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Asus: Original Transformer Android 4.0 Update Now Coming in March

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ASUS Transformer

It looks like Asus may have over promised when it said Ice Cream Sandwich would be hitting the original Transformer in early February. In fact, owners may have to wait as long as March, as Asus made a statement on its Singapore Facebook page saying the Android update is being pushed back, although no reasons were given. The Transformer Prime previously received Android 4.0 treatment, although TechnoBuffalo saw mixed results.

Here’s the statement in full from Asus:

Dear fellow Asus members, we would like to say that we appreciate all the support we see in our Asus Facebook page every day. It makes our contributions worthwhile and fulfilling.

We are informed that the ICS upgrade for TF101 will be ready within the Feb/March 2012 period. You will be able to receive the upgrade notification via FOTA once we have a confirmation date.

We thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter

It’s frustrating news for Transformer owners patiently waiting to experience Ice Cream Sandwich, but if a delay is what it takes to get a compatible, bug-free port, then an extra few weeks wait won’t sting too much. Hopefully this time Asus will hit its predicted timeframe, though.

[via Android Police]

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Chinon Unveils Bargain Tablets

Chinon Unveils Bargain Tablets

The Chinon Swift-7 costs just $160, while the Swift-10 costs $280.

By Jeff Bertolucci  Feb 14, 2012 7:15 am

Chinon USA Monday announced two low-cost Android tablets targeted at cost-conscious buyers. The 7-inch Chinon Swift-7 costs $160, while the 9.7-inch Chinon Swift-10 is $280.

Both tablets run Android 2.3–a disappointing choice what with new Android slates like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.0 featuring version 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich.

The smaller Swift-7 is aggressively priced. In fact, it’s $40 less than Amazon’s popular Kindle Fire.

How do they compare? Both tablets have 7-inch screens, but the Kindle Fire’s 1024 x 600 resolution is higher than the Swift-7’s 800 x 600.

Unlike the Fire–but like Apple’s iPad–both Chinon displays (7- and 9.7-inch) have a 4:3 aspect ratio.

Expandable Storage

The Kindle Fire has more storage, too: 8GB (with 6GB available for user content) versus the Swift’-7’s 4GB. That’s enough room, Chinon says, for about 2,000 songs, 40,000 photos, or four full-length movies.

You can add storage to the Swift-7 or Swift-10 via a Micro SD memory card slot. Battery life for both Swift tablets is approximately five hours.

Like the Kindle Fire, the Swift-7 supports 802.11n Wi-Fi. Unlike the Fire, the Swift-7 has a front-facing camera with a not-so-great 640 x 480 resolution. (Given the tablet’s $160 price, it might be too greedy to expect anything better.)

The Swift-10 has two cameras–front and rear–each 2 megapixels. Like the iPad 2, its 9.7-inch IPS display has a 1024 x 768 resolution.

Chinon USA is clearly aiming for the bargain end of the burgeoning tablet market. The Swift specs suggest a so-so slate experience–which may be good enough for users who simply want to check email, watch the occasional YouTube video, and, yes, play Angry Birds.

Then again, the Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook may very well offer a better user experience for a mere $40 more.

In the 10-inch market, the Swift-10 faces stiff competition from a host of Android challengers, many of which are priced only slightly higher. For instance, the Wi-Fi version of the aforementioned Galaxy Tab 2, which runs Android 4.0, will cost around $350 when it ships in March.

And don’t forget about the iPad 2, which Apple may continue to sell at a reduced price, once the iPad 3 (allegedly) arrives next month.