According to Android Authority, a representative from Asus has unofficially confirmed the imminent launch of an official Google tablet. There are still few facts known about the much rumored slate, but if Android Authority's source is correct, we are likely to see it debuted at Google I/O which begins June 27. Additionally, this jibes with Eric Schmidt's original six month time frame for a tablet that he claimed will rival Apple and all others.
We learned Asus partnered with Google last month. Although little else is known, rumors suggest the tablet -- possibly branded as the Nexus 7 -- will feature a 7-inch 720p display, a speedy 1.3GHz Tegra 3 processor with an ultra-low power GeForce GPU and an attractive sub-$250 price tag.
The upcoming tablet is also expected to run Android 4.1, code named "Jelly Bean". As of now, the latest stable build of Android available is 4.0.4, otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Being a Nexus tablet, users can probably expect to have a "pure" Android experience with the Nexus 7.
During talks with the insider, Android Authority also learned that Asus is working toward getting its tablet-smartphone hybrid, the Padphone, in the hands of U.S. cellular customers. It has been and continues to be a slow process though, according to the source. AT&T appears to be the only company willing to give it a shot.
The Asus Padphone is a fascinating if unusual product. The "tablet" part is essentially a full-featured dock which contains its own screen, battery and ports. When a user inserts their phone into a modular bay in the back of the device, the tablet-like dock comes alive as a full-fledged tablet.
Undoubtedly the Voltron of tablets, the convergence of pad and phone also provides the added bonus of charging your smartphone battery and utilizes its data connection for web access.
The Apple iPad (3rd-gen) includes a Retina Display operating at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. Powering the new iPad is a dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, it also gets upgraded optics in the form of a 5MP backside illuminated sensor that features a 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the A5X chip. Apple claims The new iPad is good for 10 hours of battery life and nine hours when using 4G LTE.
The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 has a 10.1-inch LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) ISP screen with scratch-resistant glass, a 178° viewing angle, and 10-finger multitouch support. Wireless connectivity includes email@example.comGHz and Bluetooth 3.0+EDR. The TF300 uses a 22Wh Li-polymer battery that is said to provide 10 hours of operating time. It also carries various sensors including a G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, and GPS.
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