The official end to Windows XP support may have sent many companies into a panic, but it was good news for PC manufacturers this winter… well, sort of. Both Gartner and IDC report a big increase in PC shipments during the first quarter thanks to companies scrambling to replace old XP computers at the last possible moment. However, the two analyst groups note that the sudden spike only managed to soften ongoing declines in PC shipments, rather than reverse them. Depending on which research firm you ask, the number of PCs on the market dropped between 1.7 percent to 4.4 percent year-over-year. That’s better than what system builders have seen over most of the past two years, but it’s not exactly a recovery.
As for the companies that came out on top, it’s a familiar story. Market share gains largely went to major players like Lenovo, Dell and HP, while the biggest blows came to a long-suffering Acer as well as small vendors. What happens next is less than certain, though. Gartner believes that the tablet boom isn’t hurting PCs as much as it used to, and expects upgrades from XP to help shipments over the course of 2014. IDC, meanwhile, isn’t so optimistic. Although the outfit sees the tablet market slowing down as it matures, it’s not anticipating a turnaround for computers any time soon.
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Back in January, we reported that AT&T will exclusively release the ASUS PadFone X in the US, and now AT&T is finally back again with something new for us regarding the PadFone X. On their official blog, AT&T published the whole information about the specs of the PadFone X, check it out below:
- PadFone: 143.93 x 72.46 x 9.98 mm (150g)
- PadFone Station: 250.4 x 172.25 x 11.63 mm (514g)
- Android 4.4 (KitKat)
- PadFone: 5”, 1920 x 1080 (441PPI)
- PadFone Station: 9”, 1920 X 1200 (252PPI)
- PadFone: 13MP Pixel Master + 2MP front-facing
- PadFone Station: 1MP front-facing
- 2.3Ghz quad-core
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
- 16GB (2GB RAM)
- microSD™ slot in smartphone extends external memory up to 64GB
- WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
- BT 4.0
- PadFone : 2,300mAh
- PadFone Station: 4,990mAh
About the release, AT&T said they “ are one step closer”. So we have no idea how long that step will be, but I think AT&T should release it as soon as possible, because the competition is not getting any easier. Will you grab the PadFone X? Let us know in the comment box below.
ASUS left us wanting for detailed specs when it showed off the Padfone X at this year’s CES — thankfully, AT&T (its carrier) has finally spilled the beans about the 2-in-1 device. The duo’s phone component has a 1,920 x 1,080 5-inch display, a 13-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front-facing cameras. Similar to other Padfones, this handset (when docked) transfers info over to its accompanying tablet, which in this case has a 9-inch display with 1,920 x 1,200 resolution and a 1-megapixel front camera. As we’ve previously mentioned, the device will be able to tap into AT&T’s fledgling LTE-Advanced network, but it can also connect to the internet via WiFi and transfer files via Bluetooth 4.0.
Under the hood, the Android KitKat twofer boasts a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip, 16GB of internal memory (that’s expandable, thanks to a microSD slot) and 2GB of RAM. Even if the phone serves as the hybrid’s brains, though, they’re each powered by their own battery: the handset draws energy from a 2,300mAh battery, while the tablet runs on a 4,990mAh power source. That’s about the extent of what AT&T’s willing to share, so we’re still in the dark when it comes to the Padfone X’s price and release date in the US. But, considering Ma Bell’s LTE-A network is now live in some locations and ASUS CEO Jerry Shen promised a Q2 release, we’ll probably hear about those details soon enough.
Via: Android Central
ASUS has decided to launch a new smartphone line in China. The line contains Zenfone 4, 5 and 6, and they are all powered by the Intel Atom chipsets. The devices will be launched in China on April 11, and about the pricing, Zenfone 4 will be available for $100, the Zenfone 5 for $150, and the Zenfone 6 for $200.
ASUS Zenfone 6 is a 6″ phablet with glove and pen touch support and 720p resolution, featuring Intel Z2580 chipset, 2GB RAM, 13MP f/2.0 with the same PixelMaster tech, storage of 8GB/16GB and also MicroSD card slot.
ASUS Zenfone 5 features a 5″ IPS LCD screen with 720p resolution and same gloves and pens support, dual-core Intel Atom Z2580 clocked at 2.0GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8MP “PixelMaster” camera with f/2.0 aperture, dual-SIM, and there’s 4GB of built-in storage with a microSD card expansion slot. And the Zenfone 4 features a 4-inch WVGA display, dual-core Intel Atom Z2520 (clocked at 1.2GHz) with 1GB of RAM, and a 5MP camera.
Are you planning to grab any of them? Let us know in the comment box below.
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While Xiaomi has yet to launch its very own tablet (the Eden Tab doesn’t count), you can now get a first taste of its tablet-friendly MIUI Android ROM, which is available as an open beta for the 2013 edition Nexus 7. According to the company, this isn’t merely a scaled up version of MIUI V5, as it has a “brand new architecture” with content — including native apps, system menus and new screen animations — optimized for both screen orientations. Interestingly, CEO Lei Jun added that tablet vendors can get in touch if they want to ship their devices with MIUI preloaded, which would be a first for non-Xiaomi hardware. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean Lei’s not making his own tablets in the near future; but as of now, there are no reliable rumors of such plan.
If you have a new Nexus 7 lying around and don’t mind giving MIUI a go, then head over to MIUI’s website to grab the 278MB download.
You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.
It looks like Amazon might finally be building its rumored set-top box, and this is probably the controller that will come along with it. Thanks to Dave Zatz, photos of the rather chubby handset were uncovered from the Brazilian FCC. All in all, it’s got all your standard gaming functions, with the addition of a few Android controls and what appears to be an Amazon Game Circle button.
Samsung announced that it’s bringing three new accessories to its low-end Galaxy Core Advance smartphone that are designed to help the disabled or visually impaired: the Optical Scan Stand, Voice Labels and most impressively, the Ultrasonic Cover. By using the latter, the Core Advance can detect objects or people in a 2-foot radius and provide vibrational feedback or spoken alerts.
Valve released the first prototype Steam Controller toward late last year, and now it’s given us a much better idea of what the final product will look like. When compared to the older version on the right, you’ll notice the newer model lacks the touchscreen, but adds several buttons in its place.
What’s special about the ASUS Transformer Book Duet TD300? It runs both Android and Windows operating systems in the form of a laptop or tablet. However, this interesting hybrid may never see the light of day due to contention from Microsoft and Google.
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One of the more interesting laptops we saw at this year’s CES was a split-personality hybrid from ASUS — the Transformer Book Duet TD300, shown above. According to the Wall Street Journal, however, plans to launch the device during the first half of this year have been shelved due to resistance from both side of OS camp, i.e., Microsoft and Google. The WSJ report tallies with an earlier rumor from DigiTimes, and it also claims that sales of two of ASUS’s existing dual-OS products, the the P1801 and P1802 all-in-one PCs, are to be suspended due to Microsoft’s “new policy” of not supporting dual-boot systems. On the other hand, none of this really jibes with rumors from the smartphone side of the market, where Microsoft is reportedly willing to try anything in order to boost the popularity of the mobile version of Windows.
Source: Wall Street Journal (pay wall)
The beginning of February Asus announced their upcoming Chromebox which was promised to be the ‘Smallest-Ever’ measuring in at 4.88 x 4.88 x 1.65 inches. Inside you will find a 1.4 GHZ Celeron 2955U processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM and 16GB internal storage. All running the Chrome OS.
Beyond the internal hardware specs, the Asus Chromebox also brings 4 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Display, Ethernet port and sd card reader. You get all of that for plus 100GB of Google Drive cloud storage for 2 years for just $179. Asus also let the source know that they did end up putting a fan inside. While they promise it will only fire up briefly at start up and kick on only when needed, they weren’t able to make it fanless as they intended.
We are certain the developers out there will have a field day with this little box. We have seen them bring Ubuntu, Debian and other things to the Chromebooks, we can only imagine what tinkering they will do with this.
You can pre-order through the usual locations like Amazon, TigerDirect or Newegg. All three retailers offer the same price tag. Shipments are planned for March 14th. We like Amazon best, so you can find the link to the Amazon store for the Asus Chromebox below.
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If the simplicity of ASUS’ Chromebox is enticing, you’ll be glad to hear that you can pick up the miniscule computer very soon. The $179 Chrome OS desktop is now available for pre-order at stores like Amazon, Newegg and TigerDirect, with the first wave of orders due to ship on March 14th. A base system starts out modestly with a 1.4GHz Celeron and 2GB of RAM, although you can splurge for a Core i3 model (the Core i7 variant isn’t coming stateside). Just don’t expect a completely silent machine — AnandTech understands that none of the Chromeboxes are fanless, contrary to some expectations. As long that isn’t a dealbreaker, though, you can snag ASUS’ cheap PC at one of the source links.
ASUS is planning to release the Android 4.4 for their PadFone tablets, plus it will also feature the latest version of the Zen UI as well. Although, ASUS is only telling us when we can expect it as they are no exact dates right now, but at least we know it’s coming. Below you can see the list of few tablets, including their region and time frames:
- ASUS Padfone 2 (Q2 2014)
- ASUS Padfone Infinity in Russia and Asia (Q2 2014)
- ASUS Padfone A80 in Europe (Q2 2014)
- All other new PadFone Infinity models (Q3 2014)
ASUS says that they “will provide more specific information on the timing of these updates at a later date”. Are you using any of the mentioned PadFone? Tell us what you think in the comment box below.
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