ASUS teases Padfone 2 again

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Oct 102012
 

ASUS took the unusual step of revealing on its event invitation that it would unveil the Padfone 2 at an event on October 16th. The teasing now continues on its website:

ASUS Padfone 2 teaser
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The ASUS Padfone 2 is expected to offer a similar set of accessories as the original Padfone. The smartphone can be docked into a tablet docking base and a keyboard can be added to complete the transformation from smartphone to notebook.

Days ago, a number of specification details also leaked out. If accurate, the Padfone 2 will come with a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor, a 4.7-inch HD (1280×720) display, GSM and WCDMA connectivity, 2GB RAM, a 13MP rear camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and a 2,140mAh battery.

ASUS will livestream its October 16th event for those who cannot make it to the event which will be held in both Milan, Italy and Taipei, Taiwan.

It remains to be seen if the Padfone 2 will make its way to North America.

Read more: ASUS and Eee PC.it (in Italian) [Google translation]

Video: Microsoft Windows 8 ads leak ahead of launch

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Oct 102012
 

Microsoft will launch Windows 8 on October 26th. A number of Microsoft ads for the latest version of its operating system have now leaked ahead of the event. Obtained by Israel-based website Techit.co.il, the ads focus on the new tile-based interface and tablets. Four ads are available; here are two of them:

With the ads emphasizing the touchscreen interface, Microsoft also reminds users that everything also be done with the mouse and keyboard.

Read more: Techit.co.il (in Hebrew) [Google translation] (Source: Neowin)

Google Play $0.25 app sale: Day 5

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Sep 302012
 

Google PlayThe celebrations marking 25 billion Google Play downloads wrap up today. Here is the list of apps on sale today for CA$0.25:

Happy shopping!

Read more: Google Play

Motorola pokes fun at Apple Maps in latest ad

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Sep 222012
 

That Apple will improve its new iOS 6 Maps app over time is not in question. But until it does, its competitors will see its current troubles as one of the few chinks in Apple’s armour. Case in point is Motorola’s latest ad:

Looking for 315 E 15th in Manhattan? Google Maps on DROID RAZR M will get you there & not #iLost in Brooklyn.

Motorola iLost RAZR M ad
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Mapping software is now a standard feature on smartphones. For the first time in what seems like a long time, Apple has given its competitors something that they can use to sway buyers from one device to another. It will not be enough on its own it but could could be that little bit extra needed to tip more than one decision away from Apple.

Food for thought: Is it time to coin the term ‘MapsGate’ to describe Apple’s latest public relations nightmare?

Read more: Motorola [via Google+]

Apple rolls out iPhone 5 ads

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Sep 222012
 

Along with yesterday’s iPhone 5 launch, Apple has launched a series of new ads focusing on its latest smartphone. Three of the four videos focus on the new features introduced while the last focuses on Apple’s new EarPods.

The tone of the ads is a bit less serious than previous Apple ads.

Do you like the new ads?

Read more: Apple

Latest Samsung ad revisits the Apple customer lineup

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Sep 192012
 

It’s been a while since Samsung released an ad featuring its favourite competition’s customers waiting in a lineup for the “next big thing.” Continuing with its “The Next Big Thing is Already Here” theme, the latest ad features the Samsung Galaxy S III and once again takes a few jabs at Apple’s products, this time the upcoming iPhone 5.

These still make me smile…

Read more: Samsung [via YouTube]

Samsung takes aim at Apple iPhone 5 with latest ad

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Sep 162012
 

Samsung may have lost its U.S. patent lawsuit with Apple but it remains unbowed. After a series of video ads clearly aimed at Apple fans and their near fanatical devotion to the brand, the manufacturer has now taken aim at Apple’s latest smartphone. With the tag line “It doesn’t take a genius” it compares Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III to the iPhone 5 and unsurprisingly finds the latter lacking.

Ad: Samsung Galaxy S III compared to Apple iPhone 5
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Needless to say, the ad is skewed towards the Galaxy S III, touting pretty much all of its features (such as S Beam or Share Shot) but omitting to list iPhone 5 features (such as AirPlay). Samsung also takes a shot at the new Lightning connector, describing it as “a totally different plug.”

It would appear that relations between the two companies will not be warming up any time soon…

Read more: Business Insider

Motorola to offer US$100 credit for 2011 devices not to be upgraded to Jelly Bean

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Sep 062012
 

MotorolaAs first announced yesterday during its event with Verizon, most Motorola Android devices released from 2011 onwards will be upgraded to Jelly Bean. It also promised a US$100 credit for those devices that would not be upgraded due to hardware limitations.

If we don’t upgrade your phone to Jelly Bean, we don’t want you to miss out. Buy a select new Motorola smartphone, trade in your old phone, and we’ll give you $100 back. So you always enjoy the best from us.

It today launched a trade-in sitelet where you can go to register to be notified of when your phone’s Jelly Bean upgrade is released or how to to trade in your phone and take advantage of the credit.

The fine print states that the offer is only available to “United States sales of Android Motorola smartphones first offered in 2011 or later.” We’ve reached out to Motorola Canada to see if they will offer a similar program.

Update: Motorola Canada provided us with the following response: “Motorola is evaluating which devices will receive the Jelly Bean upgrade. We will release more details as soon as we have them.” Canadian owners will need to keep their fingers crossed a while longer.

Read more: Motorola

LG Optimus G video teaser

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Sep 062012
 

LG has launched a teaser video for its upcoming quad-core LG Optimus G smartphone. It makes some bold promises:

Ever wanted to say NO to all the DON’T Signs?

Ever dreamed of a World Without Limits?

The video also indicates that the LG Optimus G is “first of an all-new redesigned series,” suggesting that LG has a few more devices waiting in the wings.

The global version of the LG Optimus G will first launch in Korea this month. Other worldwide markets will then follow.

Read more: LG [via YouTube] (Source: PhoneArena)

Motorola Facebook teaser is not for the DROID RAZR HD

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Aug 082012
 

Motorola yesterday kicked off a Facebook teaser campaign asking users to guess what phone it was hinting at. Most of us expected the campaign to culminate in the announcement of a new smartphone with the DROID RAZR HD as the likeliest candidate. Today’s hint rules out the DROID RAZR HD, revealing that the device in question is already on sale in the U.S.:

Guess the Smartphone: I’m really fast! I browse the Web, multitask and power through emails with my 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. And just a note, I’m in market in the U.S. from Motorola already. Which smartphone am I?

As for what device Motorola is teasing us with, it appears that it is none other than the Motorola ATRIX HD which is already offered by AT&T (and coming to Bell soon here in Canada).

August 2012 Motorola device announcement

Looking back at yesterday’s first hint, Motorola never does say that the device is in fact new. Chalk this one up to one of those cases where we saw what we wanted to see! As for the DROID RAZR HD, we’re now back in the dark as to when it will be announced.

Read more: Motorola [via Facebook]

Motorola to unveil LTE smartphone on Friday

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Aug 072012
 

Motorola announced today on Facebook that it will unveil a new smartphone on Friday. It will drop a new hint every day, leading up to the big reveal on Friday. Today, it revealed that the new device will come with 4G LTE connectivity:

Let’s play a game, Guess the Smartphone. We’ll give a clue each day all week and make the big reveal on Friday. I have the power of 4G LTE. Which smartphone am I?

August 2012 Motorola device announcement

Motorola could unveil the oft-rumoured DROID RAZR HD for Verizon. It is rumoured to come with LTE as well as a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and Adreno 225 GPU, Android 4.0.4, a 720p display, and a 13MP camera.

It is unlikely that this upcoming device will be launched in Canada. Motorola Canada recently announced the Motorola RAZR V, Motorola ATRIX HD LTE, and Motorola DEFY PRO.

Read more: Motorola [via Facebook]

Rumour: Fido offering 6GB data plan to retain existing customers

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Jul 252012
 

FidoResponding to competitors offering 6GB data plan promotions (Rogers, Bell and Virgin Mobile, TELUS), Fido has apparently put together its own 6GB data plan offer. Unlike other promotions though, this one will only be offered to existing customers through Fido’s Retention program. According to details obtained by MobileSyrup, the $60 6GB Competitive Match Plan is “NOT available in store” or for new activations.

The plan is available with or without a contract to BlackBerry or smartphone customers. It offers the following:

  • 300 Daytime (local) minutes
  • Evenings/Weekends starting at 5pm
  • Unlimited incoming calls
  • Unlimited international SMS (no MMS)
  • 6GB data included

Much like the other offers, this one is in effect only until August 7th.

Video: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 ad

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Jul 232012
 

Remember the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year? Following some rumoured modifications, it appears that Samsung may finally be getting ready to launch the 10.1-inch tablet that comes with an S Pen digital pen (like the original Galaxy Note). An ad featuring the tablet has now surfaced:

The ad appears on STEP MODEL’s YouTube channel, a modeling agency whose clients are primarily in movie, music, film, fashion and commercials. It has also done work for Nokia.

Samsung has still not provided official launch details.

Read more: STEP MODEL [via YouTube]

Video: Google Nexus 7 ad

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Jul 232012
 

It would appear that Google has a hit tablet on its hands with the Nexus 7. While the 8GB version is still available online, Google has pulled the 16GB version, now listing as ‘coming soon.’ Finding either in a retail store also appears to be an epic effort with most reporting sell-outs as well. This said, Google has yet to provide actual numbers but has said that it is seeing “incredible demand.”

Google is now stepping up its marketing efforts with the release of its first Nexus 7 ad entitled ‘Camping:’

As for why someone would take a Wi-Fi-only tablet camping, you’ll have to watch the ad…

Read more: Google [via YouTube] (Source: The Next Web)

Huawei releases MediaPad 10 FHD tablet promotional video

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Jul 222012
 

Huawei first announced its quad-core MediaPad 10 FHD tablet back at MWC 2012. It promised a Q2 launch but we are still waiting for it. A sign that it may finally be about to happen is the release of a promotional video for the “fast-performing tablet with unsurpassed audio-visual entertainment features:”

Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD specifications:

  • Processor: Huawei 1.5GHz quad-core K3
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Cellular connectivity: Optional LTE/HSPA+
  • Display: 10-inch HD (1920×1200) IPS
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 8GB onboard and microSD cards (and up to 160GB of cloud storage)
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP AF with dual LED flash
  • Front-facing camera: 1.3MP
  • Dimensions / weight: 8.8mm thin / 580 grams

Like the ASUS Transformer tablets, it has an optional keyboard kit that transforms it into a touchscreen laptop

Huawei looks to have a busy fall ahead of it. It recently launched the Ascend P1 (now available from WIND Mobile) and both the slimmer Ascend P1 S and the Ascend D quad should also launch soon. Hopefully the MediaPad 10 FHD tablet will launch as well. For its part, Huawei has yet to provide availability and pricing details.

Read more: Huawei [via YouTube]