Asus – All Hail Hybrid King
With all the E3 madness going around, it is very easy and forgiveable to forget one important event that happened at the same time as well. In Taiwan the Computex is probably the biggest annual technology exhibition. Asus every year always dominates the event with a slew of high-end, unusual, unique and mouth watering products in their booth. This year Asus did not disappoint, and it looks like Asus thinks that the way forward is hybrid devices.
2-in-1 not enough for you? What about two types of tablets, two types of notebooks, and a smartphone-in-1 for you?
The first mind-boggling product that Asus announced is the 3-in-1 (5-in-1 if you might) device. Remember the Asus Transformer Book Duet concept? An Android and Windows tablet and notebook. This is the expansion of that exact product, except that there is an addition; a five-inches smartphone to run the Android part of the device. It is called the Transformer Book V. Why V(five in roman numerals)? The device will have five modes to be selected by the users depending on conditions and need. At Full HD IPS 12.5-inches display the Asus Transformer Book V is powered by Intel’s “next-generation” Core processor, runs with 4GB of RAM, packs in 128GB flash memory and works with a 1TB HDD. Keeping all these juiced up is a 28Wh battery that would keep the hybrid device running for 10 hours. It would run on both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4. The Windows 8.1 works in the notebook mode as well as the tablet mode. For it to run Android, the smartphone has to be docked in with the tablet part of the device. The Android will also run both the notebook and tablet mode. The smartphone alone though can run as a standalone Android unit. It runs on Intel’s first-in-industry 64-bit Moorefield processor with LTE, supported by a 2GB RAM alongside 2550mAh battery. Displaying the beauty and power of the processor is a 5-inches Full HD IPS display. With the phone docked in though users still can run Windows 8.1 and switch to Android at a push of a button.
Asus PadFone X for the international market, the S.
Secondly, Asus previously announced a Asus PadFone X exclusively for the United States market. In Computex Asus looks to bring the Asus PadFone X international by changing the name to Asus PadFone S. So what do we get with the Asus Padfone S? Pretty much the same 5-inches smartphone powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2GB of RAM clocked in at 2.3GHz, 1080p Full HD IPS display, 13MegaPixels shooter on the back, 2MP shooter at the front, 1MP shooter on the tablet, 2300mAh battery on the smartphone, 4990mAh battery on the tablet, and 8.9-inches Full HD display on the tablet. You also need to dock the phone to the tablet for the tablet to work. The difference lies in the device itself where a couple of antennas would be swapped with internationally compatible antennas.
FonePad, now comes in 8-inches too.
Asus decided to update the FonePad in this even too. Previously it launches as a 7-inches only device. If that isn’t already large enough to put on your ears Asus now makes a 8-inches version of the tablet phone. It will boast an Intel Atom processor clocked in at 1.8GHz. Despite the clock speed, Intel says it would be able to compete with the top dogs. The display resolution stays the same whilst getting two speakers up front. There may not be an LTE version of this one though.
MemoPad 7 and 8
The MemoPad also gets some refreshing. As the names suggest the MemoPad comes in 7-inches and 8-inches. Both would be powered by two different 64-bit Intel processors (albeit only slightly different). The 8-inches MemoPad would feature an LTE antenna and is claimed by Asus to be the world’s “lightest 8-inches LTE tablet” sounds interesting. But there are not much details pertaining this device other than that it would come in a slew of funky colours and that the 7-inches version would have a 5MP rear shooter.
Availability and pricing of the devices announced in Computex are not announced yet and therefore unknown. We are expecting to see Asus pushing out devices in a month or two time with the Asus Transformer Book V being the first. Do check back for more news regarding their availability and pricing in Malaysia.