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It's official: Padfone 2 will be announced next month!   
Author Marc Schattorie Thursday 20 September 2012 - 20:44:23 Comments: 2   printer friendly  create pdf of this news item 
Asus made an official statement today about. It will be announced on October 16th at conferences in Taipei and Milan.

The only thing we know at the moment is that the Padfone 2 will most likely be shipped with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). If you look at the picture, you will see the Jelly Bean camera icon in the lower left corner of the display.

According to recently leaked benchmarkts (so this is not official) the Padfone 2 will feature the new Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.

Other information is still not available, but on October 16th we will finally know a lot more!

This may be an official statement, but everyone is still welcome in our Padfone 2 rumours discussion to talk about this.
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Padfone firmware version 9.20.4.21 released   
Author Marc Schattorie Monday 17 September 2012 - 12:12:46 Comments: 3   printer friendly  create pdf of this news item 
Asus has released a new OTA update for all Taiwanese (CHT) Padfones this morning. The version number is 9.20.4.21.
Russian Padfones were already able to update to this firmware version (click more... for their changelog).

A changelog for the Taiwanese version of this firmware and a full package download are still not available.
However, the CHT upgrade package is already available via OTA (Over The Air) update, or as a download here

The only changes that we've noticed are the change of the mediaplayer and the mediaplayer widget.
Wifi issues and the annoying warning seem to be solved.
The vibrate feature has been re-added to quick launcher, and 360 degree rotation works again.

Click here if you would like to join our discussion about this update on our forum.

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Update: Asus shows black back cover for the Padfone   
Author Marc Schattorie Saturday 08 September 2012 - 16:15:09 Comments: 3   printer friendly  create pdf of this news item 


Asus showed a black back cover for the Padfone at the 3C exhibition in Taipei.

It's not very clear what Asus is up to with this, but it seems like future 16GB Padfones will be shipped in this color.
If we know more about this black back cover, we will update you as soon as possible.

Update 13-09-12: According to Asus Taiwan the black Padfone is already on sale at senao.
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Padfone Club: What's Happening Update   
Author Marc Schattorie Saturday 25 August 2012 - 13:39:10 Comments: 4   printer friendly  create pdf of this news item 
A quick update about the Padfone, and our community.

The Singapore (SG) version of the Padfone got a firmware update to the latest version, version 9.20.2.14. The International (WW) version got an update aswell to the same version. It is possible to download the update via OTA to your Padfone, but if you want to download the full package, or an upgrade package, they are available here.

We've also added a DDS List to our website. This list contains apps, and shows if it supports the Padfones Dynamic Display Switching. Every member is free to update apps that are already on the list, or they can add new apps.

We also would like to know what you think about all the Padfone 2 rumours, so if you would like to share your thoughts, join us in this forum topic.

We've also added new Padfone related avatars in the user settings to be used as an avatar in our forums. We will add more avatars in the future.

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Padfone available in Australia today   
Author Marc Schattorie Tuesday 14 August 2012 - 13:51:29 Comments: 2   printer friendly  create pdf of this news item 
A couple weeks ago we brought the news that the Padfone will be available in Australia on August 14, and that's today.

We wrote that the 32GB versin of the Padfone including the Padfone Station was priced at $999,-, but the price has dropped to $978 for exactly the same package. This package does include the Stylus Headset and a sleeve for the Padfone Station.

The Station Dock will be sold separatly, we will update this article if we know the pricing of this accessory.

Source: Our own forum
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Asus rolls out third firmware update for the Padfone   
Author Marc Schattorie Monday 13 August 2012 - 17:14:03 Comments: 2   printer friendly  create pdf of this news item 
Asus has just released a new firmware update for Taiwanese Padfones (CHT). This firmware has version number 9.20.2.14.

A changelog of this firmware is still not available, but one of our users (hoyin007) noticed that the Asus Task killer can lock some apps from the "Kill All" button.
It is now also possible to swipe through the homescreens without a limit (you can swipe to the left on page 5, this action will bring you back to page 1).

I don't have any experience with this update yet, the update is running for about an hour on my Padfone now. I will update this article with more info when I have the firmware running on my own Padfone.

If you would like to discuss about this firmware update at our forum (and to see what happened to my own Padfone), click heré.
The full package and the upgrade package are available as a download here.

Update; My Padfone was successfully updated, but be carefull to not run this update while the Padfone is inside the Padfone Station!

I noticed that the Pull down/Pop up menu changed, some buttons switched places, and the option to turn off mobile data and a Power savings toggle were added to this bar.
The power saving settings are accessable via the Padfones settings menu.
The camera firmware was also updated again to verison f09968.
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Padfone will probably not be released in Benelux   
Author Marc Schattorie Tuesday 07 August 2012 - 13:25:40 Comments: 4   printer friendly  create pdf of this news item 
At the beginning of this year it seemed that the Asus Padfone would be released in quarter 3 of this year. But now it seems like the Padfone won't be released in The Benelux afterall.

Provider Vodafone is very clear, they say that they will not sell the Padfone. Provider T-Mobile responds with: "We don't plan to sell it". A third provider, KPN, didn't respond to the questions about the Padfone, but insiders tell that they probably won't sell it.

Asus is still unclear about it. But without the support of the large providers in The Benelux it's not likely that the Padfone will be released here.

Source: Tweakers.net
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Padfone firmware update available as download   
Author Marc Schattorie Monday 23 July 2012 - 12:14:46 Comments: 26   printer friendly  create pdf of this news item 
The latest firmware update which was released directly to our Padfones last friday is available as a download on the Asus website.

The CHT version of the update has a size of 501,69MB, and brought the following changes to the Padfone.

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Padfone soon to be released in Australia   
Author Marc Schattorie Saturday 21 July 2012 - 15:24:00 Comments: 1   printer friendly  create pdf of this news item 
The Padfone is still not available in most parts of the world. But today we can bring the good news to Australian people.

The Padfone will be released in Australia on August 14 for a price of $999,-. According to our source the package will feature the 32GB version of the Padfone and Padfone Station. According to Asus the package will also include the Stylus Headset and official tablet sleeve.

The Station Dock will be sold separatly, pricing and other details for this accessory are not known yet.

Source: Our own forum
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Padfone gets update to Android 4.0.4   
Author Marc Schattorie Friday 20 July 2012 - 15:45:49 Comments: 5   printer friendly  create pdf of this news item 
The Padfone got a new firmware update from Android 4.0.3 to Android 4.0.4 today. A changelog is still not available, so we can only report some findings about this update.

A lot of people are waiting for this update, and are hoping that it will solve the unstable WiFi issues. But according to one of our team-members, his WiFi is still unstable.

The camera version is updated in this firmware update, from verison f09951 to f09967. This is noticable, because the camera launches much faster now.

Also a new feature has been introduced in the Asus Customized settings. It is now possible to wake the tablet by pressing any key on the Station Dock.

Also a feature to tether the phone via USB is added.

The last new features that we noticed were a reboot option in the shutdown menu, and the input settings seem to have had some minor changes to them.

The Padfone Station and Station Dock didn't get any firmware updates.
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