Asus caught the spotlight today as they always do at the COMPUTEX technology trade show in Taiwan, and they didn’t disappoint this year either. With a range of new tablets, including another attempt at dual OS tablets
Asus Transformer Book V
Asus CEO Jerry Shen calls this the “world’s first 5-in-1 computer device,” hence the roman numeral V for 5.
This is a 12.5-inch dual OS Android 4.4 + Windows 8.1 detachable ultrabook, with a 5-inch smartphone plugged into the back.
Powered by a Intel Core processor, the tablet dock has up to 1TB of storage (128GB in the tablet), while the phone is an LTE phone with an Intel Atom processor.
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
This Windows 8.1 detachable notebook / tablet too have the new 12.5-inch form factor, along with Intel Core processor, a 2560 x 1440 resolution display, and a thickness of only 7.3 mm. It will come with 4G LTE support.
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME176C)
We wrote about the new 7-inch Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME176C) yesterday after it had become available for pre-order already ahead of today’s official announcement. A 64-bit Intel Bay Trail powered Android 4.4 tablet at only $149, makes this the most powerful 7-inch budget tablet to date. It releases in the US on June 22.
Asus MeMO Pad 8 (ME581CL)
If you are thinking about an 8-inch Android tablet, think about this one. Equipped with a 64-bit 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor, 1920×1200 resolution, 802.11 ac Wi-Fi support, 4G LTE, a weight of 299 gram, and a thickness of 7.45mm, this Android 4.4 tablet features Asus ZenUI with additional features bundled in. The Asus MeMO Pad 8 (ME581CL) was first launched in Japan early in May.
Asus Fonepad 8 (FE380CG)
This is the first 8-inch Fonepad from Asus, and features specs like a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom processor Z3560, a 1280 x 800 resolution IPS display, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, Android 4.4, but most importantly – built in 3G cellular connectivity. It has a 10 hour battery life, and weighs 328 gram. Launched in November 2014.
Asus Fonepad 7 (FE375CG)
A new tablet phone from Asus, sporting a 1.8GHz quad-core 64-bit Intel Atom Z3560 processor, 3G cellular connectivity with dual SIM card slots, while the 7-inch screen have a 1280 x 800 resolution IPS display. Other specs are a 2MP front camera and 5MP rear camera.
Asus Transformer Pad (TF303CL)
We have covered the Asus TF103 since April, so the announcement just confirmed the 64-bit Intel Atom Z3745 processor, the 257.4 x 178.4 x 9.9mm dimensions as well as all the other specs. Which for this 10.1-inch Android tablet with keyboard dock includes an Full HD 1920 x 1200 IPS, loud stereo speakers with SonicMaster plus MaxxAudio software, LTE Cat 4 connectivity, a HDMI port, and Miracast support. It will release in July.
Asus Transformer Pad (TF103C)
This is a cheaper verison of the TF303, which means the same 64-bit Intel Atom Z3745 processor and dimensions, but a lower resolution 1280 x 800 display. This is a Wi-Fi model with 802.11a/b/g/n support, in addition to GPS and GLONASS. Asus Transformer Pad TF103C is taking orders from June 4, with a price of $299, before the release date on June 22.
Learn more about Asus Transformer Pad (TF103C).
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME170C)
A new entry level 7-inch Android tablet is making a return from Asus, with specs that are somewhat similar to the first 7-inch Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME172). But even if it has a low 1024 x 600 resolution, at least it has a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2520 processor, 1GB of RAM, and Android 4.4. Another new is the extremly low storage option of just 4GB on the entry level tablet! Other ROM storage options are 8GB and 16GB though, and you still get 5GB of free Asus cloud storage. It also has a 0.3MP front camera and a 2MP front camera.
In addition to these tablet announcements during Computex, there are more action in store for Asus tablets in 2014:
1. The very popular Windows 8.1 detachable tablet Asus Transformer Book T100 is updated with the newest Intel Atom Z3775 processor in July. A 4G LTE Asus Transformer Book T100 version of the same detachable tablet will be released in the fall. A Asus Transformer Book T100TAM in brushed aluminum will be released in the fall too.
2. Asus VivoTab Note 8 (M80TA) with integrated Wacom digitizer is radically cut in price from a lunch price of $329 to $199, also in July.
3. Asus will continue to launch PadFone’s, with the latest one being the Asus PadFone S, which launch during fall.
4. Asus have also confirmed that the Asus Transformer Book T200 will be launched between August and September.
5. A new 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet Asus VivoTab 8 (ME81C) is released November 1.
– Tom Bowen