It was just yesterday that I scribbled about the new Asus PadFone Infinity, but this is all part of Martin’s “secret plan to have you do one Asus story a day, progressively making them more and more confusing until your brain implodes”.
Ladies and gentlemen, as if all that stuff at IFA 2013 wasn’t enough (this, this and this), brace yourselves for the standalone MeMO Fone HD 5 smartphone and a smaller version of the PadFone setup. Cripes.
Interestingly, this all ties in nicely with that leaked product slide from back in August. Remember, the thing with TEN new devices on it? Seems it was bang on the proverbial money.
That being the case, we can expect a MeMO Fone HD 5 smartphone and PadFone Mini in January and/or February next year, which presumably means CES in Vegas and/or Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
As it stands, the MeMO Fone is a new product category for the Taiwanese (we've had various MeMO Pads), though the PadFone path is well worn, with the smartphone component docking in the tablet shell and what have you.
Specifically, the PadFone Mini will be comprised of a 4in phone and 7in tablet, the larger chap traditionally being 5in and 10in.
One has to wonder a) who buys these things, and b) how does Asus manage to stay afloat with such a convoluted portfolio?
Martin, consider my brain imploded.