ASUS today at IFA announced Zenbook UX301 and UX302 flagship Ultrabooks, the X102BA ultraportable with 10.1-inch display, the Transformer Book T300, Transformer Book Trio 'Three-in-One' ultraportable, new MeMO Pad 8 and MeMO Pad 10 tablets, next-Generation Fonepad 7, the Fonepad Note 6 and the new Transformer Pad TF701T.
Zenbook UX301 and UX302
The Zenbook UX301 and UX302 are Asus' new flagship Ultrabooks coming with a sleek design and a lid protected by scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance.
Corning Gorilla Glass 3 has the same durability and thinness as Gorilla Glass 2, but Corning's proprietary NDR glass composition gives superior scratch resistance, reduced scratch visibility and improved toughness. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 has three times the scratch resistance of Gorilla Glass 2 and offers a 40% reduction in the number of highly visible scratches, with a 40% improvement in retained strength if a deep scratch does occur.
A 13.3-inch display available with a 1920 x 1080 Full HD and 2560 x 1440 WQHD resolution means the new ASUS Zenbook gives sharp images and text. IPS (In-Plane Switching) display technology also ensures rich color with wide 178-degree viewing angles, while 10-point multi-touch gives responsive fingertip control with Windows 8.
The new Zenbook is powered by 4th generation Intel Core processors. A high-end 28W Core i7-4558U dual-core option makes light work of even the most demanding applications, while optional 512GB RAID0 SSD storage turbo-charges performance even more. Models feature either Intel Iris graphics, or NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M graphics with Optimus technology.
Available in Moonstone White and Sapphire Blue, Zenbook UX301 features 802.11ac Wi-Fi for high-speed wireless data rates, and connectivity options include USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0. All models feature a backlit keyboard with automatic light level control and large multi-touch touchpads with full support for Windows 8 gestures. ASUS SonicMaster audio technology is also standard on all models.
ASUS X102BA Ultraportable with 10.1-inch Multi-Touch Display
The X102BA is a compact ultraportable laptop with a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 display with 10-point multi-touch and Windows 8. The X102BA also features the latest AMD A Series APU and comes bundled with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013.
With a multi-touch digitizer that recognizes a contact point with a mere 5mm diameter, rather than the Microsoft recommendation of 9mm, the XB102BA offers much more sensitive touch input for precise applications, such as drawing and painting. The X102BA also features a large multi-touch touchpad with gesture support and a keyboard.
The ASUS X102BA is powered by an AMD A4-1200 1GHz dual-core APU with Radeon HD 8180 graphics. ASUS Super Hybrid Engine II technology with 'Instant on' provides users with a smartphone-like experience, thanks to a two-second resume from sleep time, over two weeks a standby time and automatic data backup in sleep mode when the battery level drops below 5%.
The X102BA also features USB 3.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. It is bundled with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 with full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
ASUS Transformer Book T300
The Transformer Book T300 is a 13.3-inch laptop with a detachable Full HD display that can be used as a standalone Windows 8 tablet. It is powered by a 4th generation Intel Core processor and features a metallic design.
The 13.3-inch tablet display has a Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, while IPS technology ensures wide 178-degree viewing angles. Transformer Book also features multi-touch digitizer technology that detects a 6mm contact point.
Just 11.5mm thin, ASUS Transformer Book T300's tablet display is extremely portable, but it's also highly practical for use on the move, with built-in USB 3.0, a micro-HDMI ports, plus an LED battery charge indicator. The keyboard dock is equally slim, at just 11mm, and has a compact magnetic dock connector that releases and snaps to the tablet display in an instant. The dock features a full-size keyboard with backlit keys and a large multi-touch touchpad with Windows 8 gesture support. Transformer Book features a front 720p HD camera and a rear 1080p Full HD camera, plus stereo speakers powered by ASUS SonicMaster audio technology.
Transformer Book Trio 'Three-in-One' Ultraportable
The Transformer Book Trio is a new breed of ultraportable device with a two-part dockable design that can be used by one person as a laptop, or by two people as a separate tablet and desktop PC. With the ability to switch between Windows 8 and Android at the press of a button, Transformer Book Trio offers three-in-one flexibility.
ASUS Transformer Book Trio features a metallic design, and is powered by a 4th generation Intel Core processor for energy efficiency in Windows 8 laptop mode. When it?s time for entertainment to take over from productivity, the 11.6-inch display detaches from the 'PC Station' keyboard dock for use as a multi-touch Android tablet with its own Intel Atom dual-core processor and up to 64GB of solid-state storage.
With the display docked, Transformer Book Trio can switch instantly between Windows 8 and Android 4.2 by pressing the dedicated 'Trio' key on the keyboard, with data shared between the two operating system?s via the tablet?s storage. Unlike other dockable ultraportables, Transformer Book Trio?s PC Station isn?t dead weight when the tablet display is detached. With an external display connected via Mini DisplayPort or Micro-HDMI, the PC Station can then be used as a self-contained desktop PC with Windows 8, which means Transformer Book Trio can be used by two people, in two different places, at the same time.
ASUS Transformer Book Trio's 11.6-inch display features a Full HD resolution with IPS technology with wide 178-degree viewing angles. 10-point capacitive multi-touch gives instant fingertip control with both Windows 8 and Android, while the backlit keyboard and multi-touch touchpad ensures comfortable productivity use. With stereo speakers and ASUS SonicMaster audio technology in both the PC Station and tablet, Transformer Book Trio also delivers detailed sound with video, music and games.
With 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 in the PC Station, plus 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 in the tablet display, Transformer Book Trio cuts the need for cables, no matter which mode it's used in. Separate batteries in each part also maximize mobility, and Transformer Book Trio has up to 13 hours battery life in Android mode and five hours in Windows 8 mode.
New Transformer Pad TF701T with 2560 x 1600 display
The new Transformer Pad TF701T is a 10.1-inch Android tablet with a 2560 x 1600 IPS display, the high-performance NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor and a lightweight Mobile Dock with USB 3.0.
The Transformer Pad has been designed for on-the-go entertainment, thanks to a durable metallic design that's just 8.9mm thick and weighs 585g. A high-quality speaker with ASUS SonicMaster audio technology gives clear sound for music, movies and games, while the 17-hour battery life when docked means the new ASUS Transformer Pad lasts for two full working days between charges.
The new ASUS Transformer Pad features a 10.1-inch IGZO-TFT display with reduced energy consumption and a very wide color gamut. The 2560 x 1600 WQXGA resolution gives an extraordinarily sharp image, while IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology ensures accurate color reproduction, wide 178-degree viewing angles.
Powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU and a 72-core GeForce GPU, the new ASUS Transformer Pad gives a great entertainment experience with HD movies and the latest Android games. Miracast Wi-Fi video streaming means the new ASUS Transformer Pad can mirror its display to a compatible HDTV for big-screen entertainment without cables, while a wired HDMI connection can drive a 4K Ultra HD display.
The new ASUS Transformer Pad also features a front 1.2-megapixel camera and a rear 5-megapixel camera that captures full-resolution photos while shooting simultaneous 1080p Full HD video. Zero shutter lag means photos are always captured at the right moment, while HDR (High Dynamic Range) and intelligent face enhancement gives great shots.
The new ASUS Transformer Pad is more than just a high-performance tablet ? it?s also a capable Android laptop, thanks to its Mobile Dock. The dock?s full-size keyboard with a large multi-touch touchpad makes the new ASUS Transformer Pad perfect for productivity apps and the Microsoft Office-compatible Polaris Office suite is supplied pre-installed.
The dock also features a USB 3.0 port that adds support for the latest next-generation SuperSpeed storage devices, while its own built-in battery extends the new ASUS Transformer Pad?s battery life from 13 to 17 hours. The dock also features an SDXC card slot that complements the tablet?s own microSDXC card slot.
The new ASUS Transformer Pad also has an optional protective TransCover case with a synthetic screen cover and a hard shell rear. TransCover also has a folding cover that props up the screen at a comfortable angle for on-screen typing and watching video.
Fonepad Note 6 with 6-inch Full HD Display
The new Fonepad Note 6 is a 6-inch Android tablet with a Full HD display that offers both multi-touch and stylus input, and built-in HSPA+ 3G for telephone calls and mobile internet. ASUS Fonepad Note 6 is designed for people who prefer the larger screen of a tablet for apps and entertainment.
Just 10.3mm thick and with a low 210g weight, Fonepad Note 6 slips easily into a pocket, yet packs a 6-inch Super IPS+ display with a 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution. Super IPS+ (In-Plane Switching) display technology ensures a vibrant image with wide viewing angles and great daylight visibility, while ASUS SonicMaster audio technology is responsible for sound quality with the dual front speakers.
ASUS Fonepad Note 6 (ME560CG) is powered by the new Intel Atom Z2580 processor with Hyper-Threading technology, with up to 23 hours 3G talk-time and 6.5 hours of video playback. DC-HSPA+ gives ultra-fast mobile internet access, with up to 42Mbit/s download and 5.76Mbit/s upload speeds, while a noise-cancelling mic ensures clear calls.
In addition to a 10-point capacitive multi-touch display for fingertip control of Android 4.2, Fonepad Note 6 also features a stylus for handwritten input with exclusive ASUS apps. Instant Page launches automatically when the stylus is ejected from its silo to offer immediate note-taking, no matter which other app is in use, while Smart Crop makes it easy to save an image in any app just by circling the desired area. 'Smart Peek' previews give the same kind of quick access to app content that PC users have long enjoyed, too, with just a tap of the stylus.
ASUS Fonepad Note 6 also features a host of other exclusive refinements throughout Android 4.2. Apps include tight integration of social network support and an improved native email app has a new threaded conversation view.
A new camera app also unlocks the power of the rear 8-megapixel and front 1.2-megapixel cameras with real-time previews of image effects, and easy adjustment of white balance and exposure. The 'All Smiles' feature intelligent selects the best facial expression from a sequential series of photos to automatically compose a shot in which all subjects are smiling, while the 'Smart Remove' feature removes unwanted background objects and people to create the perfect photo.
Fonepad Note 6 is available in black or white, with 16GB or 32GB onboard storage. Both models also feature a microSDHC card slot for adding more.
MeMO Pad 8 and MeMO Pad 10 Tablets
ASUS also unveiled two new affordable Android tablets, the MeMO Pad 8 and MeMO Pad 10, with an 8-inch and 10-inch screen, respectively. Both tablets feature a 1280 x 800 resolution, a quad-core processor and microSD card storage.
Designed for easy one-handed use, ASUS MeMO Pad 8 measures just 127mm from side to side and weighs only 350g, yet packs an 8-inch display that gives 30% more screen space than a 7-inch tablet. ASUS MeMO Pad 10 is equally portable, at just 522g.
ASUS MeMO Pad 8 (ME180A) and MeMO Pad 10 (ME102A) both feature an LED-backlit display with a 1280 x 800 resolution and IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology. Dual speakers with ASUS SonicMaster audio technology give great sound quality, too.
MeMO Pad 8 also features a rear 5-megapixel camera while MeMO Pad 10 features a 2-megapixel rear camera. Both models also capture 720p HD video and have a 1.2-megapixel front camera for video chat.
Powered by 1.6GHz quad-core processors, MeMO Pad 8 has up to nine hours battery life with HD video playback and MeMO Pad 10 up to 9.5 hours. MeMO Pad 8 has 8GB of onboard storage, while MeMO Pad 10 has 8GB or 16GB. Both models also feature a microSDXC card slot.
Next-Generation Fonepad 7
The Fonepad 7 is an updated version of the 7-inch Android device with full voice telephony for people who want smartphone features with a tablet-size screen. ASUS Fonepad 7 features a new non-slip finish and faster HSPA+ 3G with up to 42Mbit/s download speeds.
Fonepad 7 is powered by an Intel Atom Z2560 processor with Hyper-Threading technology for high multi-tasking performance with Android 4.2. The 7-inch display has a 1280 x 800 resolution with IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology, while dual-front speakers with ASUS SonicMaster audio technology ensure high-quality sound.
Just 10.5mm thick and with a low 340g weight, ASUS Fonepad 7 (ME372CG) is highly portable. A new smudge-resistant coating helps keep fingerprints at bay on the 7-inch screen display and Miracast wireless video streaming mirrors the display to compatible HDTVs.
Fonepad 7 features a 1.2-megapixel front facing camera, plus a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera with a 100 continuous-shot 'burst' mode and 1080p Full HD video recording. The 3950mAh battery provides up to 28 hours of 3G talk time, 35 days of standby time and up to 10 hours of video playback.
Built-in 3G with HSPA+ mobile data with download speeds up to 42Mbit/s and uploads of 5.76Mbit/s mean Fonepad 7 is an always-connected device for seamless web browsing. With full 3G telephony support across GSM and WCDMA bands, Fonepad 7 can also be used for voice calls using the built-in noise-cancelling digital microphone or an optional Bluetooth headset.
ASUS Fonepad 7 has a customized user interface that integrates social media information, with users being able to see their friends' latest social media updates on their contact list or incoming call notifications. Fonepad 7 is available with either 8GB, 16GB or 32GB onboard storage and a microSDHC card slot, located on the side of the case, can be used to add more. 5GB of lifetime ASUS WebStorage is also included and ASUS WebStorage Office also provides a full Microsoft Office experience on the move. The SuperNote app lets users draft notes and can even add images, videos, and voice memos to create multimedia notes. The Floating App also helps users multi-task by giving them the option to open up to six apps simultaneously onscreen.