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ASUS announces new tablets, ultrabooks, ultraportables and laptops

Transformer Book Trio, which splits into separate PC and tablet, is among products revealed
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ASUS has revealed a number of products at IFA 2013 which will join its existing line of tablets, ultrabooks, laptops and ultraportables.

The Zenbook UX301 and UX302 are the next evolution of ASUS’ existing Zenbook, released in 2011.

The ultrabooks are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which is said to reduce highly visible scratches by 40 per cent. The glass will stretch across a 13.3-inch 10-point multi-touch screen, with a top resolution of 2560x1440 and In-Plane Switching for 178-degree viewing angles.

The Zenbooks will run on 4th generation Intel Core processors, including a dual-core Intel i7 model. For further speed, users can add 512GB of solid-state storage. For graphics performance, the Zenbooks can include either Intel Iris or a NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M, while ASUS’ SonicMaster technology provides audio.

The exterior of the machines can be coloured in ‘Moonstone White’ or ‘Sapphire Blue’, with connections including USB3.0, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. All models will have a backlit keyboard and multi-touch touchpads.

Also announced by ASUS were several new Android tablets. The six-inch Fonepad Note 6 displays Full HD on its multi-touch screen, and includes HSPA+ 3G for mobile connections such as phone calls and internet connectivity.

An inch bigger than the 6, the Fonepad 7 features smartphone features, a seven-inch IPS 1280x800 screen and like the 6, includes HSPA+ 3G for up to 42Mbit/second download speeds.

Sitting at the larger end of ASUS’ tablet range, but aimed by ASUS at the value tablet market, the MeMo Pad 8 and Pad 10 have eight and ten-inch displays respectively, both with a 1280x800 resolution.

Sailing in as ASUS’ flagship power-tablet, the Transformer Pad TF701T has a 10.1-inch 2560x1600 display, running on a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor. The TF701T can also connect to its Mobile Dock to boost its battery life up to 17 hours and provide a full-size keyboard.

Joining ASUS’ ultraportable line is the Transformer Book Trio, an 11.6-inch tablet and keyboard dock which can split into a tablet and standalone desktop PC, which can be used separately. The tablet can also switch between Windows 8 and Android via use of the dedicated ‘Trio’ key.

New ASUS laptops include the Transformer Book T300, which can detach its display for use as a Windows 8 tablet, and the compact X102BA10, which has a 10.1-inch multi-touch display and comes bundled with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013.

The majority of ASUS’ new products, including the Zenbooks, MeMo Pads, Transformer Pad, Transformer Trio and laptops will be arriving in the UK in November, with prices to be announced. The release date and cost of the Fonepad tablets are yet to be released.

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