Asus PadFone is a smartphone, tablet and netbook hybrid with a stylus headset (from MWC 2012)

Asus PadFone is a smartphone, tablet and netbook hybrid with a stylus headset (from MWC 2012)Good lord. Asus first lifted the lid on the Asus PadFone way back at the end of May 2011, with some pretty vague details essentially promising a 4.3in smartphone that docks inside a 10.1in tablet shell.

The rumour mill thought it had this one all figured out, thanks largely to official whispers from Asus, but the cheeky manufacturer still had a couple of tricks up its sleeve.

As if docking a smartphone inside a tablet shell wasn’t unique enough, you can further dock the Asus PadFone’s tablet portion with a keyboard. Shades of Asus’ own Eee Pad Transformer there.

But wait! Jonney Shih & Co. aren’t done just yet. You’ll notice the stylus in the press image, but that’s no ordinary moon (sorry – stylus); you can only bloomin’ use it as a headset for answering calls. Insane.

As for the specs, the Asus PadFone’s smartphone component has a 4.3in Super AMOLED display, dual-core SnapDragon S4 processor, 8MP rear camera, a front-facing cam for video calls and a 1,520mAh battery. Battery life is increased fivefold while in the tablet portion.

You’ll be able to grab the Asus PadFone with 16, 32 or 64GB internal storage, and it’ll ship with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0).

"The time has finally arrived when every screen in your lives could transcend into a portal with real time access into your digital world," screamed Jonney. Nope, I have absolutely no idea what he’s on about either.

Pricing has yet to be revealed, however the Asus PadFone will be arriving in April.

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emmajk42 / MOD  Feb. 27, 2012 at 14:06

That sounds pretty amazing!

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 27, 2012 at 14:14

If it actually hits the stores ;)
Pricing will be an obvious issue, too. And if the phone itself cannot compete with the top crop, it'll fail, methinks.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 27, 2012 at 15:37

I reckon it'll be one of those "good idea, crap implementation", devices, in all honesty.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 27, 2012 at 15:46

I reckon it'll be one of those "good idea, crap implementation", devices, in all honesty.
Not sure... but I believe it's a case of too-much! It'll overwhelm people, cause there's too much to take in - the phone dock, the phone and ICS, the pen etc etc... You remember how some very early reviews gave GTA 3 sub 80% grades; that was because Rockstar gave them only a few minutes with a totally revolutionary sandbox game. The reviewers didn't get just how much game there was...
Ditto with this product: it's too much - and yes, a lot of it is probably not perfect, just like GTA sucks in some areas. Only, people actually make up their minds about a purchase much faster than one thinks, much faster than it takes a videogame to load actually.

Treab  Feb. 27, 2012 at 16:55

I kinda love it... i think if asus prices this around the 400 mark it could easily sell.. it could sell even more if the tablet part has its own memory or sd card slot... so that the phone isnt loaded with stuff from the tablet side and vice versa..

jmarcelino  Feb. 27, 2012 at 18:18

I kinda love it... i think if asus prices this around the 400 mark it could easily sell.. it could sell even more if the tablet part has its own memory or sd card slot... so that the phone isnt loaded with stuff from the tablet side and vice versa..

It will never be £400 unless Asus is willing to lose money. 10.1" screens aren't that cheap and the phone isn't a snail either. Then add two batteries to the mix...

I think we'll see it selling around the £600 mark.

To me the biggest problem is you can't sell the phone and tablet parts separately. You need to replace both at the same time.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 27, 2012 at 18:23

I kinda love it... i think if asus prices this around the 400 mark it could easily sell.. it could sell even more if the tablet part has its own memory or sd card slot... so that the phone isnt loaded with stuff from the tablet side and vice versa..

It will never be £400 unless Asus is willing to lose money. 10.1" screens aren't that cheap and the phone isn't a snail either. Then add two batteries to the mix...

I think we'll see it selling around the £600 mark.


I think even that £600 mark is optimistic, tbh. They cannot release a shabby phone; no matter how great a concept it is - both units have to be of good quality. However: I can see the networks interested in the idea - they already offer Tab/phone combos, and this pad/phone combo ties the 2 closely together, just the way carriers like it. You can't sell the phone and keep the tab. Pointless. If you buy a Galaxy Tab/phone combo from Three, you can sell either, while keeping one to use for the remainder of your contract.

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