Computex 2014: ASUS – New 4K Ultrabook, Windows/Android hybrid and more!

asusIt’s not just Apple taking the stage today, Computex is going on all this week, and the first to kick off the announcements was ASUS. ASUS announced a wide range of new devices at this years Computex, celebrating 25 years in the business. ASUS has definitely announced some very exciting devices at this years Computex, let’s have a look at these now.

ASUS ZenBook NX500

ASUS ZenBook NX500This is quite possible ASUS’ most slickest look Ultrabook ever, and it also packs a massive punch, the Zenbook NX500 combines the usual aluminium body with a super-slim form factor we’ve come to expect from ASUS and the company’s Ultrabook family.

The device is powered by the latest Intel Core Processors (up to i7) and optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M dedicated graphics card.. The device also supports a 3-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip as well as the choice beteen SATA 3 RAID 0 or PCIe x4 SSD for the combination of fast SSD with the capacity of HDD storage.

Where the Zenbook NX500 really shines though, is that display! The NX500 will be the first ASUS Ultrabook with a 4K/UHD IPS display with a resolution of 3840 x 2160. We can’t wait to check out this display in person, but we know for sure it’s going to be a beast. Couple that with titanium-film speakers and SonicMaster audio technology, you’ve an unbeatable media experience right on your lap.

As of right now though, that’s as much as we know, but we can’t wait for the coming months to find out more about this thing!

ASUS Transformer Book V

ASUS Transformer Book VWe haven’t even got to the other announcements by ASUS, but this is already our favourite yet, this is the ASUS Transformer Book V. The fact that ‘V’ is the roman numeral for five is by far not a co-incidence as the Transformer Book V has five different sides to it. The biggest feature of the Transformer Book V is two of these five, is the ability to run both Windows and Android in one single device, from the click of a button!

But the device doesn’t stop there, it’s a full on Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 Kitkat tablet as we’ve mentioned, but it can also dock in to a full Windows or Android laptop, as well as the ability to dock a purpose built Smartphone to it! This device literally fills every possible need you could want out of potentially five devices in one!

Now, we know what you’re thinking, wasn’t this blocked by Google? Short answer is yeah, it was, but whatever strings have been attached the same idea is here now and this time, it’s official!

A COLLECTION OF SPECS

The main device you’ll be using is a 12.5 inch touch screen, detachable to the included keyboard accessory. Switching between full Windows 8.1 Professional, and Android 4.4 Kitkat is literally done with one side button. The device uses both Windows and Android’s hibernation states to save as much power, as well as consistency between the two, as well as the most important thing, natural resume.

The device runs on an Intel CPU, with up to 1TB of internal storage accessible within the keyboard dock. The tablet includes a 128GB SSD, which will house both operating systems and basic required files from both the Windows and Android environments. The complimentary Smartphone, which docks in to the back of the tablet, will be Intel Atom powered, support LTE and run on a rather decent 2500mAh battery.

We expect to have more information on this device closer to its release.

ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi

ASUS Transformer Book T300If you thought all of that was it, then you’re mistaken, take a look at this, the thinnest detachable keyboard device we’ve ever seen, this is the Transformer Book T300 Chi, we’re going to abbreviate that to just Chi for now.

Hot off the heels of the Surface Pro 3 announcements we thought we’d seen a super thin 12 inch device, but ASUS have taken things up a notch, this device is just 7.3mm thick when attached to its included keyboard accessory!

The Chi also includes LTE support, which is perfect for such as thin device, and that display incredibly supports 2560 x 1440 IPS, which is incredible based on its thickness! What’s also incredible is that tiny package will also house the powerful latest gen Intel Core processor to boot … no pun intended, running full Windows 8.1 Pro!

We can’t wait to find out more about this device in the coming weeks. Surface Pro 3, you’re competition begins now!

ASUS PT2001 19.5 inch Touchscreen All-in-one!


Whilst the award for best product name won’t go to ASUS for this device, this is essentially their new all-in-one device! Whilst we don’t have a press image, so we’re going to have to do with a picture at the show, what we do know is this thing is thin, light and powerful!

The device has a 19.5 inch full HD display with touch screen support, a powerful Intel Core i5/i7 processor, as well as a poweful NVidia GeForce 820M dedicated graphics card to keep everything running more than smoothly. The device also has optional 802.11AC Wi-Fi capability, as well as two HDMI ports allowing up to 3 HD displays at the same time, including the device itself!

One thing we don’t see very often, if at all, in all in one computers is NFC support, which is included with the PT2001, as well as a list of gesture based controls ASUS have thrown in too!

Again, we don’t have full information on when this device will land unfortunately, but once again, we can’t wait to check it out soon!

ASUS Fonepad & MeMo Pad Android tablets

It wasn’t just Windows and OS hybrid devices ASUS announced today, they also announced two Android tablet offerings.

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First up is this, the ASUS Fonepad … yes ASUS think this could also work as a phone, we completely doubt that concept, so let’s look at this in the tablet side of things before we completely dismiss this before we’ve started.

The device supports an 8 inch 16:10 display (1280 x 800), which has much slimmer bezels than most tablets do, especially at the sides, hopefully that’s not a decision which hampers the usability of the device. ASUS have also taken a leaf out of HTC’s book and added dual front facing speakers, which is never a bad thing.

The device is powered by the latest gen 1.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Atom processor, and features 3G connectivity, but we’re still waiting on news of LTE support.

And last up is this, the ASUS MeMo Pad. This devices comes in a 7 or 8 inch form factor and, according to ASUS, is the lightest 8 inch LTE tablet around.

The device itself is powered by the same *more or less* latest gen 1.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Atom processor as the Fonepad. The device also has a 5MP rear Camera and an undisclosed front facer, Gorilla Glass 3 protection at the front as well as ASUS Zen UI on top of Android 4.4 Kitkat.

Summary

So, there you have it, a heap of new devices from Computex, and this is just ASUS. What’s your favourite announcement from ASUS, ours is definitely the Transformer Book T300 Chi, that thing is incredibly thin and powerful, but overall we can’t wait to check out the entire list of devices upon launch really soon!

 

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