Can't decide between a smartphone and a tablet? Well the idea of the Asus Padfone is that you don't have to: it's a smartphone that docks into a 10.1in tablet, so you get both devices in one. Clever, innit?
But this much is already common knowledge. The real news is that Asus CEO has revealed that the Padfone is expected to launch in February 2012, bringing with it the sweet taste of Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Padfone concept isn't entirely a new one, of course. Motorola's Atrix smartphone comes with a companion docking station that effectively converts it into a netbook. The Padfone gives the concept a twist, though, by docking into a tablet, giving you the best of both mobile worlds.
And given that the big draw of Android Ice Cream Sandwich is its dual suitability for both smartphones and tablets, it's a no-brainer that it's the OS of choice on board a device that's capable of being both.
Discussing Asus' roadmap for the months to come, Shen revealed that the Padfone is pencilled in for a February launch. And while that might seem a long way off for a device that we've known about for three months already, it should still be a formidable force when it touches down – especially if it comes packing some quad-core processing action as we're hoping.
Either way it'll be a great test of ICS' credentials as a twin-purpose OS, and slightly naff name aside, we're definitely looking forward to getting our hands on it.