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ASUS outs a trio of 64-bit Android KitKat slates: slim-bezel Fonepad 8, and MeMO Pad 8 as the lightest 8" LTE tablet

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ASUS outs a trio of 64-bit Android KitKat slates: slim-bezel Fonepad 8, and MeMO Pad 8 as the lightest 8
Apart from innovative tablet/laptop hybrids, Asus had three good old-fashioned Android slates to unveil today at the Computex 2014 expo. These belong in the Asus Fonepad and MeMO Pad, and are all powered by Intel's new Atom line of mobile processors. This makes the Fonepad 8, and the MeMO Pad 7/8 all 64-bit Android 4.4 KitKat devices, so let's recap what each one offers.

The Fonepad 8 seems to have the slowest, 1.8 GHz Atom Z3560 version of the quad-core processor, but it sports 3G connectivity, and Asus also managed to place an 8" 1280x800 IPS-LCD display inside, and surround it with just 5mm bezels. This makes the Fonepad 7 sport the best screen-to-body ratio amongst all 8" tablets out there, at 72.2% ratio. The tablet also flaunts dual stereo speakers, situated at the front.

The MeMO Pad 7 also has two stereo speakers, but comes with a smaller display, and powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core processor. Asus put a 5 MP camera on the rear of the 7-incher, and an HD 720p display in this one.

Another superlative comes in the form of the MeMO Pad 8, which Asus touts to be "the world’s lightest 8-inch LTE tablet." As the phrase implies, this is the Cadillac of the new Asus tablets, as it sports a 1080p resolution stuffed in an 8" display, a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 2.3GHz quad-core processor, and fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity. Not only that, but the MeMO Pad 8 has a premium multi-layer metal coating for the chassis, weighs just 10.55oz (299g), and is only 0.29 (7.3mm) thick to boot.

The three new Asus tablets are sporting a thoroughly overhauled Zen UI overlay, which the company touts to be "featuring over 1000 software enhancements and a new visual design." The redrawn interface is executed in the modern flat style, and introduces entirely new themes, transitional animations, notification sounds, and ringtones. Any takers?

source: Asus

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posted on 02 Jun 2014, 04:16 1

1. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

Rather buy a laptop than a tablet.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 04:20 3

3. eldyagustius (Posts: 177; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)

depends on the price and usability/functionality

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 06:42

11. joey_sfb (Posts: 6600; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

That's correct. Know any laptop that has Accelerator, GPS, Gyroscope, barometer and etc sensors.

Different needs different tools.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 04:42

7. Kamehameha (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Apr 2014)

"featuring over 1000 software enhancements"

"and a new visual design"

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 04:20

2. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

I am in the neighborhood for a small tablet, something to tide me over until the Tegra k1 comes around. But I am looking at an HTC One max. 1080 p screen boom sound speakers and a battery expanding case (adds 1200mah, bringing it to 4500mah!) that doesn't interfere with the micro usb port.Yes, I plan on buying a phone just to use it as a small tablet. these are rather un remarkable, I expected more from Asus.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 04:21

4. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

Liking the MemoPad 8! Hope it has a high resolution camera

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 04:25

5. Doakie (Posts: 2227; Member since: 06 May 2009)

Sort of want the Fonepad 8...

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 04:32

6. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)

bit silly that there seems to be no mention of the amount of RAM on these devices, since a large reason to move to 64-bit is to be able to allocate amounts greater than 4GB...

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 04:50

9. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)

Not a very large one though. Although 64-bit systems allow for 4+ GB of ram, the main motive behind moving to the new instruction set is more efficient storage, I/O and system performance.
The storage on 64-bit systems is more secure because it is allocated to randomised blocks within the storage, which can't be predicted as easily by a hacker, as compared to 32-bit systems with linear structure of storage.
Also, the 64-bit systems allow for higher memory bandwidth and better backwards compatibility and more efficient R/W from the random entropy generator, thus tackling any kinds of stutter which might have happened due to slower storage.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 09:19

15. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)

fair nuff, though i'm thinking a large portion of that stuff doesn't automatically become true just moving to 64-bit :-)

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 04:46 1

8. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)

Well, time for a new rom for my device. The UI looks nice though, I like it.
I'll try to port over the UI and features in form of a custom rom when the system dump comes in. It's time to give XDA some good contributions ;)

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 06:27 1

10. realjjj (Posts: 375; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)

Nice,too bad they killed em with "Incompatibility Inside".

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 07:33

12. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

I'd get the Fonepad 8 if it's priced low enough

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 07:41 1

13. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

1.8Ghz is on par with S801 2.5Ghz

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 08:18

14. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

... only in your dreams.
Silvermont cores are merely 10 to 15% more powerful in IPC than Krait 400.
And here you are talking a 40% increase in frequency.
In order to have the ame performance the Atom needs to be clocked AT least at 2.2 Ghz.
Here you have a little comparison of S801 (2.45GHz) against Atom Z3470 (1.86 GHz), the Snapdragon wins by quite a margin.

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