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.