DigiTimes: Intel smartphone from Asus in June

DigiTimes: Intel smartphone from Asus in JuneWe decided a few months back to shove ‘DigiTimes’ in the headline whenever citing said publication, due to their, uhm, hit-and-miss nature. Yeah, that's a reasonably nice way of putting it.

We can’t see much reason to doubt this particular rumour however, which suggests Asus will release an Intel-powered smartphone in June.

No prizes for guessing that good old DigiTimes gives credit to “sources from the upstream supply chain”. Love it.

In addition to the £179 Asus FonePad, launched at MWC 2013 last month, Asus is tipped to introduce a smartphone with an Intel Atom Z2580 processor.

The display is said to be in the 5-5.5in arena, recalling the Atom-fuelled Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 that launched at CES in January. Incidentally, sources say the K900 will be released in China next month.

It's not clear if the Asus Intel smartphone will have any zany features. The Taiwanese manufacturer has a rep for churning out insane-o hybrid devices, like the Asus PadFone Infinity.

Finally, we’re told to brace for a second gen Google Nexus 7 (again, built by Asus), with a price tag of $249. It’s “expected to appear in May”, which presumably means Google's annual I/O event.

Speaking of I/O, the star of the show might possibly maybe be the much-rumoured Motorola X-Phone.

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 18:14

Believe it or not, I had one of those

http://image.ffmobile.com/product/photo/41/114/10056559.1ea6df5fe8f6a173c621fe97e031bde3.jpg
...before most people knew Asus made phones... It weight a ton, but was actually not a bad 'little' worker.
Nowadays Asus are totally off my radar. The Padfone is just too expensive... and ironically, the Padfone is a copy of Celio's Redfly WinMo companion...

http://cache.gizmodo.com/assets/images/4/2008/01/medium_Celio%20REDFLY%20Mobile%20Companion%20and%20phone.jpg

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 19:34

the Padfone is a copy of Celio's Redfly WinMo companion...

Just what everyone was thinking.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 20:07

the Padfone is a copy of Celio's Redfly WinMo companion...

Just what everyone was thinking.

hahaha... well, the principle is the same. The redfly was a shell. Connect a winmo device, and it's, ooooh, a cr*ppy laptop :p

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 20:08

Anyway mmm that lenovo was nice.

SpeedyG  Mar. 18, 2013 at 20:20

Is it me or are the traditional computer manufacturers taking mobiles much more seriously than before?

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 20:27

Sort of but still seem to think they have to go quirky rather than direct out and out competitive.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 20:29

Is it me or are the traditional computer manufacturers taking mobiles much more seriously than before?

They have to.... Ultrabooks were THE flop-story of 2011/12, and Asus were big in Ultrabooks.
But: they have a long tradition with WinMo - mostly in Asia. But that P550 I showed above was on sale through Vodafone all over Europe...

Acer bought ETen long before the iPhone started all the hype. They anticipated a smartphone boom before many others smelled the coffee... Unfortunately, they yet have to
grind the right beans.

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