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Asus officially launches the PadFone S and ZenFone 5 LTE

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Asus officially launches the PadFone S and ZenFone 5 LTE
Not long ago, we told you that Asus was getting ready to release a PadFone S and an LTE-capable variant of the ZenFone 5 smartphone. Well, both devices are now officially available to buy in Taiwan (Asus’ home country), and they might be launched in other markets in the near future.

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

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posted on 08 Jul 2014, 11:56

1. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

We need more launches with hot girls on screen......

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 12:05

2. hmd74 (Posts: 485; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)

We do... :D

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 12:14

3. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

That screen looks REALLY good!

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 13:22 2

5. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Yes whoever edited those pictures is really talented.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 12:17 2

4. nbringer (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

There is an annoying similarity with G3. Can you spot it?

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 13:24

6. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Did LG invent brushed metallic plastic now?

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 18:18 1

10. steedsofwar (unregistered)

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:ANd9GcQ7X6hbarWNFj8E6Hae-MQy_EwY6NB-lh4D0TsjcFpM6AQsgwewIg

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.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 14:20 2

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

Well being that the Zenfone 5 was announced in January at CES; it's actually the other way around.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 14:49

9. hung2900 (Posts: 965; 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

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 14:24

8. Doakie (Posts: 2227; 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.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 21:01

11. Af1rPA (Posts: 711; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)

If the horizontal bezels were thinner then Asus would have a winner on its hands.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 05:04

12. cosimonh (Posts: 12; 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!

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