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Monday, 30 May 2011 13:14

Asus' Padfone breaks cover

Written by Slobodan Simic

Looks pretty good

Asus' upcoming pride and joy of the tablet/mobile lineup has shown its face ahead of the scheduled Computex official announcement, and it appears to be exactly what some rumoures suggested earlier. Namely, an Android based smartphone that docks into a larger tablet based device, or simply the Asus Padfone.

The specs are unfortunately still unknown but what we do know is that we are looking at a 4.3-inch smartphone that can be docked into what appears to be a 10.1-inch slate. The "tablet dock", as we can easily call it, will feature an extended battery for the smartphone, a front-facing camera and a bunch of ports that should give that smartphone a true tablet experience. The back camera is actually a smartphone one while the WiFi and 3G connectivity will most like be borrowed from the smartphone as well.

The entire concept looks pretty good and it has taken the Asus Transformer design a notch further as it combines a smartphone with a tablet/screen dock. After all, some of the current high-end smartphones are pretty much equal to the tablets that you can actually buy.

Asus didn't reveal any official details regarding the actual date, price or the precise specs but has said that it isn't some showcase concept but rather a device that will show hit retail sooner or later. Engadget managed to score some unofficial details claiming that the device is planned for launch sometimes around Christmas and that it might actually run on Google's Ice Cream Sandwich Android OS.

You can check out the hands-on over at Endgadget.com.





Last modified on Monday, 30 May 2011 13:58
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-9 #1 chyll2 2011-05-30 15:42
I'll just buy a smartphone and a tablet(if I ever need one). Im pretty sure that tablet extension would be expensive.
+15 #2 DaRAGE 2011-05-30 18:38
That's a pretty neat idea. Whoever thought of that should get a pay rise. The pad wouldn't cost as much compared as it pretty much runs off the phone. All your details will be on the phone, thus in the pad. It's all set up and ready for use just with a bigger screen for nice reading, or web surfing, or movie playing.

Another benefit is to differentiate it's phone from the other smartphone makers all offering same hardware, same android operating system. More people will look for this hardware if they're wanting a tablet as well.

Good stuff ASUS you get two thumbs up from me.
+10 #3 123s 2011-05-30 18:57
Its kinda cool...
+1 #4 jozef 2011-05-31 09:35
I like it. Very cool idea, good imagination. Hope it lives up to the hype!
-1 #5 chadyao 2011-06-01 04:53
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