ASUS added new members to its tablet line up by unveiling ASUS MeMO Pad 7 and 8 (ME176C and ME181C), ASUS MeMO Pad 8 (ME581CL), ASUS Fonepad 7 and 8 (FE375CG and FE380CG), ASUS Fonepad 8 (FE380CG) and ASUS Transformer Pad (TF103C/TF303CL) in Taipei at a press conference in Computex 2014. ASUS has added KitKat flavour to the line up and spiked up the performance with help of 64-bit Intel Atom quad-core processors. In the article we shall discuss the features that have been teased by ASUS in its press release. We start with the ASUS MeMO Pad series.
ASUS MeMO Pad Series
ASUS MeMO Pad 7 (ME176C) and MeMO Pad 8 (ME181C) will house 64-bit Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core processor with clock speeds of up to 1.86GHz. As you might have already guessed they have IPS panel displays of 7 and 8 inch respectively with resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Both tablets feature 5MP rear and 2MP front snappers. Both these tablets are scheduled to be launched in mid June. Pricing information and spec sheet are still awaited.
The ASUS MeMO Pad 8 (ME581CL) is being touted by the company as the world’s lightest 8-inch tablet that features LTE connectivity. The tablet tips the scales at 299 grams and houses a slightly more powerful 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor. Its 8-inch IPS display has a Full HD (1920 x 1200 pixels) resolution, features ASUS’s proprietary display technologies like ASUS Splendid and TrueVivid colour enhancement and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The ASUS MeMO Pad 8 (ME581CL) will have connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. Pricing, spec sheet and availability information are awaited.
ASUS Fonepad Series
The new member of the Fonepad family, the Asus Fonepad 7 and 8 (FE375CG and FE380CG) are Dual-SIM enabled voice calling tablets with 3G connectivity options. They are both powered by a 1.8GHz quad-core processor. Both the tablets also feature 1280 x 800 IPS displays and ASUS SonicMaster audio with dual front speakers. Like the MeMO Pad they have a 5MP rear and 2 MP front snapper. Pricing and availability information will be disclosed at a later date.
ASUS Transformer Pad
Two new models of the ASUS Transformer Pad (TF103C/TF303CL) will house the same 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z3745 processor found on the above models and feature a mobile keyboard dock with a new hidden hinge design. The redesigned keyboard features ergonomic chiclet keys and one-touch function keys for common tasks like delete or screen grab. The TF103C has a HD (1280 x 800 pixels) resolution display and features connectivity options like dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and GPS and GLONASS navigation sensors. Its bigger brother Transformer Pad TF103CL has Full HD 1920 x 1200 IPS display and LTE Cat 4, HDMI and Miracast connectivity options.