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Finally, KitKat is available for the New Padfone Infinity   
Author Marc Schattorie Monday 29 September 2014 - 21:30:40 Comments: 0   printer friendly  create pdf of this news item 
Asus first released KitKat for their second generation Padfone (the Padfone 2, A66) several months ago. After that they rolled out KitKat for their third Padfone (the Padfone Infinity, A80). And now they finally released it for one of their strongest devices, the New Padfone Infinity, A86.

The update is currently only available for Padfones with the TW or CHT SKU's. We don't know when other SKU's will follow.

The new KitKat upgrade brings the new ZenUI to the device. It's a pretty big turn around, but it seems like a nice addition to the default Android skin, it still nicely maintains Asus's "clean interface status".

The update is not available via OTA, it is only available for download via the official Asus website here.

We would also like to invite you to discuss about this update in this thread on our forums.
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Forum spam attacks   
Author Marc Schattorie Thursday 18 September 2014 - 15:17:17 Comments: 0   printer friendly  create pdf of this news item 
Padfone Club is experiencing more spam attacks on the forums the past couple weeks.

We're currently working on a solution to get rid of the spam. Please keep reporting spam bots, we'll remove them as quick as possible, and make sure the IP address (ranges) are added to our system to make sure they won't return.
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KitKat also available for Asus Padfone Infinity (A80)   
Author Marc Schattorie Friday 01 August 2014 - 12:14:53 Comments: 5   printer friendly  create pdf of this news item 
A couple of months ago Asus announced that their Padfone 2 (A68), Padfone Infinity (A80) and New Padfone Infinity (A86) would get updates to Android 4.4 (KitKat).

A couple of weeks ago the Padfone 2 got it's update to KitKat version of Android. Now it's time for the Padfone Infinity (A80).

Where the Padfone 2 got an update for all it's SKU's, the Padfone Infinity is currently only limited to Taiwanese SKU's (TW and CHT).

The updates can be found on the official Asus website.

And as usual we like to invite you to discuss this update in our still growing community.

Asus New Padfone Infinity (A86) users still have to wait for their update to KitKat, but as soon as we know anything we'll be on top of it.
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Asus announced the Padfone S   
Author Marc Schattorie Thursday 10 July 2014 - 15:07:22 Comments: 2   printer friendly  create pdf of this news item 
When Padfone Club first started it was only based on "The Padfone". But who knew that this device would grow out in such a big serie, with a Padfone to choose from for everyone?

Padfone, Padfone 2, Padfone Infinity, New Padfone Infinity, Padfone Mini, Padfone X... And now the Padfone S.

The Padfone S is the non-US version of the PadFone X, which is available in the US since June. Unlike the Padfone X the PadFone S comes with a newer Qualcom Snapdragon 801 processor, offers a splash-proof coating, and supports wireless charging. These seem to be the only differences between the two models. Thus, similarly to the PadFone X, the S is comprised of a 5-inch smartphone and a 9-inch tablet dock, both controlled by Android 4.4 KitKat. Asus will sell the PadFone S (including the Station) for around $500 in Taiwan.

Discuss the Asus Padfone S at our forums!
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Android KitKat available for the Padfone 2!   
Author Marc Schattorie Monday 30 June 2014 - 19:36:58 Comments: 0   printer friendly  create pdf of this news item 
Asus has promised to release the new Android 4.4 codename Kitkat in Q2 of 2014, and they kept this promise, they released the update just in time.

The new version number for this new build is 11.8.3.3 and has been released for Japanese (JP), Russian (RU), Chinese (CN), Starhub Edition (STARHUB), Hong Kong (HK), Taiwan (CHT and TW) and also the World Wide (WW) versions of the Asus Padfone 2.

Asus has been famous for their clean Android interfaced, however, the new firmware update also brings the new ZenUI to the device.

Sadly, the Padfone Inifnity and Asus's flagship Tne new Padfone Infinity still don't have the upgrade.

Discuss this update on our forums.
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Asus Transformer Book V   
Author Marc Schattorie Wednesday 04 June 2014 - 15:04:14 Comments: 14   printer friendly  create pdf of this news item 
After their first transformer tablets/netbooks, Padfones, full-blown-ultrabook-hybrids, Asus is still able to surprising us with new innovations.

The Asus Transformer Book V (Five) is a 12.5-inch tablet/ultrabook, the tablet part has its own Windows 8.1 OS running on an Intel Core architecture. Then you have the 5-inch, ZenFone 5-like Android 4.4 phone, which is the first to run on Intel's 64-bit quad-core Atom (Moorefield) chip with LTE radio. When docked, the phone's Android interface is displayed within Windows 8, and you can also switch to the full Android tablet interface. In other words, you get five modes in total:
1. A Windows tablet
2. A Windows laptop
3. An Android phone
4. An Android tablet
5. An Android laptop

So what do you guys think? Do you think it's going to be a success? Discuss it in the comments below.
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Confirmed: Android KitKat for several Padfone versions?   
Author Marc Schattorie Thursday 27 February 2014 - 16:25:22 Comments: 4   printer friendly  create pdf of this news item 
Asus has released a statement about the release of Android 4.4 (KitKat) to some of their Padfone's.

According to this article on the official Asus website the Padfone 2, Padfone Infinity and new Padfone Infinity will receive the new update this year.

The Padfone 2 (A68), Padfone Infinity (A80) will receive their update by the end of Q2 of 2014. The new Padfone Infinity (A86) users have to wait until Q3 of this year. First generation Padfone users (A66) are sadly still stock at Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)

It's not clear if the information shared is completely correct. Asus is known for providing incomplete information, so we still have to wait for more information before this can be confirmed for 100%.

Update: We've asked Asus to confirm the story, and they did.

A68 (Padfone 2), A80 (Padfone Infinity) and A86 (New \Padfone \Infinity) will get KitKat 4.4 with ZenUI (which was introduced on their ZenPhones). The update schedule is a rough guideline since many factors play a role in the final release of an update, but that's understandable of course. As for the question "Which SKU per device will receive the update?" they tell us that this information has not been released yet.
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In Search of Incredible: ASUS at CES 2014   
Author ctys2ard Monday 06 January 2014 - 19:52:43 Comments: 1   printer friendly  create pdf of this news item 
At CES Vegas today, ASUS chariman Jonney Shih takes the stage announcing a brand new 4 in 1 windows/android tablet joint notebook, Zenfone series (yes, ZENFONE!) and the much anticipated Padfone Mini as well as Padfone X.

Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300.

13.3" FULL HD IPS touch screen, 4GB DDRL 1600 RAM, up to 128GB SSD (tab) and up to 1TB (dock), 802.11ac, BT 4.0, USB 3.0 + 2.0 on dock, Sonic Master, Windows 8.1/Android 4.2.2.

With 4th i7 generation Intel CPU, Shih claims it to be the fastest tablet on the market for both OS. Intel chief Renee James also joins Shih on stage to announce TD300 as a genuine dual-OS device, allowing switch between OS in 4 seconds with ASUS instant switch technology. Price for TD300 starts at $599

Zenfone Series

Zenfone 4 - 5MP camera, 0.3MP front camera, 5 colors - Charcoal Black/Pearl White/Cherry Red/Sky Blue/Solar Yellow, 1.2GHz Atom Z2520 QT-HTT/1GB RAM, HSPA+, microSD up to 64GB, starting at $99

Zenfone 5 - 8MP PixelMaster camera + image stabiliser, Atom Z2580 2GHz/1GB RAM, 4 colours - Charcoal Black/Pearl White/Cherry Red/Champagne Gold, HSPA+, microSD up to 64GB, starting at $149

Zenfone 6 - 6" PenTouch, 13MP f2.0 camera, 2MP front Camera, Atom Z2580 2GHz/1GB RAM, 4 colours - Charcoal Black/Pearl White/Cherry Red/Champagne Gold, SonicMaster audio, HSPA+, microSD up to 64GB, starting at $199

Padfone Mini

4" 800 x 480 to 7" 1280 x 800 screen, 8MP camera, 2MP front camera, 1.6GHz Atom Z2560/1GB RAM, starting at $249

Padfone X

5" to 9" full HD screen, running on Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 4G LTE and NFC , Dual front speakers

Padfone X will be on AT&T but no exact date was mentioned.

Shih also elaborated the new ASUS ZenUI to be a much smarter and customisable UI overall with SIRI/S-Voice like personal concierge. The appearance of the UI is frameless and has customisable color themes.

Embeded in the UI is the brand new Camera software with rewind feature, PanoSphere (similar to Google's Photosphere), PixelMaster and image stabiliser. Depending on the series, not all features are identical on every phones/tablets.

Perhaps one intuitive move that ASUS took brilliantly this time is GloveTouch, allowing interation with the phone on gloves. PenTouch on Zenfone 6 also allows any material to act as stylus to interact with the screen.

Other announcement includes the new WQXG ROG monitor.
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Asus reveals Padfone Mini in Taiwan!   
Author Marc Schattorie Thursday 12 December 2013 - 22:34:55 Comments: 0   printer friendly  create pdf of this news item 
A surprising change in the Padfone series. Asus has released their new Padfone, but this time it's not an upgrade of their flagship, but a trendy alternative.

The Padfone Mini will be a 4.3" phone running an a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 Quad-core CPU with 1GB of RAM. The "small" display has a resolution of 960x540. It will be available with 16GB of internal storage, but luckily it does also feature a MicroSD card slot.

The surprisingly smaller then usual 7" Padfone Mini Station has a display resolution of 1280x800, a 2200mAh battery and features the same docking mechanism as 3 of it's previous bigger brothers.

We currently don't have any information about the camera quality, we'll update this post as soon as we know more. But we can tell you that you probably don't have to expect a 13MP rear camera. What we can tell already is that the Padfone Mini Station does not feature a front facing camera.

Of course we've also opened the Padfone Mini General forum, so feel free to discuss about the 5th Padfone in line!

Update: The Padfone Mini does feature a 8 MegaPixel with an Aperture of f2.0. The front facing camera on the phone is a 2 MegaPixel camera. The Padfone Mini Station does not have a front facing camera like we mentioned before.

More information about this new family member can be found on Padfone Club!
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Asus to announce Padfone Mini next week   
Author Marc Schattorie Sunday 08 December 2013 - 12:20:37 Comments: 3   printer friendly  create pdf of this news item 
Due to a GCF (Global Certification Forum) listing rumors about the Padfone Mini have been confirmed. A couple months ago we saw the Padfone Mini on a presentation slide, but now we know it will be shown off in Taiwan next week.

It's expected that the Padfone Mini will have a 4.3" display, and will have a 7" Padfone Station. Furthermore do we expect the device to have a Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor.

Stay tuned for more information!

Source: Engadget
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