ASUS has been nailing it lately, offering affordable devices without compromising on design. The Zenfone line has boosted the Taiwanese brand’s local presence. Now, it is bringing that same philosophy to its tablet lineup with the updated MeMO Pad 8 and Fonepad 8. Its Padfone lineup also gets a new entry with the Padfone S, and is poised to be one of best options in terms of value for money.
The new Fonepad 8 has the model number FE380CG, and it retains the same dual-SIM connectivity. It’s a 3G device, featuring a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3530 system-on-chip. It comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. There is a microSD slot that officially supports cards of up to 64GB, and ASUS also offers 5GB of ASUS WebStorage Space. The 8in display has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, with a 2MP front-facing camera hiding at the top, and a 5MP shooter at the back. The tablet rocks two front speakers for your music and media to be as loud as possible. The Fonepad 8 runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, and is priced at RM 649.
The MeMO Pad 8 also gets a more premium makeover, now bearing the model number ME581CL. Claiming to be the world’s lightest 4G LTE tablet, this 8-incher has Intel inside, with a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 ticking within. The processor is paired with 2GB of RAM and it comes with 16GB of internal storage. Its microSD slot officially supports cards of up to 64GB. The display resolution of the tablet is a sharp 1920 x 1200 pixels, and the tablet runs on Android 4.4 KitKat. The MeMO Pad 8 is priced at RM 1,099.
The Padfone S is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, and comes paired with 2GB of RAM and a 13MP PixelMaster camera. The 5in display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The docking station is a 9in tablet that has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, bumping the resolution ever so slightly. Combined, the Padfone-dock offers a massive 7290mAh battery capacity, with the phone itself packing a 2,300mAh cell, and the dock offering 4,990mAh. The Padfone S itself costs RM 899, with the docking station estimated to be priced at RM 499.