Asus, Acer and HP Announcements at Computex 2014

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Acer, Asus and HP made significant announcements at Computex 2014 today in Taiwan.

Computex is largest ICT trade show in Asia and the second largest in the world. It attracts over 130,000 visitors and 1,700 exhibitors using 5,000 booths.

ASUS made eight announcements at their press conference today in Taiwan.

They included a new 8-inch Fonepad, a new Transformer Book V powered by both Android and Windows, and a super-slim Transformer Book T300 Chi. All of those are powered by Intel processors.

  • The Transformer Book V is named for its ability to run in five different modes. You can use it as an Android phone, tablet or laptop; or you can switch it to a Windows tablet or use it as a notebook. It will have up to 64GB of onboard storage, and has 2GB of RAM. The 12.5-inch tablet/laptop has its own Windows 8.1 brain running on Intel Core architecture. Then you have the 5-inch, ZenFone 5-like Android 4.4 phone, the first to run on Intel’s 64-bit quad-core Atom (Moorefield) chip with LTE. When docked, the phone’s Android interface is displayed within Windows 8.
  • The Transformer Book T300 features LTE and a 2560×1440 IPS display in a 12.5-inch panel. ASUS is only saysing it uses an Intel next generation CPU and low power Core micro-architecture, like the Transformer Book V. The 7.3mm thin T300 Chi sports a super high-resolution display of 2,560×1,440-pixels, comes with 4G connectivity and runs Windows 8.
  • The ASUS Fonepad 7 and 8 use Intel Atom Z3560 1.8GHz quad-core processor and add 3G phone functions.
  • The ASUS MeMO Pad 7 and 8 will be available from mid-June. These affordable, 7- and 8-inch Android tablets feature the 64-bit Intel Atom Z3745 processor and HD 1280 x 800 IPS displays.
  • The 8-inch Asus Fonepad is larger than your face with an 8-inch 1,280×800-pixel display, and lets you make phone calls with a dual-SIM, 3G connectivity. It should be relatively affordable in the $300 (£180) range.
  • Asus Zenbook NX500 looks a lot like Apple’s MacBook Pro, and has an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor with a Nvidia GTX 850M graphics card. But the standout feature is its 4K screen, which has a 3840 by 2160 pixel resolution.

Acer at Computex focused on Android smartphones.

  • The Liquid X1 has a 5.7-inch 720p display and uses MediaTek’s MT6592 eight-core processor.
  • The Liquid E700 and E600 are both based on a 5-inch IPS display. But the E700 has a 720p display, MediaTek MT6582 processor, and supports up to three SIM cards. The E600 has a lower resolution display but uses a Snapdragon 400 chip with 4G LTE wireless.
  • The Liquid Z200 is a more basic model with 4-inch WVGA screen (480 by 800 pixels) and MediaTek MT6572M dual-core chip.
  • Acer also provided more details on the Liquid Jade smartphone and Leap smartband. The Jade has a 5-inch 720p display and uses MediaTek MT6582 quad-core processor. The Leap has a 1-inch touchscreen and can display incoming calls and texts; control music playback on a smartphone; and track steps, running distance, calories burned, and sleep cycles.
  • The Acer Iconia Tab 8 Tablet features Full HD Display with an Intel Atom quad-core processor.

HP at Computex focused on 2-in-1s. HP is still one of the world’s largest PC sellers but emphasized 2-in-1s, including models with hinges that rotate all the way backwards, and detachables, Chromebooks and the long-rumored SlateBook Android laptop powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor.

HP’s back-to-school PC lineup was announced yesterday. It includes:

  • HP’s lineup of touch convertible PCs including the new HP ENVY x360 and Pavilion x360, both of which enable customers to switch easily from a notebook to a stand, tent or tablet. The $679 Envy features an Intel Core processor, 15.6-inch Full HD 10-point touch screen. The $599 Pavilion x360 has a 13.3-inch touchscreen and is available with the latest Intel or AMD processors.
  • The $599 HP Split x2 combines tablet portability with notebook productivity with a powerful Intel Core processor, a 10-point touchscreen and Windows 8.1 OS.
  • The $429 HP SlateBook is an Android-powered notebook with a 14-inch Full HD touch screen with nine hours of battery life, an NVIDIA Tegra® 4 mobile processor, plus integrated GeForce graphics.
Posted by Sam Churchill on Monday, June 2nd, 2014 at 12:49 pm .

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