Hands on with the ASUS ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5, and ZenFone 6 at CES 2014

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Today, ASUS announced a slew of new devices. First there was the Transformer Book Duet. Then the PadFone Mini was made official. But ASUS also announced three smartphones that make up their ZenFone series. The ZenFone 4, 5, 6 are all devices that have displays sized at their respective numbers. While they do not feature high-end specs, they provide an excellent low-cost option. We spent some time after this CES 2014 event to see what ASUS has to offer in 2014 with their Intel-powered smartphones.

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Hands on with the ASUS PadFone Mini at CES 2014

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At their CES 2014 keynote, ASUS announced the PadFone Mini. The device packs a 4-inch smartphone inside of a 7-inch tablet. A dual-core Intel Atom processor powers the PadFone Mini and it ships with Android 4.3 covered by their ZenUI skin. We were able to get some hands on time after the keynote to play with this interesting combo.

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ASUS ZenFone 4, 5, 6 all get announced during CES keynote

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Alongside the Transformer Book Duet TD300 and PadFone mini, ASUS announced three smartphones to join their new ZenFone series. The ZenFone 4, 5, and 6 all have displays that measure with their corresponding number. Each smartphone utilizes ASUS’ ZenUI (on top of Android 4.3) that does not actually seem offensive like other Android skins. They all use processors created by Intel, likely since the two companies have a partnership going on.

While the ZenFone 4 has a 800×480 resolution, the 5 and 6 have 720p displays. The rear cameras go from 5MP to 13MP depending on which model you look at. And if you have been envious of Nokia and their color choices, ASUS is going to offer the ZenFone series in many colors. The prices are $99, $149, $199 for the 4, 5, and 6, respectively. Not bad, especially considering that is without a contract.

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ASUS announces smaller $249 PadFone Mini smartphone/tablet combo

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asus-padfone-mini-cesASUS has had a big day at its CES event today. Besides the PadFone X that they released, the PadFone Mini is also coming to the US for $249. It’s a smaller 4-inch smartphone and 7-inch tablet combo with a 1.6GHz dual-core Atom Z2560 chip, 8GB of storage and an 800 x 480 display. Asus’s new ZenUI interface will run on top of Android 4.3

Asus hasn’t announced exactly when we’ll see this Intel-powered PadFone, and how much it will run for when it is released, but we will  be sure to keep you updated.

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ASUS Transformer Book Duet is official, allows users to switch between Android and Windows for $600

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At their CES 2014 keynote, ASUS has announced the Transformer Book Duet TD300. It is the first device announced that falls under Intel’s Dual OS category. Users can seamlessly switch between Windows 8.1 and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in a matter of four seconds. The display is 13.3 inches and has a 1080p resolution. It weighs just over four pounds and comes with a keyboard to take advantage of Windows’ productivity. The tablet itself is thick — roughly half of an inch.

Under the hood is where this device really shines. Intel President Renee James appeared on stage at the event to talk up its processor. The Transformer Book Duet will have their four generation Core i7 processor with 4GB of RAM. While there is a 128GB SSD, the keyboard dock adds 1TB of storage to the hard drive. When the Transformer Book Duet arrives, it will cost $600.

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ASUS Transformer Book Duet leaks in video, a Dual OS device that will debut at CES

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A couple days ago we shed some light on Intel’s plans to push devices that can boot into either Windows or Android. Intel is using the name Dual OS to describe these devices. While Microsoft has been trying to halt the production of these devices, it seems that at least ASUS will go through with their plans. In a video on YouTube, the Transformer Book Duet leaked, showing that it will indeed be able to run both Windows and Android. According to the video, its model number is TD300. According to the video, the Transformer Book Duet will take roughly eight seconds to switch operating systems.

The video has since been pulled and it is likely that this is the device ASUS teased a two weeks ago. Android World took the screenshot above, which does indeed have a spelling error. We are not sure whether or not ASUS is aware of that at the moment, but they will likely have it fixed by the time the Transformer Book Duet gets announced. ASUS’ CES press conference will be Monday, January 6, at 3pm EST. To keep track of everything happening in Las Vegas, click here to view our coverage of CES.

Source: Android World, ASUS [YouTube] *Video has been pulled.
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Is Asus Working on an Android Tablet Running Intel’s 64-bit Bay Trail SoC?

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With the iPhone 5s sporting a 64-bit architecture it’s easy to guess what the next big hardware craze will be on the mobile front. Samsung, not wanting to be outdone, has also made it known that they’re working their own 64 bit processors. Well Asus appears to be putting its hat in the ring as well as specs for a tablet running Android and carrying a 64-bit Bay Trail SoC has surfaced. Poised to be similar to Windows 8 running VivoTab Note 8, it will come in a quad-core package clocked at up to 1.33GHz (1.9GHz turbo).

It will also come with 2GB of RAM, a 1280×800 screen (most likely 8-inches), and a 5 MP rear camera. It will come with Android 4.2.2 as well. Why it’s not coming with KitKat is anyone’s guess. Performance wise, at least when it comes to benchmarks, suggests that it will perform similarly to the Snapdragon 800. Of course real world mileage will vary. While we may not see it at CES this year, 2014 is shaping up to be the year of the 64-bit processor.

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ASUS releases second CES 2014 promo video hinting at 4, 5 and 6-inch handsets

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Last week we showed you ASUS’ first promo video for CES 2014, which hinted at a device that dual boots. Well ASUS has just released a new CES 2014 promo video hinting at a host of new devices, including 4-inch, 5-inch and 6-inch handsets.

This new video shows millions of balls falling from the sky in Taipei, with each ball containing the number 4, 5 or 6. The video is entitled “what’s your number?” and hints at ASUS’ first venture into phablet territory. Hit the break to check out the video for yourself!

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ASUS PadFone X seen in benchmark, may be released soon

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While the PadFone Infinity is set to be released in the US sometime in the near future and the new PadFone mini was just announced last week, it seems there’s a new PadFone being released by ASUS soon as well. It’s called the PadFone X, and it was recently spotted in AnTuTu’s benchmark database.

The PadFone X is supposedly the successor to the PadFone 2 which was released last year, and there are a number of things that we can tell from its appearance in the database. First of all, it will be running Android 4.4 and will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Not only that, it also has a 1200 x 1920 screen resolution, thought the size of the screen remains unknown. Other details include a rear-facing camera of at least 5MP, 2Gb of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory.

The device itself scored very high in the benchmark tests, but we still don’t know when it will be released. Will we see the PadFone X in the US? We certainly hope so!

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