Last month rumors started to circulate that Asus was working on a new Windows tablet. The rumors claim the device is called the VivoTab Note 8. Along with the name of the tablet, some specifications were also leaked including the use of Windows for the operating system and an 8-inch screen.
Earlier this week, evidence surfaced on ASUS's website of a tablet referred to as model M80TA, something that was speculated as a possible small Transformer Book. This led to some digging around on the part of German website Mobile Geeks, which discovered the tablet is actually called the ASUS VivoTab Note 8, an 8-inch Windows-toting tablet and what would be a first in that form factor for the company.
ASUS plans to release a tablet hybrid next month running Intel's Atom Bay Trail processors, the ASUS Transformer Book T100 loaded with Windows 8.1. Earlier today, Intel revealed its plans for the Bay Trail processors, saying they were aiming them at Windows 8 and Android tablets and other similar devices.
This week AT&T is adding a whole pile of devices to their ranks with several smartphones, a smartwatch, and none other than the ASUS MeMO Pad FHD LTE 10.1. This device is the first time the carrier has officially carried an ASUS tablet, and it's certainly a decent one: with a 10.1-inch Full HD display (that's 1920 x 1200 pixels across its face) and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean under the hood, you've got one of the most smooth devices on the market today. While we'd certainly rather be rolling with the slightly more powerful ASUS Tranformer Infinity with it's NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core SoC, this tablet runs with one that's certainly tried and true: the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core SoC.
Knowing that people want the best of everything without needing to buy everything, ASUS announced its Transformer Book Trio today at the IFA 2013 show in Berlin. This three-in-one ultraportable device, the world's first according to ASUS, marries not only the two form factors of a notebook and a tablet, but also combines the top operating systems Windows and Android in one complete package.
It would appear that ASUS has had so much success with the first 7-inch smartphone/tablet combination (as revealed earlier this year in the Fonepad) that they've brought on a second generation in the Fonepad 7. This device works with a new non-slip finish (where the original was a bit slippery, as it were), HSPA+ 3G connectivity, and an Intel Atom Z2560 processor inside. This machine also works with a 7-inch 1280 x 800 pixel resolution IPS LCD display up front.
Lest you think ASUS' Computex 2013 range is all tablets and glossy ultrabooks, never fear: the company also has some new desktop PCs, kicking off with the Mac mini-rivaling VivoPC and its matching hybrid VivoMouse controller. Angling for a spot under your TV, the ASUS VivoPC is a compact Windows-powered media center, while the VivoMouse tries to take on the duties of a mouse, a touchpad, and a remote control all in one.
A good notebook can't just do one thing well these days, it has to multi-task in at least two ways, and so on that front the ASUS Transformer Book Trio is off to a good start. Revealed at Computex 2013 this morning, the 11.6-inch notebook is billed as "the world's first three-in-one mobile device" with a removable screen section that can flip between Windows 8 and Android, and which can be used both on the desktop and while mobile.
ASUS has two new mainstream tablets for Computex 2013 this week, and they each bring some interesting differentiators: the MeMo Pad HD 7 has a super-low price tag, kicking off at $129, while the MeMo Pad FHD 10 steps up to a Full HD display and slides in one of Intel's Atom processors. That's relatively unusual for an Android-based tablet, which more commonly would be found powered by an ARM chip (and, indeed, the MeMo Pad HD 7 does have something from ARM's line-up inside).