Asus officially launches the PadFone S and ZenFone 5 LTE

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. 

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12 Comments

1. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

2. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

We do... :D

3. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

That screen looks REALLY good!

5. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Yes whoever edited those pictures is really talented.

4. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

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

6. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Did LG invent brushed metallic plastic now?

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.

7. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

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

9. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 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: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

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

12. cosimonh

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 27, 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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