Innovative ASUS at Computex with smartphone-consuming tablet, ultraportables

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Leading Taiwanese computer manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer Inc., more commonly known as ASUS, is showing off its "Break the Rules, Innovation Beyond Expectations" vision of the digital future at Asia's leading IT fair, Computex Taipei.

Hot off the drawing board is the company’s "Padfone," a convergent Android device that adheres to a developing trend of smartphone-powered tablets.

The Padfone is a tablet that wraps around a sleek smartphone to form "one symbiotic gadget that allows consumers to choose the screen size that best fits their activities while seamlessly sharing data and 3G internet access," explained ASUS while unveiling the device at Computex.

Like Motorola's dual-core ATRIX 4G smartphone and corresponding Laptop Dock, the tablet part of the Padfone requires the brains of a smartphone to work. The Padfone tablet hardware serves as a larger display for the smartphone and provides a better listening experience, a longer battery life and a few extra features that ASUS is yet to announce.  

Visitors to Computex will be able to glimpse at a mock-up of the hybrid contraption, however, the Padfone is not expected to reach the market until the Christmas period.  

ASUS is rumored to be planning to launch second iterations of its innovative Android-based Transformer and Slider tablets around the same time.

Also on show at ASUS’s Computex booth is the UX Series ultraportables. The ultra slim Windows 7 laptops measure 17mm at their thickest point. The UX Series is crafted with a light but hardy aluminum alloy shell and features Sandy Bridge Core 2011 processors, an oversized keyboard and a smartphone-like touchpad.

While the UX Series ultraportables look like blatant copies of Apple's MacBook Air, the designs of ASUS's newest All-in-One PC and the redesigned N Series notebooks were developed in collaboration with product designer David Lewis.

The glossy N Series notebooks sport a dedicated external subwoofer for deep bass extension and come with the same "well-appointed luxury" styling as ASUS’s new 27” HD All-in-One ET2700XVT desktop PC.

Keeping its promise to deliver a MeeGo-powered netbook, ASUS unveiled the EeePC X101 at Computex. The EeePC X101 netbook will sell for just $199.

ASUS took the wraps off the Eee Pad MeMO 3D tablet, a device that fits into the company's recently announced lineup of Eee Pad Slider, Eee Pad Transformer and Eee Slate tablets. The compact Android tablet has a 7" multitouch screen that is capable of displaying 3D images without the need for glasses.

ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih said the company is striving to "bring users the devices of their dreams." Mr Shih added that, "Breaking the rules and changing the status quo are the keys to our success, and we strive to offer customers an experience that surpasses their expectations."

Computex runs from May 31 to June 4 at the Taipei Word Trade Center in Taipei, Taiwan.

http://www.computextaipei.com.tw/

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