Roundup: Asus devices at Computex 2013 – what you need to know
Now that the official Asus press conference for Computex 2013 has come and gone, it’s time to check out the highlights. This of course means looking at the latest batch of Android-powered products that will soon hit the market courtesy of Taiwan-based Asus itself.
Asus kicked off its Computex press conference by introducing the Transformer Pad Infinity. It’s a refresh of the original Pad Infinity which was launched some time last year, and it claims the title for the world’s first tablet rocking the NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC.
As a refresh of an old model, the new Transformer Pad Infinity offers improved features such as a built-in 2560×1600 IPS touchscreen display, support for 2GB of RAM and up to 32GB internal storage, plus the ability to output 4K signal through its built-in HDMI port. It even has dual cameras — a 5-megapixel camera sits at the back, while a 1.2-megapixel camera remains up front.
The new Transformer Pad Infinity is also more than just a tablet since it can be used with an external keyboard dock. This effectively transforms it into a long-lasting notebook that runs on the latest version of the Android operating system. An Asus spokesperson says it will be released some time in the fall of this year with a sub-$400 price tag ($500 with the bundled keyboard).
Among a swath of new tablets, Asus also announced the 6-inch FonePad Note, which as its name suggests is the latest entrant in the market of oversized smartphones a.k.a. phablets (spawned by the legendary Samsung Galaxy Note).
The FonePad Note is powered by an Intel Atom Z2560 processor that runs at a clock speed of 1.6GHz. Its other highlight features include 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, built-in front-facing stereo speakers, and support for a bundled stylus.
Of course, we can’t talk about this kind of mobile device without mentioning the kind of screen that it uses. It comes with a 6-inch Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) Super IPS+ touchscreen display. That should be enough to give quote-unquote phablets from other companies a run for their money.
Next, there’s the MeMo Pad HD 7, a new Asus-branded answer to the famously affordable Google Nexus 7. It won’t blow you away with incredible high-end specs but it will still catch your attention with something else: its affordable retail price.
The Asus MeMo Pad HD 7 comes with a 7-inch display that features a native resolution of 1280×800 pixels, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.2-megapixel front camera, Sonic Master audio tech, and is pre-loaded with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
It will be available with either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage space for $129 and $149, respectively.
Similar to the MeMo Pad HD 7 is the Asus MeMo Pad FHD 10, with the biggest difference being that the former carries a 7-inch screen while the latter has a 10-inch one. Its 10-inch display has a native resolution of 1920×1200 pixels and it is powered by the same Intel chip found in the above-mentioned Asus FonePad Note.
Like its 7-inch counterpart, the MeMo Pad FHD 10 will come with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean pre-installed, as well as other hardware features which include a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.2-megapixel front camera, and Sonic Master audio tech. It will be sold with either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.
Last but not the least, we saw the official announcement of the Asus Transformer Book Trio. It’s a tablet-notebook hybrid that comes pre-loaded with not just the latest version of Android, but the latest version of the Windows operating system as well. It is billed as “the world’s first three-in-one notebook, tablet, and desktop PC” which is quite fitting considering it has the ability to run Windows 8, a full desktop OS.
With the kind of silicon it has inside it, the Transformer Book Trio might as well be a desktop indeed. To run Jelly Bean, it uses an Intel Atom Z2580 processor, while an Intel Core-i7 4500U chip is used to handle Windows. And since it only has an 11.6-inch Full HD screen, it probably won’t have any problems taking care of the graphics part of the equation at all.
There’s no word yet on when it might become available for sale (and at what price), but the current info points to a Q3 2013 release.
Which of the new Asus devices do you find most exciting? Are you looking forward to getting your own hands on any or all of them? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!