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Asustek presents new budget ZenFones

Staff writer, with CNA

Asustek Computer Inc (華碩) on Monday unveiled its new series of low-cost ZenFone smartphones at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The three ZenFone models, priced as low as US$99, feature screen sizes from 4 to 6 inches and are available in an array of colors, the world’s fifth-largest PC brand said in a statement.

Asustek’s other launches at the trade show include its dual-operating-system Transformer Book Duet, tablet-phone hybrid PadFone Mini and premium gaming monitor ROG Swift PG278Q.

“Asustek is passionate about technology and driven by innovation. We dream, we dare and we strive to create an effortless and joyful digital life for everyone,” Asustek chairman Jonney Shih (施崇棠) said at a pre-show press conference.

Also on Monday, AT&T Inc announced plans to sell a variant of Asustek’s PadFone, the PadFone X, exclusively in the US, but did not reveal pricing or availability details.

The PadFone X is a 5-inch full-HD smartphone that activates a 9-inch full-HD tablet when docked. It runs Google Inc’s Android 4.4 KitKat operating system and features dual front speakers.

Also at the US trade show, Acer Inc (宏碁), the world’s fourth-largest PC maker, said it has launched a new 5-inch smartphone model called the “Liquid Z5,” a 7.9-inch Android-powered tablet codenamed “A1-830” and two all-in-one desktop models.

Additional reporting by Helen Ku

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