Android fans are starting the week with a nice surprise -- a slew of shiny new device announcements from some big-name manufacturers.
The news is all flowing out of Computex, a tech trade show taking place in Taiwan this week. And it's all potentially exciting, except for one troubling element almost every bit of it has in common.
See if you can spot what it is:
• Asus announced a new upgraded version of its Transformer Pad Infinity tablet. The upgrade brings the device's display in line with the Nexus 10's 2560 x 1600 resolution; it also adds an updated CPU and extra gig of RAM. No word yet on pricing or availability.
• Asus showed off a plus-sized smartphone called the Fonepad Note (yes, that's really the name). The device has a 6-in. 1920 x 1080 display along with -- you guessed it -- an integrated stylus. Asus hasn't yet said where or when the device will launch or how much it'll cost.
• Asus introduced a hybrid laptop/tablet device called the Transformer Book Trio. The Trio runs both Windows 8 and Android, using an unusual dual-CPU setup to power the two operating systems. Thus far, we have no details on the device's price range or launch date.
• Samsung debuted yet another variation of its Galaxy Android product: the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, an 8-in. tablet that looks like, well, a Samsung Galaxy device. The Tab 3 8.0 has a 1280 x 800 display and a midrange 1.5GHz dual-core CPU with 1.5GB of RAM. Samsung has said that the tablet will be "available globally" beginning in June, but regional availability may vary and pricing details have yet to be divulged.
• Samsung also introduced a refreshed version of its larger tablet: the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. Size aside, the new 10-in. device is fairly comparable to its smaller sibling, with a 1280 x 800 display powered by a midrange 1.6GHz dual-core CPU and a gig of RAM. No word yet on pricing or availability.
• Acer showed off a snazzy-looking smartphone called the Liquid S1. Packing a 5.7-in. 720p screen and near-stock UI, the phone is expected to arrive in Asia and Europe sometime in the third quarter; pricing information has yet to be provided.
Okay -- any guesses? If you said the products all lack the combination of specific pricing and launch details, DING DING DING! You are correct! Congratulations; you've won a wonderful prize. I don't yet know what it is or when it'll be available.
(There has been one exception so far this morning: a lower-end 7-in. Asus tablet called the Memo Pad HD 7. The tablet is slated to go in sale for $149 in the U.S. starting in July. A 10-in. version of the tablet, meanwhile, has no price or launch date attached.)
All joking aside, this trend of announcing products with great fanfare but no basic details is getting old. There's only so much you can say about a smartphone or tablet without knowing its price or when it'll go on sale (those are kind of important factors, ya know).
So thanks for the sneak peeks, guys; they've been a fun diversion. Call us back when you're ready to share the stuff that actually matters.