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ASUS Bringing PadFone to US Market
Tags: Asus, Smartphones, Tablets (all tags)
The smartphone that can convert into a tablet will make its way to the US next year.
In an interview with Engadget, ASUS has announced plans to release a premium version of its unique PadFone mobile device in the United States. The transformable smartphones are capable of being docked into larger display shells, allowing them to convert into tablets.
Up until now, the company has concentrated its PadFone products in Asian markets, but the recently released PadFone Infinity is currently available in several European countries as well. Thanks to their growing success, ASUS is poised to bring an updated model to the United States next year. The US variant is expected to be a high-end version of the PadFone Infinity. The current model features a 5-inch 1080p screen when in smartphone mode and can then be docked into the included PadFone Infinity Station to become a 10.1-inch tablet. Under the hood, the device is powered by a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor and an Adreno 320 GPU all running Android 4.2.
Exact specs, pricing, and availability for the US PadFone model have not been detailed yet, but ASUS did reveal that it is partnering with a "big operator" for the device and that it is expected to launch in Q2 2014.
HDD Gear Deal Spotlight: Amazon Kindle One-Day Sale!
Tags: Amazon, Kindle, Tablets (all tags)
Amazon is offering a special one-day 20 percent discount on its popular Kindle models!
Though Black Friday and Cyber Monday might be over, great holiday shopping deals are still in full swing. As part of a special one-day promotion, Amazon is cutting the price of three of its Kindle models by 20 percent. Here's a rundown of the discounted models.
Standard Kindle - Currently $55.20 (20 percent off its retail price of $69).
Kindle Fire HD 7" 16GB - Currently $135.20 (20 percent off its retail price of $169).
Kindle Fire HDX 7" 16GB - Currently $183.20 (20 percent off its retail price of $229).
These deals are only good for the rest of the day, so act fast if you want to snag a Kindle at these prices. Make sure to stay tuned to High-Def Digest for more holiday related deals, and don't forget to check out Amazon's Holiday Deals Page for all their latest sales and special promotions!
Samsung Rumored to be Developing AMOLED Tablets
Tags: Samsung, Tablets, AMOLED (all tags)
According to reports, new high end 8-inch and 10-inch AMOLED tablets are in the works.
Rumors trickling out of South Korea indicate that Samsung is preparing to launch two new tablets using AMOLED screens. An 8-inch and a 10-inch model are both reportedly in the works.
AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) technology offers superior contrast, higher refresh rates, and thinner sizes compared to traditional LCD screens. Production is expected to begin in early 2014, and the new models will be geared more toward high-end users. For now, traditional LCD panels will likely remain in use for the company's lower cost tablets.
Both models are being groomed to compete directly with Apple's iPad Air and iPad Mini, and one of the tablets is rumored to launch early next year to coincide with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S5. Further specs and pricing have not been revealed yet, but stay tuned to High-Def Digest for more details when they become available.
Acer Details 21.5-inch Aspire Z3-600
Tags: Acer, Tablets (all tags)
The hybrid tablet/desktop offers impressive size and portability.
Acer has announced its latest product, the Aspire Z3-600 portable all-in-one computer. The tabletop PC features a 21.5-inch 1080p touch screen that has a flexible hinge allowing the device to stand up to 90 degrees or lay flat, and coupled with its built-in battery, the Z3-600 combines many of the benefits of a tablet and a traditional desktop computer.
"Our newest all-in-one series is our most flexible and dynamic one yet," said Frank Chang, director of desktop product management for Acer America. "Outfitted with a Full HD display and premium Harman Kardon speakers, it provides superb audio and visuals for movies, games and music. It's also ergonomic. The flexible hinge allows it to be used in several positions from upright to tilted back or flat on a desk or lap, while gesture control enables commonly used OS functions to be controlled with hand gestures from several feet away."
The Aspire Z3-600 runs Windows 8 and is powered by an Intel Pentium J2580 quad core processor, Intel HD Graphics, and 4GB of DDR3 RAM. An HDMI port, one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports and a 750GB hard drive are included as well, and the integrated battery is rated for 2.5 hours of use. In addition, the tabletop PC also features two 2.5W front-facing Harman Kardon speakers and an HD webcam.
Acer is expected to launch the device at major retailers later this month at a suggested retail price starting out at $779.
HDD Gear Cyber Monday Deals Roundup
Tags: Amazon, Tablets, HDTVs, Speakers (all tags)
Here's a rundown of Amazon's major Cyber Monday deals on HD gear, including $50 off the Kindle Fire HDX 7".
Cyber Monday is finally upon us, and Amazon is offering a bevy of limited time deals throughout the day on a variety of gear items, ranging from Kindles to Blu-ray players and TVs. Here's a quick schedule of some of the most notable items that will go on sale today.
Kindle Fire HDX 7" - $50 Discount All Day
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" - Limited Time $40 Discount
Boston Acoustics Soundware XS Digital Cinema Sound System – 08:50 AM EST
32-inch 720p 60Hz LED HDTV - 09:00 AM EST
Epson V11H475220 PowerLite Home Cinema 707 Projector – 09:50 AM EST
Panasonic DMP-BDT500 Blu-ray Player – 09:50 AM EST
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablets - 10:40 AM EST
LG Electronics NB2530A Sound Bar System - 11:00 AM EST
Panasonic WT60 Series 47-inch and 55-inch 1080p TVs - 12:00 PM EST
Panasonic DT60 Series 55-Inch and 60-Inch 1080p TVs - 12:00 PM EST
Creative Inspire T12 2.0 Multimedia Speaker System - 01:40 PM EST
Panasonic VIERA TY-ER3D4MU Active Shutter 3D Eyewear - 01:50 PM EST
Hisense 55T710DW 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz 3D Internet LED HDTV - 02:00 PM EST
Panasonic DMP-BDT225 Smart Wi-Fi 3D Blu-Ray Player - 02:00 PM EST
55-inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV - 04:00 PM EST
The deals will start at the individual times noted, and as always the duration and supplies will be limited. Make sure to stay tuned to High-Def Digest for more holiday related deals, and don't forget to check out Amazon's Cyber Page for all their latest sales and special promotions!
HDD Gear Black Friday Deals Roundup
Tags: Blu-ray Players, Tablets, 4K, Ultra HD, LCD (all tags)
Here's a rundown of Amazon's major limited time Black Friday deals on HD gear.
Black Friday is finally upon us, and Amazon is offering a bevy of limited time deals throughout the day on a variety of gear items, ranging from soundbars to Blu-ray players and TVs. Here's a quick schedule of some of the most notable items that will go on sale today.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablets - 10:40 AM EST
Sharp 60-Inch Quattron LED HDTVs with HT-SB40 Sound Bar - 12:00 PM EST
Panasonic DMP-BDT225 Smart Wi-Fi 3D Blu-Ray Player – 02:00 PM EST
Sharp 70-Inch Quattron LED HDTVs with HT-SB40 Sound Bar - 3:00 PM EST
TCL 50-inch 4K Ultra HD TV - 5:00 PM EST
The deals will start at the individual times noted, and as always the duration and supplies will be limited. Make sure to stay tuned to High-Def Digest for more holiday and Black Friday related deals, and don't forget to check out Amazon's Black Friday Countdown Page for all their latest sales and special promotions!
HDD Gear Deal Spotlight: Samsung Galaxy Tablets
Tags: Samsung, Tablets (all tags)
Amazon is offering up to $100 off select Galaxy Tablets.
As part of Amazon's Black Friday and holiday deals, several Samsung Galaxy tablets are now on sale. Ranging from 20 percent to as much as 42 percent off, these deals won't last forever, so act fast.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch is being discounted 25 percent, bringing its price down to just $150. The 10-inch model can be purchased for only $299, $100 off its retail price. Likewise, The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has also been discounted $100, bringing its price down to $399. Finally, The Samsung ATIV Tab is also on sale, coming in at $374, 42 percent off its retail price.
As always, these prices will only last for a limited time. Make sure to stay tuned to High-Def Digest for more holiday and Black Friday related deals, and don't forget to check out Amazon's Black Friday Countdown Page for all their latest sales and special promotions!
Qualcomm Reveals Snapdragon 805 Ultra HD Processor
Tags: Qualcomm, Ultra HD, 4K, Smartphones, Tablets (all tags)
The mobile technology developer has announced a new high performance chip designed to support 4K video playback.
Qualcomm has detailed the latest mobile processor in its popular Snapdragon line. The new Snapdragon 805 is now the company's highest performing chip and has been developed with Ultra HD video and graphics in mind.
"Using a smartphone or tablet powered by Snapdragon 805 processor is like having an UltraHD home theater in your pocket, with 4K video, imaging and graphics, all built for mobile," said Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and co-president, QCT. "We're delivering the mobile industry's first truly end-to-end Ultra HD solution, and coupled with our industry leading Gobi LTE modems and RF transceivers, streaming and watching content at 4K resolution will finally be possible."
With the Snapdragon 805, users will be able to watch and capture Ultra HD content on their mobile devices and output 4K media to their televisions. The processor features a Krait 450 quad-core CPU that can run at up to 2.5 GHz per core with memory bandwidth support for up to 25.6 GB/second. In addition, the new chip uses the Adreno 420 GPU and enhanced dual camera Image Signal Processors for improved multitasking, performance, and power use.
Qualcomm is testing the new processor now and the Snapdragon 805 is expected to make its way into commercial mobile devices during the first half of 2014.
Source: Qualcomm via PR Newswire
Acer Releases TravelMate X313
Tags: Acer, Tablets (all tags)
The 11.6-inch Windows tablet hybrid is hitting stores this month.
Acer is adding a new tablet hybrid option to the market with its TravelMate X313. The mobile device features an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 IPS touch screen and offers the portability of a tablet along with many of the benefits of a laptop, including an optional keyboard cradle.
"Commercial customers are increasingly moving to the use of touch for many everyday tasks," said Michael O'Beirne, Acer senior director, commercial product marketing. "Whether it’s web browsing, checking email or scheduling an appointment, professional users are finding touch an intuitive and easy way to interact with their computing devices. Fast and responsive, this new convertible ultrabook provides customers with the performance, quick boot time and long battery life required to be productive and efficient."
The TravelMate X313 is powered by an Intel Core i5-3339Y 2.00 GHz processor, Intel HD Graphics 4000, and 4GB of RAM running Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit. A 5MP rear camera and a front-facing Acer Crystal Eye HD webcam are also included. In addition, the tablet features 120GB of SSD storage, a full-sized Chiclet keyboard that is integrated into the cover, and a stylus for pen-based input.
The TravelMate X313 is now available for a suggested retail price starting at $950.
Nokia Lumia 1520 and 2520 Release Date Announced
Tags: Nokia, Smartphones, Tablets (all tags)
The Windows smartphone and tablet will be available later this month.
Nokia has announced the launch date for its latest smartphone and tablet. Both devices are set to go on sale on Novemer 22. The Lumia 2520 tablet features a 10.1-inch 1080p IPS display that is geared toward providing optimal readability whether the user is indoors or outdoors. Meanwhile, the Lumia 1520 smartphone has a 6-inch 1080p LCD screen and has the distinction of being the first smartphone to support capturing photos in the RAW format.
The Lumia 2520 is powered by a 2.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, and an 8000 mAh battery that runs Windows RT 8.1. A 6.7MP rear camera with ZEISS optics and a 2MP front camera are included as well. The tablet also features 32GB of storage and microSD support for up to 32GB.
The Lumia 1520 is powered by a 2.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2GB of RAM and a 3400 mAh integrated battery. 16GB of internal storage is also included along with microSD support for up to 64GB and 7 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage. The smartphone also includes a 20MP rear camera with ZEISS optics and a 1.2MP front camera, and promises to support RAW pictures using Adobe Systems' DNG format.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 will be available from AT&T on November 22 for $199.99 with a standard two year contract. The Lumia 2520 is also expected to launch on the same day from AT&T and Verizon for $499, but Verizon is rumored to be running a special Black Friday sale for $399.
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