Asus is releasing 2 new tablets - the 8-inch Asus Fonepad 8 (FE380CG) and MeMO Pad 8 (ME581CL) - in the Malaysian markets. The tablets were both announced
at Computex 2014 without pricing.
According to Hardware Zone Singapore (via Phone Arena), the Asus Fonepad 8 (FE380CG) and MeMO Pad 8 (ME581CL) will be available in local markets starting October 10 and have been priced at SGD 299 (roughly Rs. 14,300) and SGD 499 (roughly Rs. 24,000) respectively.
Initially announced at Computex 2014, the Fonepad 8 (FE380CG) is a refreshed version of its predecessor while the MeMO Pad 8 (ME581CL) is the LTE-enabled version of the Asus MeMOPad 8.
The Fonepad 8 (FE380CG) tablet runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box with company's Asus ZenUI on top. It comes with built-in 3G connectivity and phone functionality.
The dual-SIM supporting Fonepad 8 (FE380CG) features an 8-inch display with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels resolution. Notably for the Fonepad 8, the company narrowed bezels to 5.06mm to provide a 72.2 percent screen-to-body ratio. The new 8-inch Asus Fonepad 8 (FE380CG) measures 12cm across.
It features the latest 64-bit Intel Atom Z3530 1.3GHz quad-core processor alongside 1GB of RAM. Notably, the company at Computex had announced Fonepad 8 tablet's version powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3560 1.8GHz quad-core processor.
The Asus Fonepad 8 (FE380CG) includes a 5-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The tablet weighs 328 grams and will be available in Black, White, Gold and Red colour variants.
The MeMO Pad 8 (ME581CL), on the other hand, was launched in partnership with KIDDI and was touted to be the "world's lightest 8-inch LTE tablet", by Asus. At 299 grams the tablet runs on Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box with company's latest intuitive Asus ZenUI on top.
The 8-inch Asus MeMO Pad 8 (ME581CL) features a full-HD 1920x1200 IPS display. It is powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 2.3GHz quad-core processor with no detail about the RAM size as of yet.
The Asus MeMO Pad 8 is same as the FonePad tablet at 5-megapixel rear camera and a front 2-megapixel camera. Connectivity on the tablet includes Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 4G LTE, and NFC.