Computex: ASUS Hasn’t Lost Their Wackiness
6/3/2013 by: Denis Jelec
Ahead of the official start of the Computex, some of the manufacturers have taken advantage of the time to hold exclusive press events for their newest product lines. ASUS was no exception, as they announced a pile of new devices – and the most interesting ones are described after the break.
Let’s begin with the Zenbook Infinity, a 13.1-inch Ultrabook successor to the relatively successful Zenbook line of ultraportable computers. ASUS says that the device comes with the latest-gen hardware, and of course it includes a (28W) dual-core Intel Haswell processor with the GT3 graphics (Iris 5100). Display is a gorgeous 2560x1440 IPS LCD, and the device is covered with the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 (back of the screen, palm rest, touchpad…). The company claims this model is 14% thinner than its predecessor, measuring only 15.5mm at the thickest point. Other than that, details are sparse – and the device itself should be available somewhere in the third quarter of the year, at an unknown price point.
Wacky, even bizarre products are not a big unknown to the ASUS. The 18.5” Transformer All-in-One was a kind of a chimera product, having two sets of processors that power the two sets of operating systems – Windows 8 and Android. It could even become a monstrous tablet. Today, ASUS presented its smaller 3in1 family member, the Transformer Book Trio. The device is supposed to be used as a tablet, notebook – and even as a desktop PC. It is powered by two different Intel processors, with the Core i7 Haswell powering the Windows and the Atom powering the Android. This 11.6-inch device is apparently able to swap running operating systems in an instant, and claimed battery life is up to 15 hours (of course, dependent on the mode used). While it is connected to the dock, it has access to the 1TB disk drive, and the tablet alone has 64GB of storage. Further details on this device as well as pricing and availability will emerge somewhere in the Q3 2013.
Last year's Transformer Pad Infinity got refreshed with quite a few of welcome changes. Tegra 4 paired with 2GB of RAM can now be found within this 10.1” (IPS 2560x1600) tablet. ASUS boasted on how the tablet is able to push a 4K video through its HDMI output. Rest of the specifications is relatively standard, with the 5MP and 1.2MP rear and front cameras respectively, a 32GB of storage space (expandable via microSD card). The device is equipped with a USB 3.0 slot, and of course, a characteristic keyboard/dock. This device is also expected sometime during fall. Expected price for the Transformer Pad Infinity is $399 or $499 for the keyboard/dock combination.
ASUS wants to shoot at the Samsung Galaxy Note series as well. Their product of choice for such battle is the FonePad Note, an unusual 6-inch phablet device featuring an excellent IPS+ FullHD screen. It comes with dual speakers on the front and it includes a stylus for device management and user input. ASUS is planning to add more functionality with specialized apps that take advantage of the pen input. On the hardware side of things, Intel’s 1.6GHz Atom Z2560 paired with 2GB of RAM and an 8MP camera can be found inside.
Memo Pad HD7 is a 7-inch tablet, which could best be described as a “camera upgraded” Nexus 7. Aside from the colorful case variants, ASUS stuck a 5MP shooter on the back of the device and called it a day. Hardware-wise, a quad-core A7 processor as well as 7” IPS screen and 8/16GB of (microSD expandable) storage space in colorful models will probably find their way to many homes – as the announced price is incredibly low - $129/$149, depending on the capacity. First shipments are expected sometime in July.
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