It’s no secret that ASUS has a smartwatch in development, as we’ve heard several promising rumors about the device. ASUS chairman really believes the smartwatch will be great, too, judging from his comments about it earlier today.
Chairman Jonney Shih discussed the trade offs that have to be made in a smartwatch, including form factor, size, and price and how focusing on different aspects of a device can make or break its success. He says the ASUS design team has learned a lot about smartwatches in their design process, and if the early rumors about how thin and affordable the device is pan out, there’s a good chance ASUS will have a hit product on their hands.
Evleaks dropped some information on the Asus made Android Wear device that’s set to be released in the fall. According to the leaker, the device is codenamed Robin and could very well be the thinnest Android Wear watch. At least that’s what Asus is aiming for — unlike the Moto 360. Even so, the device is rumored to come in as the cheapest of the Android Wear devices available at a possible price point between $99 and $150. Even so, we’re still a few months away from knowing for sure.
Now that the first Android Wear smartwatches are out the door with yesterday’s official launch of the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, expect to see a flood of manufacturers bringing more devices to market. One of the first to sort of get an announcement out is Asus where an inside source has indicated the company plans to release their take on a smartwatch by September if all goes as planned.
Back at CES, ASUS showed off the Transformer Book Duet (TD300), which was later cancelled. Since it was a Windows and Android device, it was believed the reason was because of pressure from Google. Apparently that wasn’t the case as today at Computex, ASUS unveiled something very similar in the Transformer Book V.
The Transformer Book Duet was a 4-in-1 device, but the Transformer Book V takes it one step further making it a 5-in-1 device. Just like the Duet, it’s a Windows laptop, Windows tablet, Android laptop, and Android tablet, but the V adds PadFone capabilities by adding a standalone phone that can be docked.
With Computex 2014 in full swing, ASUS has taken to announcing three new tablet devices, all three of which, are running 64-bit processors. These devices include the Fonepad 8, MeMO Pad 7 and MeMO Pad 8. The Fonepad runs on an Intel Atom Z3560 quad-core processor running at 1.8GHz. It comes with dual front-facing speakers and an 8-inch IPS display at 1280×800. It boasts a 72.2 percent screen-to-body ratio, letting it have as ASUS puts it, “the largest viewing area of any 8-inch phablet on the market.”
The day has finally come folks. An ASUS PadFone will actually be available at a U.S. carrier. It was announced back at CES that AT&T would carry it, but we wondered if they would actually ever release it.
AT&T finally put our worries to sleep by announcing that it will be available starting June 6. You will be able to get it on AT&T Next 18 for $22.92 per month, Next 12 for $29.80 per month, or on a two-year contract for $199. They are also offering a $50 discount on the purchase of the blue or white ASUS two-pack tablet cover and Wireless Charging Folio and Duracell Wireless Charging Mat. That deal will end July 24. You can see a few quick videos along with the full presser after the break.
Asus will be at Computex 2014 next week, so they’ve released a short teaser video to build up some hype for whatever it is that they’ll be announcing. The short clip is simply someone writing out “The Next Incredible Thing” on a piece of paper, and the G at the end of the sentence disappears at the end of the video. So, whatever Asus has planned, it’s going to be incredible, it’s going to be a thing, and it’s also going to be thin. Awesome.
We’ve seen a few Asus leaks recently, including some new ZenFone models, so it’s hard to tell exactly what thin device Asus is excited about. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too much longer to find out. If you’re interested, you can check out the short video below.
Asus’ ZenFone line, which includes the ZenFone 4, 5 and 6 could add on two new devices pretty soon — the ZenFone 5 LTE and the ZenFone DIY.
Chinese site VR-Zone reported that the ZenFone 5 LTE will not only support LTE but also wireless charging, a Qualcomm SoC, a 5-inch, 720 x 1,280 pixel display and 2GB RAM.
An up-close image of the upcoming ASUS Padfone X on AT&T was leaked recently. AT&T announced the fact that the device would be released on their network back in January, but since then there’s been no word on an official release date.
Specs for the device were confirmed in March, showing quite a powerful device. The main selling point, however, will be the fact that the Padfone X is a phone that can transform into a tablet.
Asus in the Philippines has launched a redesigned version of their FonePad 7 tablet. The new variant has model number FE170CG and is said to be significantly lighter and thinner than the original model. With a smaller body, however, comes slight spec declines. The screen resolution goes from WXGA to WSVGA, internal memory from 8 GB to 4 GB, and camera quality from 5 MP to 2 MP. The rest of the hardware remains identical to the original version.
The new device, FE170CG, is currently available in Philippines and is priced at PHP 5,995 (about $137).
Via: GSM Arena