Check this out, Asus has launched the PadFone S and the LTE variant of its ZenFone 5 smartphone in its homeland, Taiwan. The PadFone S is the international model of the PadFone X that was introduced by AT&T a few months ago. It’s not long I predict before we start seeing these combos flood into the United States as it becomes more and more important for synchronicity between devices. This is a concept Apple started pushing a few years ago to really redefine the age we live in and they’ve met with a lot of success but really we have to ask, is Asus takings to a whole new level?
Asus PadFone S sports a 5-inch Full HD display and unlike the PadFone X that runs on a Snapdragon 800 chipset, the global variant will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset clocked at 2.3GHz. Apart from the upgraded chip, the other hardware specs remain unaltered – 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 13 megapixel rear camera and a 9-inch tablet dock.
The LTE variant of the ZenFone 5 has had a significant change over the 3G model. It now comes with a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset instead of the Intel Atom Z2580 processor. With the new silicon on board, the ZenFone 5 now supports all the LTE bands in the country. All other specifications remain identical to the original model – 5-inch HD display, 2GB of RAM and 8 megapixel rear camera.
Both the Asus PadFone S and the ZenFone 5 LTE will be available in Taiwan starting today and will cost you TWD 9,999 (about $335) and TWD 6,990 (about $235) respectively. The tablet dock for the PadFone S will be sold separately and is priced at TWD 5,000 (about $170).
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