Computex 2014: Asus Launches PadFone S; Refreshes Zenfone 4 and Zenfone 5

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Computex 2014: Asus Launches PadFone S; Refreshes Zenfone 4 and Zenfone 5
Asus kicked off its Computex 2014 campaign with the launch of two new Asus Fonepad tablet models, and the LTE-enabled version of the Asus MeMOPad 8.

Now, Asus has launched the new PadFone smartphone-tablet hybrid dubbed Padfone S, which is being touted as the global version of the 5-inch Asus PadFone X, which fits into an 8.9-inch tablet dock, that was first announced at CES this year.

The Taiwanese handset maker also refreshed its Zenfone smartphone line-up - Zenfone 4 and Zenfone 5 - originally launched in April. The company has also announced that the Padfone S can be expected to hit selective markets by Q3, while the Zenfone 4 and the Zenfone 5 smartphones are said to be available sometime between late Q3 and early Q4 in selective markets.

Unfortunately, Asus has not revealed price details of the three devices - Padfone S, Zenfone 4, and Zenfone 5.

The Padfone S smartphone features a 5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display and is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AB) processor alongside 2GB of RAM. There is a 13-megapixel rear camera onboard, while the smartphone also features a 2-megapixel front camera. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box. The smartphone is backed by a 2300mAh battery. There is no word on inbuilt storage and connectivity options.

Much like its other Padfone devices, the PadFone S comes with a tablet docking station, which in this case features an 9-inch full-HD (1920x1200 pixels) display. Like previous iterations, the smartphone fits into the tablet dock, powering the tablet with its hardware. The tablet dock packs a huge 4990mAh battery.

The Zenfone 5 has been refreshed with LTE network support and is now powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400, instead of an Intel chipset, while the Zenfone 4 will come with an upgraded Intel chipset. Rest of the specifications are same as the original Zenfone 4 and Zenfone 5 smartphones.


Asus at Computex 2014
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Great Pricing
  • Solid build quality
  • Fantastic performance and battery life
  • Bad
  • Still running Android 4.3
  • Scratch-prone camera lens
  • Occasional heat problem
Display5.00-inch
ProcessorIntel Atom Z2560
Front Camera2-megapixel
Rear Camera8-megapixel
RAM2GB
Storage8GB
Battery Capacity2110mAh
OSAndroid 4.3
Resolution720x1280 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Good performance and features
  • Very good camera with Full-HD recording
  • Good build quality
  • Excellent value for money
  • Bad
  • Average battery life
  • Poor screen visibility
Display4.00-inch
ProcessorIntel Atom Z2520
Front Camera0.3-megapixel
Rear Camera5-megapixel
RAM1GB
Storage8GB
Battery Capacity1600mAh
OSAndroid 4.3
Resolution480x800 pixels
Display5.00-inch
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB
Front Camera2-megapixel
Rear Camera13-megapixel
RAM2GB
Storage16GB
Battery Capacity2300mAh
OSAndroid 4.4
Resolution1080x1920 pixels
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