Asus company president Jerry Shen has been talking tablets, saying his company plans to launch several iterations in the coming months, including 7-inch, 9-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch models, DigiTimes reports.
The 12-inch model will feature Windows and sport Intel hardware inside. Mass production is scheduled for December with hopes of launching the Wintel device in January 2011.
Asus is also prepping two 7-inch and two 9-inch tablets for a March 2011 release. One of the 7-inch tablets will be Wi-Fi only, while the second will include 3.5G support and phone functionality. As for the 9-inch models, one will come built around Nvidia's Tegra 2 platform wrapped in Android, while the other will be another Wintel device. About $100 will separate the two devices.
Let us clarify something right off the bat. You should NOT whack Asus' WX-DL mouse with a hockey stick, no matter how much it resembles a hockey puck. This round mouse is meant to be touched, not beaten.
Akihabara News, which caught wind of the device and snapped a bunch of pics, says the touch sensitive mouse sports a wireless design and is constructed from aluminum. It also looks very similar to the puck-shaped mice that shipped with the first iMacs, only the WX-DL is tilted slightly and functions more like the Mighty Mouse, another Apple product.
Asus' latest rodent can read some gestures, comes with a few multimedia controls, and features a 1,200dpi laser sensor.
The WX-DL is compatible with Windows PCs and will sell for $80.
You’ve been getting by with the cheapie router you bought two years ago, so why should you upgrade now? In a word: Performance. And features. Oh, sorry. That’s two words. We looked at a host of budget offerings in our last router roundup (February 2010) and didn’t find much to get excited about. This time, we asked seven manufacturers to send us the best consumer routers in their stables regardless of price tags.
In most cases, that meant a simultaneous dual-band router capable of running 802.11n wireless networks using the typical 2.4GHz frequency band and the less-crowded 5GHz band, plus a guest network that isolates its clients from your primary LAN. In all cases, it meant a router with an integrated four-port gigabit switch and at least one USB port for sharing a printer or a storage device over the network (some have two USB ports to support both functions). In an interesting twist, however, no one submitted a product using a three-stream wireless chipset promising raw throughput of 450Mb/s.
So what if Asus and Garmin recently broke up, at least it was amicable and the two sides can still remain friends, right? Apparently so, as Asus managed to sweet talk Garmin into giving it sole rights to distribute Garmin navigation software on Android handsets. All Asus has do in return is slap the Garmin Navigation trademark on the back of said handsets.
These devices will be bear Asus' own branding and will launch sometime in January of next year. And while Garmin has agreed not to cooperate with other Android smartphone makers, it does plan to launch free software on Apple's Appe Store and RIM's BlackBerry App World, Asus said.
Now here's an interesting development. Citing "Taiwan-based [PC] makers," DigiTimes reports Microsoft is at least considering resorting to charging royalty fees on vendors of Android handsets for using its patents in email, multimedia, and more. Specifically, Microsoft is taking aim at Acer and Asus.
The reason? DigiTimes says the move is intended to prevent the two vendors from using Android and Chrome OS in their netbooks and tablets.
Out of all the Taiwan-based handset vendors in Taiwan, only HTC has signed licensing agreements with Microsoft for use of its patents. Up to this point, the lack of strict compliance regarding royalty fees for licensed use of Microsoft's patents -- which run at least $10 to $15 per handset -- has made Android a much cheaper option than Windows Mobile.
As far as Asus is concerned, Neil Sedaka was full of crap when he said Breaking Up Is Hard to Do and has made the decision to end its short-lived Garmin-Asus business arrangement. When the contract with Garmin expires in January 2011, Asus will split the partnership and resume selling its own branded handsets.
Like any good break-up, the two will attempt to remain friends and collaborate on navigation software development, but that will be the extent of their dealings. With the partnership dissolved, Garmin will be free to distribute its navigation solutions to other handset makers, which could include Sony and LG, two companies Garmin previously worked with.
As for Asus, the company can get away from churning out LBS (location based service) and GPS specialty handsets.
Priced $1,899, the all-in-one is stuffed with some powerful organs, including an Intel Core i7-740QM (1.73Ghz) processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM, and NVidia NV GTX 460M 3D graphics card with 1.5GB VRAM. It features a 23.6" multi-touch 3D display with full HD (1920x1080) resolution.
Other specs include a 1TB 7200RPM spinning drive, a Blu-ray optical drive, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, three USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports and Windows 7 Home Premium.
It's already a new week, and time for another fun-filled dose of the Maximum PC No BS Podcast. This week, the guys talk about Windows Phone 7, Google TV, and a possible Aol/Yahoo merger. A brand new catch phrase is invented and subsequently run into the ground faster than the Exxon Valdez. That's a little environmental disaster humor for all of you.
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The mechanics at Asus have been tinkering under the hood of the company's Lamorghini Eee PC line and are nearly ready to roll out a couple of new models to the showroom floor.
At the end of this month, Asus will rev its 12.1-inch Lamborghini VX6 in the Taiwan market for around $800. Shortly after, Asus will follow suit with a 17-inch model, the VX7.
The VX6 will race along with an Intel Atom D525 processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB hard drive, USB 3.0 support, and Nvidia's Optimus technology. Those specs aren't likely to woo power users, but then again, we're talking about a 12.1-inch laptop here.
No word on how the 17-inch will come configured or at what price.
Its powerplant, the NVIDIA GT430, features 96 CUDA cores, a 700MHz core clockspeed, 1GB of DDR3 clocked at 900MHz, a 128-bit memory bus, 4 ROPs, and 585 million transistors. The presence of NVIDIA’s Pure Video engine means that it can even accelerate Blu-ray 3D media.
According to Asus, the card is exceptionally durable owing to “highest quality components, including ASUS Dust-Proof fan, GPU Guard, and Fuse Protection,” with the fan alone adding 25% extra to its lifespan. It is available now for $79.99.