Tuesday 16 October 2012

16/10/2012: Microsoft announces price for Surface tablets, Padfone 2 announced, Apple iPad Mini event and more!

Microsoft announces prices for Surface tablets!

    Microsoft has revealed the prices for their upcoming Surface tablets that will be running Windows RT. The company has also offered up the prices for its Touch Cover read on past the jump for the full low down! Ohh, the video above is the company's new advert for the tablets, it's quite cool!

   The tablets themselves, which will probably be the main attraction are priced at $499 for the 32GB without a cover, otherwise it'll be $599 with the Touch Cover and $699 for 64GB one with a Touch Cover.

   Thankfully Microsoft has appreciated that some people might just want the tablet on it's own initially. If you do decide you want the touch cover later, well they're $119.99 each, and the Type Cover will set you back $129.99. The Touch Cover will initially be available in white, red, black, blue, and purple, the Type Cover on the other hand was only available in black.

   To quote The Verge directly the pricing for the rest of the world looks like this:
  • United Kingdom - £399 for 32GB no cover, £479 with Touch Cover, £559 for 64GB with a Touch Cover
  • Germany - €479 for 32GB no cover, €579 with Touch Cover, €679 for 64GB with a Touch Cover
  • France - €489 for 32GB no cover, €589 with Touch Cover, €694 for 64GB with a Touch Cover
  • Canada - $519 for 32GB no cover, $619 with Touch Cover, $719 for 64GB with a Touch Cover
  • Australia - $559 for 32GB no cover, $679 with Touch Cover, $789 for 64GB with a Touch Cover

Via The Verge.

Asus make the Padfone 2 official.

   Asus has officially introduced the new, slimmed down and generally sexier Padfone 2. This time the specs have had a noticeable bump from last years relatively average offering; the phone now features a quad-core Snapdragon S4 clocked at 1.5Ghz and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

   Thankfully Asus decided to work on the phone's screen and now it'll be offering up a 4.7-inch Super IPS Plus display that has a 720p resolution! On top of that there's 2GBs of RAM and a very good 13-megapixel rear and 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera configuration. Hopefully the 2140mAh built-in battery will be more than enough to get you through the day and to top off the package there's NFC, LTE, and all the usual array of connectivity options.

   The tablet dock part of the Padfone has had a big refresh this year; it's much thinner, it shed a few pounds (literally) and it lost the phone cover for when it's docked into the tablet. But, we now have a 10.1-inch IPS display which runs at a resolution of 1280 x 800 and the battery is a 5,000mAh battery to power that display!

   For those of you interested then there will be 16, 32 and 64GB configurations and it will be available in the parts of Europe (Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden) and Asia (Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, U.A.E) in December. Unfortunately Asus only said that extra availability will be announced at a later date!

   Ohhh and for those of you slightly worried by how the phone docks, the video below should put your mind at rest.

In other news:

  • Apple has announced a press conference for October 23rd!!! iPad Mini?!?! The company is also rumoured to be releasing a Mac Mini on the same day!
  • The autumn update for Microsoft's Xbox 360 consoles is ready and is rolling out!
  • MetroPCS shareholders have filed a lawsuit to try block the T-Mobile merger.
  • Google is currently rolling out the 4.1.2 update to their GSM Galaxy Nexi! Check your settings if you haven't got the update already!
  • Call of Duty Elite for Black Ops II will be completely free assuming you've bought the game!

And finally, Microsoft may well be working on a Surface phone. There are some developer logs from the 13th of this month which show a device with previously unseen firmware located in Studio H in MS' Redmond campus, as you can see from the image below. That building is also famous for Windows Phone's Design Team's home. What do you think? Good idea or should Microsoft stick to software? 

Studio H where the Juggernaut Alpha lies


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