ASUS announces range of new Android tablets, including a “5-in-1” Android/Windows hybrid


As we expected, ASUS had a lot to show at Computex Taipei this week. New Fonepads, new MeMoPads and new Transformer books are aplenty here, so let’s not wast any time jumping into what’s new.

MeMO Pad 7 and 8

For starters, we’re getting two new MeMo Pad models — one in a 7-inch outfit, and one that’s just an inch larger. The 7-inch MeMO Pad is billed as a 64-bit Android device thanks to Intel’s quad-core Atom Z3745 chipset (clocked up to 1.86GHz). It’ll feature a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera, and also has “high definition” resolution — 1280 x 800, to be exact.

ASUS introduced the next generation MeMO Pad 7 and MeMO Pad 8 at

MeMO Pad 8 steps things up just a tad with its Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core chipset clocked up to 2.3GHz. ASUS calls it the world’s lightest 8-inch Android tablet at just 299 grams, and it also doesn’t have much girth at 7.45mm thin. This particular tablet is said to have “full HD” resolution, so we can expect 1080p at the very least. It also houses 802.11ac WiFi and an LTE modem inside for those who prefer to get their data from a cellular network.

Fonepad 8

Next up to bat is the Fonepad 8, which is basically a huge phone. It’s an 8-inch kit with 1280 x 800 resolution, and has Intel’s 64-bit Atom Z3560 quad-core processor at 1.8GHz. It also features dual front-facing speakers for those who value booming sound.

For software, Android-based ZenUI is on-board with a new flat design and over “1,000” software improvements. Whether all those improvements are tangible remain to be seen, though ASUS says features like “What’s Next” and “Do It Later” are among the many other enhancements that will help you in your day-to-day life.

Transformer Book V

Moving up the food chain, we run into perhaps the most interesting device yet — the Transformer Book V. ASUS is calling this the first 5-in-1 device thanks to its ability to run both Windows 8.1 and Android either in tablet or laptop mode, as well as an Android phone that can be docked inside the tablet.

ASUS Transformer Book V_PR01

As a laptop, it features a 12.5-inch HD display, a “next-generation Intel chipset,” and can run both Windows 8.1 and Android (you can swap between the two modes at the easy touch of one button). It’ll also house 1TB of storage when docked.

Take it off the dock and you can still run Windows 8.1 and have access to up to 128GB of internal storage, though you’ll need to dock the 5-inch Android phone inside the tablet in order to switch to Android. As far as that phone goes, it houses a quad-core Intel processor itself, as well as LTE and a 2,500mAh battery.

ASUS Transformer Book V_PR02

ASUS had other goodies to show off, such as new high definition monitors, all-in-one Windows devices and Windows notebooks. You can read more about those at the press released linked below. No word on when and where we can expect to see any of these devices, but that doesn’t keep us from being excited about their arrivals. Let us know how you feel about all of these in the comments below!

[via ASUS]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Hmm, the Transformer Book V looks pretty interesting! Too bad though that I’ll be tied to that phone as I would guess that it’s not phablet size. I can never go back to any phone with a sub 5.5″ screen.

    1. yes its a “phone”…not a phablet nonsense…makes sense since you know if you want a big screen you bought it with the option of having that…no reason to have a huge phone when u can dock it quick to enjoy a bigger screen without suckin battery…i for one wont go to a phone bigger then 5 not even 5 honestly bc it looks stupid when people use em and its uncomfortable

      1. I don’t want to carry a 12-inch tablet with me wherever I go so having a larger screen on a device that’s with me pretty much 24/7 is a must. Movies and streaming HD videos look amazing on larger screens, it makes web surfing easier and better, for those with larger hands like me, the larger phone feels WAY better than some puny little sub 5″ screen. Also, I’ve noticed that my phone (G Flex) as immensely better battery life compared to others’ smaller devices. Anyway, to each their own really. You may feel it looks stupid on other people who have large phones but I think it’s stupid to complain about that in the first place. I can just imagine you just rolling your eyes every time you see someone who has a .5-inch larger screen than you.

        1. It’s a head-to-phone ratio, and most people with look kind of dumb with a huge device next to their ear

          1. Why would you put a phone next to your ear?

  2. Throw in a digitizer pen that works with the tablet at least and I’m sold.

  3. that transformer v is really interesting to say the least…i wonder how well it processes windows being they say its 8.1 i just hope not RT…i want a full windows laptop thats powerful can play windows games and such and then be undocked and be an android tablet…this is close…i wish it didnt have the phone bc thats just 2 much i like my current phone

    1. RT is dead in all but the surface. I don’t think many companies even consider producing RT at this point.

    2. It’s an Intel processor, so it’s not RT.

  4. I want the V.

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