Confirmed: Android KitKat for several Padfone versions?
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.
In Search of Incredible: ASUS at CES 2014
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
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 $599Zenfone 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.
Asus reveals Padfone Mini in Taiwan!
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!
Asus to announce Padfone Mini next week
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
The Asus new Padfone Infinity
So Asus launched their already leaked "New Padfone Infinity" today.
The device is not too much different from the original Padfone Infinity. To start off, it does have a new CPU inside, as expected it is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with a clock speed of 2.2GHz. The RAM might also seem to be the same (2GB), but it it's faster tha n the original Padfone Infinity (LPDDR2 on the original Padfone Infinity vs LPDDR3 on the new Padfone Infinity). It also seems that Asus did listen to the community a bit because they finally added Micro SD card slot which allows Micro SDXC cards up to 64GB. There is also a secondary microphone along the top of the device which allows for better noise cancelation during calls, and can be used for stereo audio during video recording.
The new Padfone Infinity will be available in two colors: Titanium Black and Platinum White. Also, there is no 64GB version of this device, only 16GB and 32GB units will be shipped.
We're still updating all our resources to be correct, so in the past couple days you will find all the details about this new device on Padfone Club.
We already opened our special New Padfone Infinity General forum
for you guys to discuss about the 4th generation Padfone. All other forums will follow when the device becomes widely available.
Padfone 2 and Infinity get Android 4.3, first Padfone abandoned?
Asus has released a calendar containing information about the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for all their Android devices.
According to the table, the Asus Padfone 2 and Asus Padfone Infinity will get the update to the latest Jelly Bean version by the third quarter of this year, which should be before the end of September.
But we have bad news for the first generation Padfone fans, Asus does not seem to be planning on any update for it.
Let us know what you think, should Asus keep supporting the first generation Padfone?
Is Asus working on the Padfone Mini?
During a conference call presentation that Asus CEO Jerry Shen gave, one of the slides revealed the Padfone Mini
. It's said that the Padfone Mini
will be a smaller version of their current high end Padfone Infinity.
It looks like Asus is trying to follow the strategy of Samsung and HTC by creating a Padfone Mini
based on the Padfone Infinity. Since the Padfone Infinity is a 5" smartphone which is too large for some people, Asus could choose to build a 4.3" (or maybe even smaller) version, and call it "Mini".
Please bear in mind that this slide does not confirm or deny anything, so time will tell what's going on here.
So what do you guys think about this? Let us know in the comments.
Bootloader unlock tool available for the Padfone Infinity
Where the first generation Padfone users had to wait several months for a bootloader unlock tool, Padfone Infinity users are more lucky. One of our members posted
on our forums that Asus has released their bootloader unlock tool for the Padfone infinity.
This unlock tool allows you to unlock the bootloader of your Padfone Infinity to install third party software like custom recovery and custom ROMs on your device.
The tool is available on the official Asus Padfone Infinity page, and can only be used on Padfone Infinity devices.more...
Padfone Infinity review by Padfone Club!
As you all might know, we received a Padfone Infinity from Asus to review, and that's what we did. We've tested it very well for you guys and wrote a detailed review about it.
Everything you need to know before grabbing one in stores.Check it out here!