Hey guys. Good news if you’re currently fretting over the lack (ahem) of Asus PadFone devices, as the Taiwanese manufacturer is poised to add to the family of hybrid freak shows.
Prepare a space in your hearts for something called the Asus PadFone Mini, set to launch next Wednesday.
Engadget reports that its Chinese colleagues have received an invite to the Asus PadFone Mini launch in Taiwan, on December 11, around midday.
With the UK/Taiwan time difference being a good eight hours, that means the Asus PadFone mini will be a reality by the time you wake up on Wednesday. It’s like Christmas come early.
Earlier word and benchmark-based leakage suggests Asus PadFone Mini specs might include a 4.3in phone component (960 x 540), quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, and 3G connectivity.
As for the Asus PadFone Mini tablet shell, it’s tipped to come in at 7in, though a Taiwan NCC listing suggests it could be slightly bigger.
In PadFone tradition, we expect the tablet portion will essentially be a shell requiring the smartphone component to operate, and ultimately acting to magnify the latter's display.
Over the past couple of years, we’ve had the Asus PadFone, PadFone 2, PadFone Infinity, and the new PadFone Infinity – not to mention Asus’ other devices. Heck, someone must be buying them.