Asus Padphone

Thursday, 1 March 2012 0 comments

ASUS Padfone  ASUS Padfone
If your memory serves you well, you might recall that ASUS originally announced the Padfone tablet/smartphone hybrid device back in May of 2011. It then reminded us in October that it plans to bring the unique concept to market in 2012, and now it has announced the final design and specs of the Padfone. The main idea hasn't changed much - its a smartphone that docks inside of a tablet - but the hardware has been refined a bit and the phone is using some modern silicon.

The phone component of the Padfone features a 4.3-inch, qHD (540 x 960 pixel) Super AMOLED display and a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. The tablet portion of the Padfone has a 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display and uses the phone's prcoessor when the phone is docked inside. The phone has an 8 megapixel camera and VGA front facing camera, while the tablet has a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera.
The whole rig runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and ASUS is offering a keyboard dock similar to what it has for the Transformer Prime. The dock adds 9 times the battery life of the puny 1,520mAh battery in the phone, while the tablet itself increases it by 5 times. Essentially, ASUS is providing a device that you can use one SIM card with and have a smartphone, tablet, or laptop depending on your needs.
ASUS says that it will begin shipping an HSPA version Padfone in April with an LTE model due later on in the year.

With the launch of iPad, Apple introduced a new category of computing devices that were light and portable like mobile phones but more powerful than most netbook style computers.
Taiwanese computer maker Asus is taking a step further by marrying these two different devices into one. They have introduced Padphone, an hybrid device that looks like any other touch tablet but with a kangaroo pouch for carrying a smartphone. In other words, the tablet body itself acts as a case for the phone.
ASUS Padfone
Why would anyone want an Asus Padphone? Well there are a few innovations listed in the specs that really impress.
One, you can have a single SIM card and share the data connection with both the phone and the tablet. The tablet can be used as a standalone charger for the mobile phone. The Padphone runs on Google Android and you don’t ever have to worry about transferring your files and other from the phone to the tablet or vice-versa.
The ASUS Padfone is a device that explores one possible convergence between two popular mobile devices – the smartphone and tablet. The Padfone solves the problem of data transfer hassles and multiple SIM cards when both a smartphone and 3G tablet are used.
With the Padfone, the smartphone docks inside the tablet to give users an expanded view to suit their tasks. With the phone docked, it can recharge from the tablet’s larger battery and the tablet can also make use of the smartphone’s 3G internet connection. The dual interfaces for both the pad and phone ensure an enhanced user experience as the layout is automatically adjusted for all activities such as video conferencing, web browsing and emailing.
asus padphone
There’s no word on pricing or availability yet but it will interesting to see how it shapes up in the coming months. Watch the following videos to get some more idea of Asus Padphone.


GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G NetworkHSDPA
Announced2012, February
StatusComing soon. Exp. release 2012, April
BODYDimensions128 x 65.4 x 9.2 mm
Weight129 g
- Optional Padfone Station with 10.1 inches display
DISPLAYTypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inches (~256 ppi pixel density)
SOUNDAlert typesVibration, MP3 ringtones
3.5mm jackYes
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 32GB
Internal16/32 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, with A2DP
USBYes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERAPrimary8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
SecondaryYes, VGA
FEATURESOSAndroid OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon
CPUDual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion
GPUAdreno 225
SensorsAccelerometer, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
BrowserHTML5, Adobe Flash
GPSYes, with A-GPS support
JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
- SNS integration
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
- MP4/H.264/H.263 player
- Organizer
- Document viewer
- Photo viewer/editor
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input (Swype)
BATTERYStandard battery, Li-Ion 1520 mAh
Stand-byUp to 373 h (2G) / Up to 440 h (3G)
Talk timeUp to 10 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 8 h 30 min (3G)


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