Tablets

ASUS is not new to the smartphone market. Since the days of Windows Mobile (not the new Windows Mobile) they've been selling smartphones. But when it comes to Android devices they've been primarily focused on tablets. ASUS worked with Google to design and manufacture both generations of the Nexus 7, which was beloved by Android enthusiasts. Their Padfone devices were an attempt to have a smartphone that attached to a tablet shell to make a sort of 2-in-1 smartphone and tablet. But only recently has the company started making a serious push into the Android smartphone space. Their ZenFone line of phones consists of several devices, with the newest being the ZenFone Zoom and the ZenFone 2, the latter being the device I'm looking...

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0: Introduction & Hands On

Samsung's goal for 2013 is to see the same success in tablets as it did in smartphones in 2012. It's a lofty goal, but one that is entirely feasible...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/23/2013

Samsung's TV Discovery Service Enables TV to Smartphone/Tablet Streaming

I'm not entirely sure I understand the point of MWC this year if everyone is going to pre-empt the show with announcements of their own (or in the case...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/22/2013

NVIDIA Announces Tegra 4i, Formerly Project Grey, With Integrated LTE and Phoenix Reference Design

It has been a while since we’ve heard anything about Project Grey, the first NVIDIA SoC with an integrated digital baseband, and the result of NVIDIA’s acquisition of soft-modem...

21 by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/19/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro mSATA SSD Upgrade: Dangerous but Successful

Unlike current ARM or Atom based tablets, Microsoft's Surface Pro integrates a full blown mSATA SSD. My review sample included a 128GB Micron C400, while I've seen reports of...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/17/2013

Tegra 4 Shipment Date: Still Q2 2013

Last night NVIDIA's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, stated that shipments of its Tegra 4 SoC to customers would begin in Q2. A few outlets incorrectly assumed this meant Q2 of...

2 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/14/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro Teardown: mSATA SSD Inside

After we published our Surface Pro review I went back and updated it to confirm that the SSD inside was indeed of the mSATA variety. My particular review sample...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/13/2013

Broadcom Announces BCM21892 - Their First 4G LTE-Advanced Baseband

It was teased at this year's CES demonstrating VoLTE calls, we saw it working in a reference design, and today, Broadcom is finally ready to make their first LTE-enabled...

17 by Brian Klug on 2/12/2013

WikiPad Gaming Tablet Coming This Spring For $249

Gaming on Android has been a hot topic lately. Purpose built consoles and handhelds have been rolling out along with plenty of excellent games. The WikiPad, announced in 10-inch...

11 by Jason Inofuentes on 2/7/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro Review

There's clearly interest in a device that converges the tablet and notebook. ASUS saw some of the earliest success in this department with its Transformer line of Android tablets...

229 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/5/2013

3DMark for Windows Launches; We Test It with Various Laptops

After a two-year hiatus, Futuremark is back with a new version of 3DMark, and in many ways this is their most ambitious version to date. Instead of the usual...

69 by Jarred Walton on 2/5/2013

Hands on with Microsoft's Surface Pro, Available in US & Canada on February 9th

When it launched Surface RT, Microsoft mentioned that 3 months later it would be bringing out an Ivy Bridge version running Windows 8 Pro. At the end of last...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/22/2013

Microsoft Announces New Surface RT SKU: 64GB Without Touch Cover

When Microsoft launched Surface RT, you could only buy the 64GB SKU with a bundled black touch cover. Although Microsoft's custom keyboard covers are an integral part of Surface's...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/22/2013

Rounding Out the Surface Announcements: New Markets and New Touch Covers

Along with the 64GB $599 Surface RT and Surface Pro availability announcements, Microsoft is also announcing three new limited edition touch covers, expanded availability in 13 new markets and...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/22/2013

Vizio's AMD Z60 Hondo-based Windows 8 Tablet PC at CES 2013

Even with the comprehensive overhaul of their notebook lineup, the big news out of Vizio’s CES booth was definitely their new Windows 8 tablet. The Vizio Tablet PC is...

32 by Vivek Gowri on 1/15/2013

Razer Edge: Impressions and Thoughts

I spent a fair amount of time at CES playing with the Razer Edge, mostly because it was one of the more intriguing new products on the show floor...

15 by Vivek Gowri on 1/14/2013

Intel Brings Core Down to 7W, Introduces a New Power Rating to Get There: Y-Series SKUs Demystified

For all of modern Intel history, it has specified a TDP rating for all of its silicon. The TDP rating is given at a specific max core temperature (Tj_MAX...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/14/2013

ASUS $149 7-inch MeMO Pad Headed to the US, Powered by VIA SoC & Android 4.1

Just after we got back from CES, ASUS wrote to tell us that a cost reduced version of the 7-inch MeMO Pad was coming to the US. Starting at...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/13/2013

CES 2013 in Retrospect: Laptop Market Trends

With CES now wrapped up and all of us home or headed home, Anand has tasked each of us with putting together some thoughts on what we saw at...

27 by Jarred Walton on 1/12/2013

Samsung Announces Exynos 5 Octa SoC - 4 Cortex A7s, 4 Cortex A15s

Earlier this morning Samsung announced a new eight core SoC and the spiritual successor to the Exynos 5250 "Exynos 5 Dual" called the Exynos 5 Octa (Exynos 5410?). This...

17 by Brian Klug on 1/9/2013

Razer Announces 10.1" Edge Gaming Tablet with Ivy Bridge, Kepler, Windows 8

We saw Razer's Project Fiona gaming tablet last year at CES, and came away from the hands-on opportunity and corresponding conversation with Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan fairly impressed with...

27 by Vivek Gowri on 1/8/2013

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