This year at the Consumer Electronics Show, ASUS are attacking mobile in more ways than one.  We have bodies/editors on the ground to get hands on with all the equipment on display, but ASUS provided a few apt press releases in advance for us.  They include the PadFone Mini, the Transformer Book Duet TD300, the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5, ZenFone 6, the VivoTab Note 8, the Padfone X and the ROG 27” Gaming Monitor, all with specifications, images, details and for a few, release date and pricing. 

New at CES: The ROG SWIFT PG278Q – a 27” 1400p 120Hz Monitor for $800 with G-SYNC

Several months ago I was looking at new monitors, deciding whether I wanted a 1440p or 120 Hz panel.  No one panel I could find would offer both, but ASUS have jumped that barrier today by announcing the ROG SWIFT PG278Q, fully equipped with G-SYNC.

The PG278Q, along with the 2560x1440 resolution, 120 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time and G-SYNC, also comes with ASUS GamePlus, an OSD overlay that puts crosshairs and a timer function on the monitor display, allowing users to hone their skills (or aid in various gameplay environments).  The monitor has a single DP1.2 port for native WQHD, dual USB 3.0 ports and VESA wall mount capability, along with a 6mm bezel to minimize overlap in multi-monitor setups.

Pricing should start at $799, with availability in APAC, EU and NA markets in early Q2.

New at CES: The PadFone X on AT&T

ASUS have partnered with AT&T for their PadFone X – an LTE enabled 5” 1080p smartphone that slots into a 9” 1080p tablet when docked.  The PadFone X will come shipped with Android 4.4, and is designed to be a top premium product, using brushed metal frame and soft-touch back cover as well as supporting VoLTE and NFC along with Isis Mobile Wallet.

Much like the other PadFones, one of the good things about the design is the tablet offers that extended battery – the dock for the PadFoneX will also charge the phone battery while it is in use.

Pricing and availability should be announced later today.

Transformer Book Duet TD300 and VivoTab Note 8
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  • TheJian - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link

    No, we are conditioned to pay higher prices for two reasons. The products is actually better, or it's a brand new tech everyone wants (sometimes both reasons I guess, like here).

    $600 is reasonable to you, but if it sells out, nobody agrees with you right? Having said that, I'll wait for at least 4-5 brands competing because I refuse to be the 1st adopter that gets raped :) Once the shine wears off (next xmas) I'll have tons of choices and much better NON 1st adopter pricing. I paid $600 for a 24 in 2007 and $900 for my Viewsonic PT813 years before (at OEM pricing, because I bought it to DEMO as a reseller you could do this legally, saved $200 or so). So I'm ok with the price, I just want something else and more models to choose from. I'm hoping for 2560x1600. I hate wide crap for games or web pages. I want 16:10 and maybe a shot at 30in for $1000 for xmas (or I hope top end $700 27in, but I'd pay $800 for 16:10 27in).
  • TheJian - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link
    Lowest price of a brand I recognize (acer) is $500. You'd have to GIVE me a Korean monitor to get me to use one. I don't find that junk appealing, nor will I Ebay a monitor :) I still can't believe Ryan thought that was a good idea in 2012 660ti article...ROFL. Catleap's etc from some guy on Ebay? My Visa# to that guy? ROFL. Whatever...To this day he's still pushing this crap as a res tons of people use (lies) and they still are 2% of the market for 1440p+ combined (all resolutions at or above this). It hasn't changed.
  • euler007 - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link

    Don't mind the price tag, will order as soon as it is in stock.
  • WaitingForNehalem - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    This is my dream monitor! Could not care less about the dime-a-dozen mobile products.
  • Sabresiberian - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    I'm actually a little miffed at Asus for not making Windows phones. I mean, I've spent plenty of money on their products for Windows computers, I'd like them to support me in the rest of their devices as well! (I'm not buying a tablet. Sorry, a smart phone is as close as I ever plan to get there - maybe a solution that happens to be convertible, but no outright tablets for me.)

    I'd love to see a serious Asus design of a Windows phone. They don't always hit the mark with their products, but they are always interesting.
  • dragonsqrrl - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    Looks like THE g-sync monitor to get. It's everything everyone's been asking for.
  • Jodiuh - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link mention of panel type? 1400P + 120hz + Gsync mean nothing if this is a TN.
  • Friendly0Fire - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    Precisely. If this is IPS, it's my dream panel. If it's TN, it better have fantastic picture quality and viewing angles or you just lost me.
  • efeman - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    Very unlikely that it'll be IPS. Maybe VA or PLS, either of which would be nice. But more than likely it's TN, for a product like this at that price.
  • sandineyes - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    I've never heard of a 1440p 27inch panel that wasn't either IPS, PLS, or AHVA, and $800 bucks is pretty average for such a display. The G-sync and 120Hz might make it seem like it should be more, but my guess is that as a gaming monitor, it won't have any fancy features like hardware calibration support or factory calibration presets (because obviously gamers care nothing for image quality, right?). There have also been some 28 inch 4k displays announced for around this price, so I imagine that might have an influence on pricing as well.

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