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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  • Subyman - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    Yeah, that is a huge omission. $800 TN, hell no. I had a 28" TN panel before. Once the panel gets so large on a TN display, the terrible view angle disrupts the picture even when sitting directly in front of it. No thanks. I could definitely do a PLS though. I'll cross my fingers.
  • chizow - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    It really depends on the quality of the panel, I have a 27" VG278H TN and it really isn't any worst in terms of color shifting than a 24" P-MVA Gateway and Dell U2410 I have in the same room. All 3 are MUCH better than the a 23" Dell Alienware AW2310 I have. Definitely something you need to see in person before buying though to make sure it's something you can live with.
  • Razorbak86 - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    Looks like it is a TN panel...
  • chizow - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    It still means something, maybe not to the die hard IPS fans, but there's certainly plenty in the market for high-res, high refresh, G-Sync capable monitors that would prefer the crisp frame transitions and lack of motion blur on this TN compared to a 60Hz IPS panel.
  • MrSpadge - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link

    Agreed: "1 ms response time" is very very likely TN and hence worthless for me. Well, Asus thinks it needs this "super gamer" tag, so anything else than TN is out.

    Actually with GSync you shouldn't need 120 Hz at all. And it could not only be used for games: I would love to use GSync with an IPS panel to get rid of stutter due to frame rate mismatch in videos (files, streaming.. everything).
  • MrSpadge - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link

    Edit: some will say they want 120+ Hz for snappier input response. But this really a dumb brute force solution: just decouple inputs processing from display refresh in software and you're done!
  • evonitzer - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    Ah, no mention of the Fonepad? I was hoping that product could get a few more iterations and thinner bezels. Maybe I'll have to pick up the current one to play with.
  • Hrel - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    Too bad it doesn't have HMDI on the monitor, strange.
  • dylan522p - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    HDMI is useless. It couldn't drive this monitor at 120+ HZ. Using HDMI would make this monitor worse.
  • chizow - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    Not useless, it's good for using as an HDTV in an office or whatever from a cable box set top box or if you want to hook up your console to it. Adapters are hit or miss, in my experience.

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