Asus announced its Padfone 2 devices will be released next month in Milan and Taipei, and the new conference in Milan and Taipei will be officially held on October 16. By then, Asus will also announce its new notebook computers, tablet PCs, and hybrid smartphone products. Before, there were sources that the Padfone 2 will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM and run Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich system. But other detailed specifications will have to wait until next month.
A couple of companies have started promoting new Android mini PCs featuring dual core Rockchip RK3066 ARM Cortex-A9 processors over the past week. Now South African distributor Reno Botes has received his first shipment from the manufacturer, and he plans to start filling orders tomorrow.
But he’s also taken the time to share a few photos with us, so we can get a better look at what the little computers look like.
The mini PC is the size of a large USB flash drive — if a flash drive had a dual core CPU, 4GB of storage, and 1GB of RAM, as well as a microSD card slot, full and micro-sized USB ports, 802.11n WiFi, and an HDMI connector.
The little computer runs Google Android 4.0 and it’s designed to be plugged directly into the HDMI port on a TV. You can hook up a mouse and/or keyboard to navigate through the Android interface.
There case is pretty much covered with vents, which should help keep the little computer from overheating.
Botes also included a few photos of the retail packaging and images of what the mini PC looks like when you remove its plastic shell if you want to go for that Raspberry Pi-esque look.
Reno Botes isn’t the only one offering this sort of product. This week US retailer Oval Elephant started taking pre-orders for an identical mini PC for $90. It’s expected to start shipping in September.
Meanwhile, a company called Minix plans to launch a similar device called the Minix NEO G4 soon. Like the other two mini PCs, it features a Rockchip RK3066 dual core processor. But the Neo G4 comes with 8GB of storage instead of 4GB. The case design is also a little different.
Earlier this month, Sony Mobile India had published on its Facebook that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update will be making its way onto the Sony Xperia P between the 19-25thof August. As it turns out they might have gotten their dates wrong as Sony has officially announced that the Android 4.0 ICS update has begun rolling out to Xperia P handsets starting from today. The rollout is expected to continue over the next couple of weeks to markets all over the world, so perhaps the 19-2th August timeframe might not be totally off after all and you probably shouldn’t fret if you haven’t received the notification yet. According to Sony, these are some of the features that Xperia P owners can look forward to in the update:
- New ways to experience your media with new media applications – “WALKMAN”, “Album” and “Movies”
- Extended standby mode, increasing standby time by up to four times (depending on user-profile and data consumption)
- Lock screen with improved functionality
- Resizable widgets for improved personalization
- Improved control of your mobile data consumption
- Recent Apps button for a clear overview of your applications
Sony has also stated that the next batch of Xperia phones that will get the update includes the Xperia U, Xperia sola and the Xperia go. No word on when that will be taking place, but if you own either device, check back with us for more updates! In the meantime, Xperia P owners who have received the update, let us know in the comments below on how it is treating you!