Slides reveal new ASUS Pad Fone mini and more
Another slide mentions the previously unheard of ASUS PadFone mini. Even as smartphones get bigger, manufacturers continue to offer 'mini' versions of their most popular devices for those who get intimidated by large screens. In this case, it is unknown if the phone screen, the tablet screen, or both are reduced in size. Also of note is the ASUS MeMo Pad HD 8 which fills the gap between the company's 7 inch and 10 inch Android tablets and allows the OEM to compete with the 7.9 inch Apple iPad mini.
ASUS also will be making a 5 inch smartphone, according to the slides. While no specs have been mentioned, the MeMoFone HD 5 will most likely offer a 720 x 1280 resolution on a 5 inch screen. Considering that ASUS uses the MeMo name for its more affordable tablets, the MeMoFone is certain to be a low-cost entry in the smartphone market. You might also note a couple of Transformer models listed. CEO Jonney Shih said last month that his company was going to offer something "revolutionary" for both the PadFone and Transformer line as it enters the U.S. smartphone market in 2014.
The slides show that ASUS expects to sell over 1 million units of its new smartphone line.
Leaked slides show ASUS road map
source: VR-Zone (translated) via UnwiredView
8. buccob (Posts: 1372; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
I actually tried the PadFone 2 on a german store and it felt a bit cheap, I own an Asus Notebook (U47A) which is shameless based on MacBook Pro designs and it feels great...
But the PadFone 2 (Not Infinity) felt cheap, including the camera software... BUT I must say that the whole concept is awesome for me... If only they would release a model that support 3G for 1900 MHz.
PadFone Mini with Infinity design would be very interesting if priced right. But I am betting they will still make it 720p display on the phone and 800p on tablet... so that makes the tablet a bit oldish
2. PootisMan (Posts: 200; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)
I am really interested in the memofone HD 5. Maybe this is the new smartphone Asus was talking about.
3. PhoneCritic (Posts: 355; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Asus is really a silent player that has been having a huge amount of success in the Android arena. I believe we will see some really innovating things from them in the near future.
5. sri_tech (Posts: 188; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Only android device thats successful for them is Nexus 7. That too mostly because its a fantastic device for the price.
All other android devices (Memopads, padfones, fonepads, transformer tablets) are failed badly.
6. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
.......Unless you have proof of they're failure, shut up. Asus has had mixed success with all these devices. Entering the US market (and perhaps a price drop on the padfone, its tablet, and its keyboard dock) would be huge for them.
Also, "are failed badly" is the worst grammar you could possibly use. Either that, or a very retarded typo.
7. Spikes9s (Posts: 28; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)
You should wash your mouth before talking crap about ASUS... They one of the most inovative IT company out there, NR.1 world PC mainboard manufacturer, tor 3 tier rated laptop manufacturer in the world right there with Apple and Lenovo, top graphic card producer and the only one company in the world that back in the Intel 8086 CPU's days build a platform for that CPU without the blueprints from Intel... so zipp it troll
4. roscuthiii (Posts: 1786; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
A PadFone mini and a Fonepad HD 7? Covering all them bases huh?
9. Doakie (Posts: 1192; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Damn it. I just bought a first gen Fonepad! Oh well I still love my Fonepad anyways.