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ASUS tablet goes 3D; smartphone and tablet come together with PadPhone

ASUS revealed a whole bunch of products at Computex 2011, including a new Padfone (which isn’t, apparently, a mobile phone for dogs), a 3D tablet, an all-in-one desktop and some Eee PC.

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So, where to start? Well, let’s go with the technology of the moment – 3D and tablet all combined into one product, it’s got to be worth a look. The Eee Pad MeMO 3D features glasses-free 3D entertainment, which offers the chance to enjoy 3D games and movies when you’re on the move. Whether it suffers from the same issues as the Nintendo’s 3D DS remains to be seen, as no samples are yet available. Apart from its 3D capabilities, this tablet has the latest Android OS (Honeycomb, which has been optimised for use on tablets) and a 7in multi-touch screen, which can be used in the usual way, or with a stylus to act as a digital note-taker.

The Padfone, meanwhile, aims to offer the best of both worlds – smartphone and tablet – in one device. Transferring data is always a bit of a hassle, and that’s where ASUS has come up with a neat idea. The smartphone docks inside the 101in tablet, integrating seamlessly to share data and 3G internet access, as well as charging from the battery.

It’s a clever idea, as many people have been dithering about whether they should stick with a pocket-size phone or enjoy the benefits of a larger screen, and the Padphone means they don’t have to make a choice. Keep an ear out later in the year for pricing and availability.

ASUS also claims to have come up with the world’s thinnest 27in all-in-one PC, in the shape of the ET2700XVT. The PC has a 10-point multi-touch screen, integrated digital TV tuner, Blu-ray and an ultra-wide 178-degree viewing angle, so not only is it a desktop replacement, it’s a TV replacement too – perfect for a student at university, or for a bedroom, where you don’t want to take up oodles of space with gadgetry.

Finally, AUS has added three new models to its Eee PC range, this time focusing on computing on the go. The 10.1in Eee PC X101 is an ultraportable computer with a QWERTY keyboard, wireless and social networking support as well as the latest Intel Aton 435 processor. Its big brother is the X101H, which can include either Intel MeeGo or Windows & and either an HD or SSD drive. It is also available in a number of colours. Finally, Asus has reinvented the Seashell in the form of the Eee PC 1025 series, which crams an Intel Dual Core tom processor and 14 hours of battery life into its tiny chassis. Entertainment is key, with HDMI output and a 4x zoom webcam.

None of the products are available yet, but we will keep you updated on launch dates and prices.

More on all of the new ASUS products mentioned here, plus a few more, at http://www.techinstyle.tv