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  • p1esk - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - link

    Yeah, let's make a screen a little bigger, and significantly drop resolution. That makes perfect sense. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - link

    It just has to be cheap enough. Reply
  • p1esk - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - link

    Well, people generally expect to pay more for bigger phones/tablets. Reply
  • shaolin95 - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - link

    So those sizes, quality of the screen matter more than more pixels..give me a break. Reply
  • hrrmph - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Man, how disappointing... there still isn't anyone making a 7" or 8" high-end phablet with 1080P and Micro-SDXC for playing back 1080P videos that you shot on your smartphone.

    It looks like the Sony Xperia Z Ultra at 6.4" is as close as we're going to get for now. But, the ZU doesn't have a tool-less removable back cover and battery, hence it is inferior to the state-of-the-art. That is unless you believe Sony's claims that the ZU is waterproof and thus worth the trade-off of not having removables.

    Samsung presumably has all of the neccessary technologies available to them, except the water proof stuff, but they went cheap on the Note 8.0 with a low-rez screen, among other things that aren't up to flagship class.

    And now Asus tries to slide "yester-decade's" Micro-SDHC slots (instead of Micro-SDXC slots) and low-rez display panels (instead of 1080P panels) past our discerning noses. No sale.

    So still waiting... <sigh>
  • fokka - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    afaik just because they call it "sdhc" doesn't mean a 64gb sdxc doesn't work. my nexus one worked fine with said card from sandisk, though it should only support up to 32gb sdhc. Reply
  • dananski - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - link

    Heh, both these phones beat my Asus netbook hands down. I love the way tech progresses.

    I bought a supersize smartphone late last year and was mocked for it for about a week or so, then I started seeing more and more people with them. Now everyone seems to have a Note II or a Galaxy S4 or something that sort of size. I think that's the way the market's going. Good on Asus to put even larger options out there.
  • Impulses - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Frankly, I see the market going in twenty different directions... There's just as many people opting for smaller phones (iPhone, Moto X, One Mini, etc; clearly there's a market for them). Even in the tablet space there's a lot of people opting for 7-8" models over 10" models. I went from a 10" tablet to a 7" Nexus, I'm currently rocking a 4.6" HTC EVO LTE but I really liked the in hand feel of the slightly more compact Moto X (and I'm 5'10" and have fairly long fingers). This notion that there's an ideal size for any mobile device is just bogus... It's like saying everyone should drive an SUV. Reply
  • Kill16by9TN - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    "GSM/EDGE 850, 900, 1900, 2100MHz (Europe & US)"
    Are you sure about thaat? For all I know, Europe uses 1800 and NOT 2100MHz for GSM/EDGE.
    2100MHz is THE European standard for UMTS, next to the less important 900MHz.
  • Krysto - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I can bet you at least half of Asus' potential sales in the mobile market are due to these horrible and confusing names.

    Also, they're running Atom for no good reason, so that sucks, too. At least I have no interest in buying a mobile device with Atom.
  • t.s - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    2GB too for 7E, please. It just bump the price a little. Reply
  • Valis - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    Intel Atom Z2580 Clover Trail SoC? O.o *YAWN* Wake me up when they make something with z3000-something and Windows OS. Reply
  • Davidjan - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - link

    Cool! hase MicroSD slot to add storage. So also can use this tiny reader to reader outer MicroSD card: Reply

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