Asus took center stage today on Monday June 3 at the Computex Technology Show in Taiwan during the “International Press Conference and New Product Previews” to present their new range of Asus tablets.
Asus unveiled a range of four new tablet computers today, including a very exciting new dual-OS Android + Windows convertible/hybrid tablet, creating a machine with a lot of opportunities. Here’s the breakdown:
Asus Transformer Book Trio
Transformer Book Trio is the most unique of the new tablets thanks to the dual operating systems it features. With the press of a button, you can opt between running this tablet as either a Android 4.2 device or a Windows 8 device. On top of that, this is also designed as a convertible/hybrid tablet, with all extra benefits this entails.
The other specs are just as good. To begin with it has a 16:9 aspect ratio 11.6-inch IPS display with a 1920×1080 resolution. The dock/keyboard/PC Station has a 4th generation Intel Core i5/i7-4500U processor and a 750 GB hard drive. The reason why it’s called a “PC Station” is because this part of the device can function as a stand alone computer that can be connected to an external display when the tablet/display is detached, essentially giving you two computers.
The tablet itself has its own 2.0 GHz Intel Atom Z2580 processor with up to 64GB of storage. Release date of Transformer Book Trio is for the time being set to Q3 of 2013, with a more precise date to be announced by Asus later on.
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF701
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Being the first Android 4.2 tablet to feature the new NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor at a whopping 1.9GHz, in addition to sporting a 72-core GeForce graphics processor, the Transformer Pad Infinity is a fast new hybrid tablet that drives off the information super highway and onto the free-speed German autobahn instead, leaving its current competition in dust in the rear view mirror.
The 10.1-inch backlit LED display have an outstanding iPad-beating 2560×1600 resolution in addition to 10-point multi-touch and IPS technology with a 178-degree viewing angle. For sound, Asus have gone with their own SonicMaster-enhanced audio system.
Even the keyboard dock have a multi-touch touchpad, in addition to USB 3.0, an SDXC card reader, and of course extra battery power.
See full feature article on Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF701 upon release.
Asus MeMO Pad HD 7
MeMO Pad HD 7 is a cheaper Nexus 7 alternative. To be released on August 11, this Android 4.2 tablet will start at only $129 with 8GB of memory, or $149 with 16GB (both have microSD support). For that money you get a 7-inch IPS display with a 1280×800 resolution and 170-degree viewing angles, a quad-core MTK 8125 1.2GHz Cortex A7 ARM processor, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2 MP front camera and a 5 MP rear camera, and Asus SonicMaster stereo sound technology.
It is 10.8mm thick and only weighs 302 gram, making it the lightest tablet on the market at the time of the writing! It has a 10 hour battery life, and is available with a range of four color choices; black, white, pink or green. With a price like that, this has got to be the best budget tablet of the year!
Included with both this tablet and the one below, is the Asus protective TransCover with microfiber interior to keep it safe from scratches. This cover also doubles as a flexible stand.
Asus MeMO Pad FHD 10
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And then finally, Asus also showed us the new 10.1-inch MeMO Pad FHD 10.
As the name implies, this is a Full HD 1920×1200 resolution tablet, with IPS display and 178-degree wide viewing angles.
This Android 4.2 tablet is powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor, have the same 1.2 MP front camera and a 5 MP rear camera as its smaller sibling above, features Asus SonicMaster audio technology, have GPS and GLONASS sensors, and have a battery life of up to 10 hours.
It is only 9.5mm thick and weighs in at 580 gram. The memory configurations are either 16GB or 32GB + microSD card support. The back of the tablet have a “micro-weave finish” for increased grip, and the color options for the back are blue, white, or pink. Release date for Asus MeMO Pad FHD 10 is set to September 2013, with the price to be announced later.
Asus later announced three additional tablets during a conference call to investors in August.
These were the Android tablets Asus MeMO Pad HD 8, Asus Transformer Pad FHD, and Asus Transformer Pad HD, all expected to see the light of day late in 2013.
Later on, an additional Asus tablet by the name Asus Eee Pad Taurus was spotted in a benchmark test.
- Jim Miller