ASUS has tried any and every concept under the sun and occasionally strikes gold. Today’s announcements from Computex follow the same trend, with several new mashup devices on the way. The first device to talk about is the Fonepad 8, ASUS’ massive phone/tablet device that’s even bigger than Samsung’s new Galaxy W. The Fonepad 8 sports an 8-inch 1280×800 display with super slim bezels, 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor, dual front-facing speakers and oddly enough, only 3G connectivity. Other specs weren’t detailed.
ASUS also launched a couple of new MeMo tablets in 7-inch and 8-inch flavors. The MeMo Pad 7 has a 7-inch display of undisclosed resolution, a 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor, stereo speakers, 5-megapixel camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The MeMo Pad 8 is similar with an 8-inch Gorilla Glass 3 display, 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor and LTE support. Other than that, not much is known about the two tablets.
The final device is ASUS’ Transformer Book V, the oddest mashup to date. The Transformer Book V can act as an Android tablet, Windows tablet, Android laptop, Windows laptop or Android smartphone. Yeah, you read that correctly.
The Transformer Book V has a 12.5-inch display on the tablet part, 128GB storage, and a “next-generation Intel processor.” When docked with the laptop/keyboard attachment, the storage jumps up to 1TB. Software-wise, we’re looking at Android 4.4 KitKat and Windows 8.1, which you can switch between in either tablet or laptop mode. The Transformer Book V also brings a 5-inch smartphone with a quad-core Intel processor and LTE support. Basically, the Transformer Book V is a smartphone that docks into a tablet that docks into a keyboard and the tablet can dual-boot both Android and Windows. This is either the greatest thing ever or the biggest flop ever.
Do any of the announcements strike your fancy?