Asus officially launches the PadFone S and ZenFone 5 LTE
The PadFone S is the non-US version of AT&T’s Asus PadFone X, which is available Stateside since June. Unlike AT&T’s device, though, the PadFone S comes with a newer Snapdragon 801 processor (not the old Snapdragon 800), offers a splash-proof coating, and supports wireless charging. These seem to be the only differences between the two models. Thus, similarly to the PadFone X, the S is comprised of a 5-inch smartphone and a 9-inch tablet dock, both controlled by Android 4.4 KitKat. Asus is selling the PadFone S (including the smartphone and the tablet dock) for around $500 in Taiwan.
As for the ZenFone 5 LTE, this costs about $234 in Taiwan. As we assumed in May, when we first heard about the ZenFone 5 LTE, the new handset is powered by a Qualcomm processor (a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400, to be exact), so Asus ditched the Intel chipset that’s found inside the non-LTE version of the device. Asus also upgraded the ZenFone 5 LTE to Android 4.4 KitKat. That aside, the handset features a 5-inch 720p IPS display, 8MP rear camera, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable internal memory, and a 2,110 mAh battery.
sources: Asus Taiwan (1), (2) via Blog of Mobile
1. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
We need more launches with hot girls on screen......
5. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Yes whoever edited those pictures is really talented.
4. nbringer (Posts: 178; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
There is an annoying similarity with G3. Can you spot it?
6. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Did LG invent brushed metallic plastic now?
10. steedsofwar (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)
Actually Asus are more well known for their brushed metallic radial designs starting all the way back from their first transformer line, maybe 2011/2012 i think.https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:
Immediately after, almost all their phones had this design. I also remember seeing the Zenphone or Padfone with the lower lip designed that way before even the leaks of the G3. I could be wrong on the last theory there.
7. Doakie (Posts: 1320; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Well being that the Zenfone 5 was announced in January at CES; it's actually the other way around.
9. hung2900 (Posts: 821; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
Remember the first Samsung's WP 8 phone? How the hell did LG invent metallic plastic?
And Zenfones are announced months before G3
8. Doakie (Posts: 1320; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Why couldn't they have announced a Zenfone 6 LTE? I was pretty excited to get a Zenfone 6 until the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 was made available in the USA. Now the battery life on the Mate 2 sounds too good to pass up. But I want the low light capabilities of the Zenfone 6 camera.
11. Af1rPA (Posts: 148; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)
If the horizontal bezels were thinner then Asus would have a winner on its hands.
12. cosimonh (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Apr 2013)
Asus Padfone S is a winner! It's around USD$330 in Taiwan currently. Given it's a flagship standard, it's selling at mid-range prices!