The Asus Padfone was originally announced last May. It’s a very unique design that’s taken nearly a year to release to market. At Mobile World Congress here in Barcelona Asus has finally shown off the finished product.
The first thing to understand about the Padfone is that the main portion of the device is the phone not the tablet. The tablet is more or less a dock that is controlled and powered by the phone. The phone itself has some pretty heavyweight specs, which of course it needed in order to get the best experience from this hybrid device.
The Padfone is similar to the Motorola webtop devices in that the phone powers the accessories or docks to make, essentially a secondary device. Speaking of Motorola, we’re not sure if they will ever do anything with it but last year, they trademarked “Tab Dock” which could very well be a tablet type dock for a newer Motorola phone of course that Trademark was last March and we saw nothing come after it.
As for the Asus Padfone here are some of the specs:
– 4.3″ SuperAMOLED qHD display
– Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with Adreno 225 GPU
– 8mp camer with LED flash
– three internal memory sizes 16/32/64
– HDMI out
– 1520 mah battery
When the Padfone is docked with inside the tablet dock it powers the tablet and the tablets display. Asus says that when docked it adds significant battery life to both the phone and the tablet. The dock is sold separately. There is also a second dock available which gives the Padfone the option for a keyboard similar to the Asus Transformer.