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ASUS at IFA: New Transformer tablets, Fonepad phones, Memo Pads

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ASUS has just dropped a whole lot of Android love at IFA 2013, revealing not one, not two, but six new Android devices. Practically their entire product lineup seems to have received a refresh, from the popular Transformer tablet to the gigantic Fonepad series of devices.

Transformer Pads

New in the ASUS Transformer tablet lineup is the Transformer Book Trio and the Transformer Pad TF701T.

The Transformer Book Trio’s claim to fame is that it dual-boots Windows 8 and Android 4.2. Specs wise, it’s a rather robust device. When docked and running Windows 8, the Transformer Book Trio can take advantage of a full HD 11.6-inch display, along with 4GB DDR3, 802.11ac WiFi, BlueTooth 4.0 and up to a latest generation Intel Core i7. When used as a tablet running Android, things are changed quite a bit. The Android tablet in the Transformer Book Trio will, of course, use the same 11.6-inch display but is limited to 2GB of RAM, 802.11n WiFi, BlueTooth 3.0 and a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2760. Both the docked Windows PC and undocked Android tablet can utilize stereo speakers and 5MP rear camera with 720p front-facing camera.

Where the Transformer Book Trio sacrifices specs a bit in the Android tablet mode of the device to maintain balance, the Transformer Pad TF701T makes up for it. As the ASUS flagship tablet of the year, it comes rockin’ a 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 IPS display, NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, up to 64GB of storage with SD expansion, a 5MP F/2.4 rear camera, 1.2MP front-facing camera and Android 4.2 JellyBean. As with all Transformer tablets, the TF701T comes with a full-featured keyboard dock lending the tablet 13 hours of battery life on a single charge.

Fonepad 6 and 7

Along with the two new Transformer tablets, ASUS also revealed two new Fonepad devices: the Fonepad 6 and Fonepad 7. If you couldn’t already tell from their names, both devices are 6- and 7-inch tablets, respectively, that feature complete cellular radios inside. But that’s where their similarities end.

The Fonepad 7 is meant to serve as a more budget-friendly device, coming in with a 1280 x 800 IPS display, 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560, 1GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage with SD expansion, a 5MP rear camera, a 1.2MP front-facing camera and Android 4.2. As for the cellular bands, just about any GSM carrier under the sun is covered: UMTS 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100MHz. GSM/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz. HSPA+ with 42Mbit/s DL & 5.76Mbit/s UL.

The Fonepad 6 is a little more high-end device, meant to take on the Notes of the world. Much like the Samsung Galaxy Note, the Fonepad 6 boasts a feature-enhanced stylus for use with a handful of ASUS exclusive apps. Whether or not performance of the stylus can keep up with the Note remains to be seen, but the rest of the device should have no problem. The Fonepad 6 runs on Android 4.2 and utilizes a 6-inch full HD Super IPS+ display, 2GB of RAM, a 2.0GHz Intel Atom Z2580 dual-core processor, 8MP camera and a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera. The only area where the Fonepad 7 tops the Fonepad 6 is in cellular bands. The Fonepad 6 features UMTS 850, 900, 1900, 2100MHz, for Europe and the US, and GSM/EDGE 850, 900, 1900, 2100MHz, also for Europe and the US.

The affordable Memo Pad series

Last but not least, ASUS has introduced two new Memo Pads to the world today: the Memo Pad 8 and 10. Both devices are meant to be ultra affordable and share many of the same specs. Both come with a 1280 x 800 IPS display, at 8 and 10.1-inches, an unnamed 1.6GHz quad-core processor, a 1.2MP front-facing camera, up to 16GB of storage with SD expansion and 1GB of RAM. As far as the differences go, the Memo Pad 8 has a better rear camera (5MP vs 2MP on the Memo Pad 10), and the 10 has a bigger battery (5070mAh vs the 8′s 3950mAh). Both devices will come in white, grey and pink.

So there you have it, folks. Six new Android devices from ASUS, each with their own special place in a well-balanced product portfolio. We’ll be sure to update you with pricing and availability information on all the devices announced today as soon as we have it. If I had to pick any particular new ASUS device I was most interested in, I’d have to say the Transformer Pad has me curious. Previous Transformer tablets have been great alternatives to Nexus tablets; I imagine this one will be as well. How about you?

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