Over the last five months, Google has outed two Android "Jelly Bean" tablets: the 7-inch Tegra 3-powered Nexus 7, and the 10-inch Exynos 5-powered Nexus 10. What we have yet to see thus far are additional accessories from Google outside an additional charger, and the three colorful covers for the Nexus 7. Even the Asus Dock has yet to appear in the States despite teasing customers with brief appearances overseas.
That may be about to change. Android Police has apprehended new information about the Asus dock, reporting that the accessory has been spotted on B&H Photo & Video as a pre-order item for $39.99. The product is expected to become available on December 30, and will merely feature a microUSB port and a 3.5-mm audio jack.
When held vertically, the tablet's four POGO pins are located on the bottom left whereas the microUSB port for charging resides at the very bottom edge of the tablet. Two pins are supposedly dedicated for audio whereas the other two are dedicated to charging and ground. Thus, when the tablet is seated horizontally in the dock, as seen above, audio is pumped through the pins and the tablet is recharged without having a USB cable poking out the right side.
However, for those hoping that Asus or Google would produce a dock to make up for a lack of HDMI output on the Nexus 7, that's not going to happen. What you'll get is a charging dock angled perfectly for hands-free movie and photo viewing, browsing, email checking and social lurking. If anything, you can pair a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, and have a pretend 7-inch Android-based AIO device.
To reserve your Asus dock, remember to check back here before the New Year arrives.
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I wish it did more.Reply
No one in the US owns this tablet, so what's the point of releasing it there?Reply
why not go all asus transformer on it and add keyboard, extra battery and possibly a sd memory slot or usb port (i know google does not like you having external momry so yea the last part wouldn't happen on a nexus device.. but the battery and keyboard!)Reply
getrealNo one in the US owns this tablet, so what's the point of releasing it there?called playstore son... $#!7 just got realReply
Jim_L9I wish it did more.I was hoping for something more useful too... like type-A USB ports for keyboard/mouse.Reply
Well, since the pogo pins are only for power and audio, we can forget about those and SDHC in official accessories.
I'd hardly call it a dock. It's a glorified stand.Reply
How long does it take make/design a simple dock like that, it should have been available earlier for the nexus 7Reply
g00fysmileywhy not go all asus transformer on it and add keyboard, extra battery and possibly a sd memory slot or usb port (i know google does not like you having external momry so yea the last part wouldn't happen on a nexus device.. but the battery and keyboard!)Reply
When i heard they finally made a dock this is what i thought they meant. I thought they made at least a keyboard dock, battery would have been nice but a cheaper keyboard option I think would be better to keep it affordable.
For all the issues people have with Apple they don't release supporting hardware 6 months after the initial launch! To hell with the stupid half assed dock, they need to fix Jelly Bean....Reply
All you guys who don't have Jelly Bean, count yourselves lucky! I'm dealing with broken Bluetooth, a now weak speaker, battery life issues, auto brightness issues that make the tablet a pain when it's low light or when you want to stream music bluetooth because the internal speaker has lost half it's power with 4.2.2??
I sent the tablet back to Google for a replacement and the new one has all the same issues... Sigh
Sent from my Nexus 7