Looks like ASUS decided to grab all the limelight at Computex in Taiwan first up. The company unveiled a slew of devices aimed at different segments of the market.
The most interesting and important announcement was the Transformer Book Trio which the company claims is “the world’s first three-in-one mobile device.”
The Trio is an 11.6 inch tablet with a 1920×1080 IPS display and 64GB of internal storage onboard. It is powered by a 2GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2580 chip (32nm Clover Trail+), and is one of many devices that are now moving to the Intel chips
The tablet runs Android Jelly Bean. It comes with a PC station dock, which apart from being a keyboard is also attached with a battery. The dock contains a 4th generation Core i7-4500U (Haswell) chip and separate storage – 1TB HDD. The dock runs Windows 8.
When it comes to the running of the device it has three modes. Android tablet, when the dock is not used, Windows 8 laptop, when the tablet is plugged into the PC Station dock and Windows 8 desktop PC, with the dock connected to an external monitor. The tablet is not used in this configuration.
There is no dual-booting, but the two devices with their own operating systems live in a symbiotic relationship. One can also use the two separately and simultaneously if you go with configurations 1 and 3.
Asus did not annonunce pricing and availability of this device.
Multiple Tablets Announced
Looking to cash in on it growing popularity, the Nexus 7 manufacturer also launched three tablets – Transformer Pad Infinity, MemoPad HD 7 and FonePad Note FHD6.
The Transformer Pad Infinity is powered by a 1.9GHz Tegra 4 processor. It comes with a keyboard dock and can be converted into a laptop when required. It has a 10.1-inch IPS display with 2560x1600p resolution and packs 2GB RAM under the hood. It has a 5MP rear camera, while a 1.2MP camera is placed in the front. This device has 32GB of internal storage.
The FonePad Note FHD 6 is a 6 inch phablet with a super IPS+ display that supports full HD resolution (1920x1080p) and has a 367ppi pixel density. The phone runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), (what was Asus thinking here!). It is powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor and with 2GB RAM. It has frontal speakers and supports stylus input. It has a 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera.
The MemoPadHD 7 has a 7-inch IPS display with 1280x800p resolution. It is powered by a quad-core processor based on the ARM Cotex 7 CPU architecture. It has a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 1.2MP front camera. There are 8 GB and 16 GB versions of the device.
There is also a 10-inch version of the MemoPad which runs on a 1.6GHz dual-core processor and has a 10-inch IPS display, with 178-degree wide viewing angle and 1920x1200p resolution. It comes in 16 and 32GB storage options. The stereo speakers of this tablet feature SonicMaster audio technology. A 1.2MP front-facing camera and a 5MP rear camera with autofocus are present in the device.