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Asus CEO reveals details of Padfone 2 and new Windows 8 laptops

Prior to the launch of the Padfone 2, Jerry Shen, CEO of Asus, has revealed what to expect from the smartphone/tablet hybrid, as well as a range of new Windows 8 laptops.

The Taiwanese company's new iteration of the Padfone is set to be unveiled in an event in Milan tomorrow, but that didn't deter Shen from some early divulging.

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, he declared that the Padfone 2 will carry a 13-megapixel camera and a 4.7in HD screen, improving upon the original Padfone's 8-megapixel camera and 4.3in display.

The Padfone is a smartphone that can be plugged into the Padfone Station, which transforms it into a tablet (and charges it at the same time). The tablet can itself be linked to a keyboard to convert it into an Android-based laptop. The extra devices cannot be used in the absence of the phone.

(opens in new tab)The Padfone 2, due to be slimmer than its 9.2mm predecessor, will slot straight into its associated tablet case without having to open up a hatch beforehand, and should run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

A series of official-looking photos of the product have recently surfaced online (opens in new tab), courtesy of evleaks.

Shen also discussed three new Windows 8-based laptops, namely the Taichi, the UX51 and the U38. The latter two are expected in November, in the aftermath of Windows 8's 26 October release, while the former's availability will be announced in December.

The Taichi will run on an Intel core i7 processor and Windows 8, and, intriguingly, will feature two touchscreens (the extra one on the lid), meaning that the laptop can be shut and subsequently used as a tablet.

The UX51 will run with an Intel core i7 processor and have a 15.6in touchscreen, while the U38 will sport an AMD processor and 13.3in touchscreen.

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