Google has filed a patent which could spell the end of connected device choices. The patent details a smartphone fitting onto a notebook computer, much as we see with the Asus Padfone. Rather than use all or most of the phone’s hardware to power a computer, this one is meant for another purpose.
Tomorrow will bring the official unveiling of the Moto X, which has been one of the most talked-about unreleased phones for the past couple of months. However, while we're still a day away from the revealing, that doesn't mean leaks will magically stop. In fact, the most-recent leak reveals that that Moto X will support nano-SIM.
ASUS has enjoyed a variety of successes with its Android tablets, perhaps most notable among them being the Transformer series and the Nexus 7. Despite this, it has little presence in the US's smartphone market, something the maker aims to change in the coming months. Speaking to the folks over at All Things D, ASUS's chairman said the company is looking at entering the stateside smartphone market in 2014.
This week the folks at Samsung have suggested - without saying so to the public - that they're not about to let ASUS leave them in the dust with a phone that docks into a tablet. While Samsung's device isn't exactly the same as the ASUS Padfone, the trademark we're seeing here doesn't put it all that far off from the mark. This filing number D685,774 suggests Samsungs machine wouldn't bring on a traditional form for the tablet dock or smartphone itself, on the other hand.
This afternoon a device has leaked from the halls of Acer with an 8-inch display and a keyboard dock attached along its longest side. This device is an 8-inch display-toting tablet that's being reported to be carrying Windows 8 Pro 32-bit and an Intel Atom Z2760 processor under its hood. This tablet appears by all means to be detachable from its keyboard base and may be revealed along with the Star Trek-promoted transformable notebook we saw this morning at the start of next month.
As expected a few days ago, ASUS has opened up pre-orders for its new Fonepad phone/tablet hybrid in the UK, with availability starting on April 26. You can reserve your own unit right now from Carphone Warehouse, Amazon, or Sainsbury’s for just £179. Of course, this device isn't to be confused with ASUS's PadFone tablet line.
Back in February, ASUS revealed the FonePad, a 7-inch tablet with smartphone functionality and a design similar to the Nexus 7 (which ASUS makes). If you've dreamt of the day you could merge your smartphone and tablet into a single too-big-for-the-hip-pocket device and you're located in the UK, you'll be able to grab this device on April 26 for £179.99.
If this year's Mobile World Congress taught us one thing, it's that no matter how interesting and innovative the gadget makers and software developers of our global community are, it's the top brands that end up making or breaking the show. Make or break the show for the press, that is. Case in point: our several articles written from our chat with Google's Mathias Duarte - they ended up easily becoming some of the most popular posts we had this week, and Google didn't reveal any new products at the convention. In fact, they didn't have a stand - the chat we had wasn't even on the map. And yet, there it is - Google stole the show anyway.
Mobile World Congress 2013 scrambles to a close, a week of new phones and tablets, a shiny new venue, and more questions as to whether the days of the big trade show are numbered. It's been a show where the divisions between the mobile upstarts and the current key players have been sharply defined, with ZTE, Huawei, and Nokia all pushing to corner the market, while Samsung and HTC were notable by their relative absence of announcements, favoring their own, standalone events. Nevertheless, there's plenty to wrap up, and seldom has a headline been so accurate in so many ways.