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Asus renames, updates notebooks, tablets, Fonepad 7 at IFA

updated 11:52 am EDT, Wed September 4, 2013

Transformer Pad, Transformer Book sees upgrades, name changes

Asus has used IFA to relaunch a number of devices it revealed earlier this year under new names, as well as introducing upgraded versions of existing devices. The Zenbook Infinity, now named the Zenbook UX301, was shown at the same time as a Transformer Book with Haswell, a new Transformer Pad, and other Android devices.

The Zenbook UX301 is billed as a scratchproof ultrabook, which uses a 13.3-inch touchscreen with a 2,560x1,440 resolution, according to CNET. Claimed to be scratchproof, he UX301 is protected with Gorilla Glass 3 on the display and ceramic covers. Inside is a Haswell processor with up to 512GB of SSD storage, and Intel Iris graphics, though this can be changed to an Nvidia GT 730M GPU in some cases.

The Transformer Pad, originally known as the Transformer Pad Infinity at its launch, uses a Tegra 4 processor running at 1.9GHz with 2GB of RAM, housed behind a 10.1-inch, 2560x1600 display. The revised Transformer Book T300, complete with Intel Haswell processors, will have a larger 256GB capacity storage and 8GB of RAM, but will retain the detachable 13-inch 1080p display.

Two new Memo Pad tablets were unveiled by the company. The 8-inch and 10-inch devices offer identical 1280x800 displays, 1.2-megapixel front-facing cameras, and a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. The smaller Memo pad 8 tablet has 8GB of storage and a rear-mounted 5-megapixel camera, while the Memo Pad 10 opts for 16GB of storage, a downgraded 2-megapixel rear camera, and a longer battery life. Both are expected to ship before the end of this year.

The Fonepad 7 has gone through a few changes since we saw it last at Mobile World Congress. The seven-inch tablet improves the specifications to a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor with 1GB of RAM, and is able to connect over HSPA+ 3G networks. Offering a 1280x800 IPS display, the Fonepad 7 has 5-megapixel and 1.2-megapixel cameras, a 100-shot burst mode, and a choice of 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB of expandable storage options. Pricing and availability was not revealed by the company.

by MacNN Staff



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