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Asus Details Padfone 2, New Windows 8 Laptops

Asus CEO Jerry Shen has revealed more details on the firm's Padfone 2, a smartphone/tablet hybrid, in addition to discussing three new Windows 8-powered laptops.

While the Taiwanese company's successor to the Padfone is due to officially reveal the device at an event tomorrow, Shen unveiled some early details with Bloomberg.

He confirmed the Padfone 2, which will be slimmer than its 9.2mm predecessor, will feature a 13-megapixel camera, as well as a 4.7-inch HD screen. Comparatively, the original Padfone contained a 8-megapixel camera and 4.3-inch display.

The Padfone operates as a smartphone, which can be plugged into the Padfone Station that transforms it into a tablet, whilst also charging it simultaneously. The tablet can then be linked to a keyboard, essentially making it a fully-fledged Android-powered laptop. The Padphone 2 is expected to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Shen also detailed three new Windows 8-powered laptops: the Taichi, the UX51 and the U38. The Taichi's launch schedule will be announced during December, while the latter two are said to be due for a November release following Windows 8's October 26 launch.

The Taichi features an Intel core i7 processor, as well as two touchscreens with one situated on the device's lid. Consequently, the laptop can be shut and then used as a tablet. The UX51, meanwhile, will run on an Intel core i7 processor and have a 15.6-inch touchscreen. The U38 will contain an AMD processor and 13.3-inch touchscreen.

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