COMPUTEX 14: ASUS Says Goodbye to ARM?

#1 Edited by NVIDIATI (7854 posts) -

ASUS, during their press event, had announced a number of new 'mobile' devices that all had one thing in common. They all use Intel chips, not a single ARM SoC to be found.

New ASUS mobile products:

ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi

Known specifications:

  • Windows 8.1 / 8.1 Pro
  • 14 nm Intel Core M
  • iSSD storage
  • 12.5" 2560 x 1440 IPS display
  • 2 GB or 4 GB LPDDR3 1600
  • 4G LTE
  • Tablet: 7.3 mm (at thickest point)
  • Tablet + keyboard dock: 14.3 mm

ASUS Transformer Book V

Known specifications of phone portion:

  • Android 4.4 with Zen UI
  • 5" IPS display
  • Intel Moorefield SoC
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 4G LTE
  • up to 64 GB eMMC
  • 2 MP front / 8 MP rear camera
  • 2550 mAh battery
  • 148 x 73 x 11 mm
  • 140 g

Known specifications of tablet portion:

  • Windows 8.1 / 8.1 Pro
  • 14 nm Intel Core M
  • 12.5" IPS display
  • up to 128 GB eMMC & 1 TB in keyboard dock
  • 4 GB LPDDR3 1600
  • 28 Wh
  • 10 hour battery life

ASUS Transformer Pad TF303CL

Known specifications:

  • Android 4.4
  • 10.1" 1920 x 1200 IPS display
  • Intel Z3745
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 4G LTE
  • GPS/GLONASS
  • BT 4.0 | DB 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • 16 GB / 32 GB eMMC
  • 1.2 MP front / 5 MP rear camera
  • 25 Wh battery
  • 257.4 x 178.4 x 9.9 (19.8 when docked) mm
  • Tablet: 595 g
  • Tablet + keyboard: 1.1 Kg

ASUS MeMO Pad ME581CL

Known specifications:

  • Android 4.4
  • 8" 1920 x 1200 IPS display
  • Intel Z3580 (Moorefield)
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 4G LTE
  • GPS/GLONASS
  • BT 4.0 | DB 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • 16 GB / 32 GB eMMC
  • 1.2 MP front / 5 MP rear camera
  • 15.2 Wh battery
  • 213 x 123 x 7.45 mm
  • 299 g

ASUS Fonepad FE380CG

Known specifications:

  • Android 4.4
  • 8" 1280 x 800 IPS display
  • Intel Z3560
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 3G
  • GPS/GLONASS
  • BT 4.0 | DB 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • 8 GB / 16 GB eMMC
  • 2 MP front / 5 MP rear camera
  • 15.2 Wh battery
  • 120 x 214 x 8.9 mm
  • 328 g

ASUS Fonepad FE375CG

Known specifications:

  • Android 4.4
  • 7" 1280 x 800 IPS display
  • Intel Z3560
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 3G
  • GPS/GLONASS
  • BT 4.0 | DB 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • 8 GB / 16 GB eMMC
  • 2 MP front / 5 MP rear camera
  • 15.2 Wh battery
  • 108 x 194.3 x 9.8 mm
  • 299 g
#2 Posted by musicalmac (23635 posts) -

This stuff really is getting VERY interesting. What we have here is the kitchen sink, powered entirely by Intel. I think it's fascinating to see companies leaning in such different directions. MS and Asus here are really seeing Intel's low power chips as their future, while Apple sees high powered ARM in their future (if the rumors and speculation match as well as they seem to with Apple's current course).

I think we're in for a treat over the next few years, because I wonder if we'll once again get two competing yet similarly powerful options for devices (Intel Pentium series vs IBM PowerPC series type thing). It's exciting.

#3 Edited by NVIDIATI (7854 posts) -

@musicalmac The T300 Chi is the only product that has my interest. A thin and light 2-in-1 with a fanless Broadwell-Y chip.

For comparison, the Surface Pro 3 is 9.14 mm thick, while the tablet portion is only 7.3 mm (and 3.0 mm towards the edges), even the iPad Air is 7.5 mm.

The only thing keeping Intel's Broadwell-Y from taking away from Cherry Trail-T is price. Otherwise we're finally seeing some great performance in thin/light form factors.

Intel's Computex press event is a day or so away, I'm sure we'll have lots of exciting news on upcoming products.

EDIT: correction, the T300 Chi is using Intel's 14 nm Core M which is Intel's branding for Broadwell Y.