Asus' cut-size Padfone Mini combo announced in Taiwan

Asus' cut-size Padfone Mini combo announced in TaiwanWe knew it was coming, and bang on cue Asus has announced the Padfone Mini over on its home turf in Taiwan, giving us a new twist on the hybrid phone-tablet mashup.

And as suggested by the “Mini” title, the main point is that it's smaller than the Padfones that have come before, ditching the 10.1in tablet for a 7-incher, which houses a smaller 4.3in phone component.

Simple enough, but how does the new arrival compare elsewhere to the full-size model? In truth, not that well – not when lined up against the latest Padfone Infinity announced in September anyway.

At its heart is a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor (as opposed to the Infinity's S800), helped along by 1GB of RAM and with 16GB of storage expandable via microSD card.

The 4.3in phone has a 960 x 540 resolution while the tablet gives you 1280 x 800, well short of the full HD resolution of both devices on the Infinity.

The 1500mAh and 2200mAh battery combo looks sufficient but not much more than that, and the whole shebang runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

In other words, the Padfone Mini is a step down from the full-size model in just about every way – in fact, it's not even close to matching the year-old Padfone 2 (the only model in the bloated Padfone family actually available in the UK as of right now).

It remains a mystery why so many compact versions of popular tablets and smartphones force consumers to scale back everywhere else too.

Lower screen resolution and battery capacity are one thing, but is it not possible to at least give us the option of having something like a Snapdragon 800 processor in a 7in tablet or sub-4.5in smartphone?

Anyway, the Padfone Mini has been priced in Taiwan at around £280. There's no indication as to if/when it'll land in the UK, so don't get your hopes up.

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Stelph  Dec. 11, 2013 at 15:31

Is that the right photo? The announcement video shows the phone slot being at 90 degress to the one shown

I have seen comments that padfone is coming to the EU and the UK Q1 2014, tho thats apparently after some assessment of what is required to get it on the market here before they confirm specs and pricing, which I read as "what can we tweak/get away with charging in the EU above £280"


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