ASUS has taken to the Computex stage today in its native Taiwan to unveil a whole host of new Android powered tablets. On the menu are new MeMo Pads, an all new Fonepad and a hybrid mashup of Windows 8.1, Android and ASUS' Padfone concept.

The new Fonepad now boasts an 8-inch display and like the Fonepad and the design is improved upon the original with much slimmer bezels. We also now get dual front speakers around the 1280x800 resolution display and inside the Fonepad 8 is powered by Intel's Atom™ Z3560 1.8GHz quad-core processor that was announced at Mobile World Congress. While the Fonepad has 3G connectivity, it looks as though that may well be it with no mention of LTE.

The new MeMo Pads come in 7- and 8-inch form factors with the MeMo Pad 8 claiming to be the world's lightest 8-inch LTE tablet. Both have – albeit slightly different – Intel 64-bit quad-core CPUs but other details are currently slim pickings. The 7-incher has a 5MP rear camera and we know that the 8-inch has Gorilla Glass 3 covering its display. Both come in a range of colors and boast ASUS' latest Zen UI that was first announced at CES.

Perhaps most interesting of all however is the Transformer Book V. ASUS is no stranger to making hybrid devices but this one pretty much covers all bases. It has five different modes: Android tablet, Windows Tablet, Android laptop, Windows laptop, Android smartphone. The Transformer Book V combines previously seen – and never released – concepts of Windows/Android laptop hybrids with its Padfone Android phone/tablet devices. Crazy.

The laptop and tablet display is 12.5-inches in size and in Windows form has a hard drive up to 1TB in size. In tablet form the storage goes down to a still respectable 128GB. We're looking at Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 KitKat, and a 5-inch smartphone that also runs KitKat atop an Intel quad-core CPU. The ultimate all-in-one system? Maybe, but first we're hoping this one makes it safely to market.

Source: ASUS


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ASUS launches a host of new Android tablets at Computex


Sorry! Lol

But in all seriousness what is the next (incredible) big thing? The cell phone market is quickly reaching saturation and companies need another iPhone like revolution to stay in business or they will implode like the computer manufacturers.

I know it is not the smart-watch, which looks like a niche market, a holdover product until the next big thing is found. The internet of things, similarly is not a revolutionary new idea, but an old idea being implemented by the evolution of the Internet. A slow and gradual process.

Robotics is still a bit ways of, transistor count density will reach human neuron density in the early twenties, before that robots will be fairly limited.

3D manufacturers is, too a bit too green for the mass market.

Automatic cars are coming but not before 2020, there will be limited application up to the point, but not the massive market companies look for.

So that leaves me wondering, what is the next big thing. By which I mean smartphone level impact and improvement of life to be had?

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Weep, as in I can't wait to buy 'em or what a sorry @#& innovation.

I would definitely buy Glass if they were around $300. Might buy for $500, if i/o brings some sort of hardware improvements, as it stands now, nah.

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Kinda both. I want them but also think that like smartphones, it will remove a little bit more humanity from humanity.

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True, we are turning into Borgs, lol.

The biggest blow to interpersonal skills was the car, but I have been on the subway numerous times, their interpersonal skills leave a lot to be desired. I find people are at their best behavior walking in large groups, say, Times Square. But with all the crazies out there perhaps a nice insulating layer of technology isn't such a bad thing?

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The transformer book v is definitely the most brilliant idea yet. I don't think Google or Microsoft should have a problem with this because it'd not technically a dual boot device, since it's technically different devices all sharing the main computer componentry
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When I read that the phone is using an Intel SoC I got excited that the Windows OS is running off of the smartphone SoC but I think that the tablet part has it's own Intel cpu (probably an ULV i core).

I wonder if it would be possible to get an x86 OS such as Windows to run on the smartphone.

I don't think it's impossible. However, you would definitely have to reboot the phone to get windows to start running on it. And if it's not running Windows off the phone SoC, how is it running Windows in tablet mode?
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That is true, I was thinking of something like what the Motorola lap-dock did where you have the desktop but you can also pull up a window of your phone as well.

All I really want is a modern day OQO and I (personally) don't mind having to dual boot to get from one OS to another as long as the calls and messaging ability remained.

Yo dawg,we heard you like technology.

So we made a tablet that runs windows and android that is also a laptop and a smartphone so you can surf the web while you surf the web.

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If I could use my Note 3 in Book V I might consider it, but since I don't want a midrange Asus phone it's a no buy!

Pls note that the FonePad still comes in a 7-inch version in addition to the 8-inch, and both are Dual-SIM enabled.