ASUS announces Fonepads, MeMO Pads, Transformers at IFA 2013


ASUS announced several new devices today in conjunction with IFA 2013. The devices include a couple Fonepad devices in the 6- and 7-inch range, 8- and 10-inch MeMO Pad tablets, and a couple Transformer devices. The Fonepad 7 is a 7-inch tablet with telephony features for folks who might prefer a speaker phone setup, or holding a really big device up to their head. The Fonepad 7 has a 1280×800 LCD display, a 5 MP rear facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, runs Android 4.2 and is powered by an Intel ATOM dual-core processor. Three versions with 8, 16 or 32 GB of storage will be available and a microSD slot is included for expansion.

Joining the Fonepad 7 is the Fonepad Note 6. The Fonepad Note 6 is smaller, but does pack a 1080p LCD display, 8 MP rear facing camera, and 2GB of RAM. The Fonepad Note 6 also includes a stylus so users can take advantage of handwriting apps and get an additional input method.

If you are looking for something a little larger, ASUS has released their MeMO Pad devices in 8- and 10-inch sizes. Both versions are equipped with quad-core processors, 1280×800 LCD screens, 5 MP rear cameras, 1 GB of RAM, and run Android 4.2. Where they differ, other than size, is in battery size with the 10-inch version getting a 5070 mAh battery versus the 8-inch versions 3950 mAh battery. The MeMO Pad 10 will be available in 8 and 16 GB versions where the MeMO Pad 8 will only come with 16 GB of storage.

If a budget tablet is not your thing, then the ASUS Transformer Pad TF701 may be for you. This 10.1-inch tablet boasts a 2560×1600 LCD screen backed with an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32 or 64 GB of storage. The Transformer will come with Android 4.2 installed. True to the name, the device can be “transformed” with a keyboard dock that gives the device a traditional laptop form factor.

The final device announced by ASUS is the Transformer Book “Three-in-One” device. The Book is an ultra-portable laptop with a detachable screen that lets it function as a tablet and dual boots Windows 8 and Android 4.2. Several processor options will be available, from an Intel ATOM up to an Intel Core i7. When docked, the device has 4 GB of RAM available, but only 2 GB available when detached in tablet form. The screen is 11.6-inches in size and displays at a full 1080p.

ASUS has not released pricing or availability information yet.

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.