Asus does seem to enjoy a spot of hardware convergence. Its popular Eee Pad Transformer turns into a laptop of sorts when docked in its keyboard accessory.
Now the Taiwanese manufacturer has followed up the Transformer with yet another hybrid device, called the Asus Padfone. As the name suggests, it’s part smartphone, part tablet.
The smartphone component has a 4.3in display while the tablet weighs in at 10.1in. By docking the smartphone in the tablet, you can access all its apps and photos and stuff. The tablet can also go online using the phone’s 3G connection.
The tablet is essentially a shell – albeit with its own battery and speakers – which allows you to view content from your mobile on a bigger screen.
Is Asus onto something here? Is it really necessary to have an independent, fully functioning tablet? Or is it enough to temporarily magnify our smartphones? Hmm.
While you mull that over, check out the Padfone concept in action in this official Asus promo video, hosted on YouTube.