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Computex: Asus Transformer Book Chi touted as 'world's thinnest tablet'

Firm also unveiled updated 7in and 8in Memo Pad tablets and the Asus Fonepad 8
Mon Jun 02 2014, 09:30

TAIPEI: ASUS HAS UNVEILED what it says is world's slimmest 12.5in two-in-one laptop and tablet, the Transformer Book T300 Chi, as well as updates to its Memopad range of tablets and a fresh palm-sized tablet-phone, the Fonepad 8.

With a fanless two-in-one design powered by Intel's next-generation processors, the Asus Transformer Book Chi is just just 7.3mm thick when detached from the keyboard. When docked into the keyboard it still measures a very slim 14.3mm combined thickness.

Asus Transformer Book V launch T300 Chi

Detailed specifications for the Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi are still thin on the ground, but we do know that it will feature 4G LTE support and will have a sizeable 2560x1440 resolution WQHD IPS display for near-4K visuals.

According to Asus CEO and president Jonney Shih, who announced the devices on stage at Computex today, 'Chi' is the "highest form of an invisible energy" in Chinese culture, in case you're interested, and is "perfect for both office and mobile productivity and entertainment".

Asus is keeping its T300 Chi laptop in a locked glass box so we were unable to get our hands on it.

Alongside the T300 Chi, Asus also showed off new Fonepad and Memo Pad series tablets.

Like previous iterations of the Fonepad, the Asus Fonepad 8 is an 8in tablet with built-in 3G connectivity and phone functionality, designed for users who want one device for both communications and entertainment.

Asus Fonepad 8 launch

The Asys Fonepad 8 has a narrow 5.06mm bezel as well as a HD 1280x800 resolution IPS display. Asus claims that there is a 72.2 percent screen-to-body ratio in the new Fonepad to provide "the largest viewing area of any 8in phablet on the market".

The Asus Fonepad 8 is powered by a quad-core 1.8GHz 64-bit Intel Atom Z3560 processor and has dual front speakers.

As for the new Asus Memo Pad variants, there will be 7in and 8in models, both powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom chip.

The Asus Memo Pad 7 comes equipped with a 5MP rear-facing camera and 2MP front-facing camera and is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor, while the Memo Pad 8 is a bit more special, according to Asus, as it is supposedly the world's lightest 8in LTE tablet.

Asus Memo Pad 8 launch

Packing a faster quad-core 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor, the Memo Pad 8 features 802.11ac WiFi and LTE connectivity as well as a full HD IPS display.

Shih said that despite its large 8in screen, the Memo Pad will easily fit in one hand due to its multi-layer coating with Non-Conductive Vacuum Metallization (NCVM) technology, and weighs 299g at 7.45mm thick.

The Asus Fonepad and Memo Pad will come with the firm's new Zen UI user interface, however the firm has yet to announce any firm pricing or release dates for the UK. Check back soon for a hands-on review of the Memo Pad 8 and FonePad 8. µ


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