenovo and Asustek are preparing new Chromebooks equipped with Rockchip technology to hit the market at a $149 price point.
Thus far, most Chromebooks have been priced in the $200 – $300 range, so the products from Lenovo and Asustek could set new lows for notebook devices. Both devices are expected to come with 11.6-inch screens and the Rockchip processors, but other details are not yet known. Acer is currently the biggest Chromebook producer and these new devices would be priced 25% lower than the Acer C720 that runs $199. Digitimes Research indicated that in addition to the price pressure this move will create for other Chromebook producers like Acer, it will also put pressure on Microsoft which has been modifying license costs in an effort to stave off Chromebooks’ growth in the market.
Rockchip is a “first-tier tablet application processor (AP) designer” from China. They have worked with Intel on chip design and distribution. They are also a Google-certified solutions provider.
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Right now, customers in the United States can pick up ASUS’ ZenWatch for $199 from the Play Store. The device is currently listed as ‘in stock’ and will leave Google’s warehouses within 1-2 business days, so if you order today with Standard Delivery, it should be with you by next Monday, November 17.
In terms of design, ASUS’ first ever smart watch sports an aluminium unibody and is essentially a more elegant version of LG’s G Watch. ASUS’ offering comes with a ‘real’ leather strap, which can be purchased in a variety of different colors, including Black, Tan Blue, Pink and Red.
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Source: Google Play Store
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The tablet market hasn’t seen the turnover that smartphones have enjoyed, but there’s still a steady stream of new and improved slates coming out. However, this time around we’ve only seen fit to add a couple of new devices to our buyer’s guide tablet listing — for the time being, at least. If you’re still in the market for one, or looking to trade up, we’ve still got you covered. You can peruse the entire list in our official guide or head on down to the gallery below for a quick tour of the best options on the market.
The Android Wear space has heated up mightily over the last few months. The main offenders that have been kicking up a fuss have been the round-faced Motorola Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R, however the latest square-faced smartwatch is about to hit the scene, and boy does it look like a good one. The ASUS ZenWatch was officially announced at IFA 2014 earlier this year, and despite the fact we knew its pricing ($199 USD), we’ve yet to hear word of when it would be arriving for us to get our dirty mitts on – until today. November 9th (that’s two days away!) is the date that the ZenWatch is going to become available and will start to be sold (in the US at least) in Best Buys with it going up on Google Play at a later date.
At $199, the ZenWatch is a particularly interesting specimen. Hardware-wise, it doesn’t look all that different from the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R, housing a Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz processor, 512MB RAM and 4GB storage, which makes it almost a steal at $50 cheaper than the two round-faced smartwatches. Couple that with a few software additions like tap features that add additional functionality and a selection of 100 watch faces to choose from. While we’ll reserve full judgement until some reviews start coming out, we’re quietly confident that the ZenWatch is the more budget Android Wear option that we’ve been waiting for.
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Source: The Verge
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If you’ve been jonesing for a square Android Wear smartwatch that’s slightly more stylish than what’s currently on offer, your wait is just about over. ASUS has announced that the ZenWatch will reach the US on November 9th, when it’ll sell through Best Buy for $199; it’ll also be available through Google Play at a later date. That’s a pretty alluring price for wristwear that’s not only fairly sleek looking, but goes above and beyond Android Wear’s usual features, such as double-tapping the screen to launch a pre-assigned task. While a lot of what’s under the hood will be familiar if you’ve tried earlier Google-powered wearables, ASUS’ stand-out design could make it worth a closer look.
ASUS has announced that its first ever Android Wear device, the Zenwatch, will launch in the United States this Sunday, November 9. The unit will initially be available to purchase exclusively at Best Buy for $199. However, it is expected to make its way onto the Play Store in the not-too-distant future.
In terms of design, the Zenwatch sports an aluminium unibody and is essentially a more elegant version of LG’s G Watch, ASUS’ offering comes with a ‘real’ leather strap, which can be purchased in a variety of different colors.
In addition to being one of the most unique, the Asus Zenwatch is also one of the most powerful Android Wear devices on the market to date, packing a 1.63-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 320×320 pixels, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.
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The first Android Wear smartwatch from Asus is slated to go on sales in the United States on Sunday, November 9, says TechCrunch. Reportedly, the wearable will carry a $199 price tag, however it’s not clear how or where it will be sold. We might assume the major online retailers and possibly a carrier or two…. Read more »
ASUS has officially launched a new 10-inch tablet device carrying a $199 price tag. The ASUS MeMO Pad 10 is on the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to hardware. The device has a 10.1-inch display running at 1280 x 800 resolution, yielding 149ppi. Powering that display is a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor with a 1.5GHz gpu and 1GB of RAM.
The MeMO Pad 10 will come equipped with 8GB of internal memory, but this can be expanded via a microSD slot. One bright spot in the otherwise modest specs are the speakers. ASUS decided to put in dual stereo speakers. The cameras include a 5MP rear-facing unit and a 0.3MP front-facing camera. The battery is expected to provide 9.5 hours of use. ASUS is shipping the MeMO Pad 10 with Android 4.4 KitKat loaded on the device. On top of that is the company’s ZenUI interface.
When the MeMO Pad 10 shows up in retail outlets it will be available in either black or white.
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Well, that didn’t take long. Just a couple of days after Google stopped pre-orders of the Nexus Player while it waited for the FCC’s all-clear, its Android TV puck has received approval. There aren’t any surprises in the regulatory filing, but it should let you both pre-order the WiFi media hub soon and (hopefully) get it around that originally promised November 3rd release date. If you were worried that you’d have to make do with a Chromecast for a little while longer, you can relax.
With Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google released alongside it the Nexus player.
HDMI out (1920×1080@60Hz)
1.8GHz Quad-core, Intel Atom
Imagination PowerVR Series 6 Graphics 2D/3D Engine
8GB Internal storage
Wifi 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO)
37mm x 140mm x 16mm
120mm x 120mm x 20mm