Asus' split-personality Padfone: coming in February 2012

Asus' split-personality Padfone: coming in February 2012Can'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.

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zora  Nov. 2, 2011 at 20:23

Jeez, the Android way - don't have a f**king clue so make every conceivable shape, size, screen size, weight, variation of os, etc etc.. it'll will undoubtedly sell a few to the hardcore fandroids but essentially this is landfill fodder. I mean f**king padfone?!

Stelph  Nov. 3, 2011 at 06:25

As mentioned when this was initially announced, what will make or break this idea are the prices! Especially now the kindle fire has set a new bar on tablet prices, the tablet adapter had better be priced at around £100 or less otherwise people would just get a separate tablet

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 3, 2011 at 07:14

I reckon both the pad and the phone will be underwhelming because ASUS RELY on the wow factor of the two combined.
IT'll sell to a few must-have-all gadgeteers...

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