Asus unveils Padfone – the smartphone/tablet hybrid

Asus unveils Padfone – the smartphone/tablet hybridAsus 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.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 31, 2011 at 19:13

Good idea. Long overdue, too. They tried it with the laptop shell for winmo, but the thing was overpriced and that generation of winmo devices lacked the power to make it enjoyable.
This should be the future imho.

blizzard7  May. 31, 2011 at 19:22

Well the iPad is just a large iPod touch (zing!). I agree with you but Padfone is a dumb name.

JanSt / MOD  May. 31, 2011 at 19:40

the Oz version will be named the 'Kangooroo'... Wait, Asus, that's $5000, right. Wink nudge

bettsy3  May. 31, 2011 at 22:38

Awful idea.

Stelph  Jun. 1, 2011 at 05:52

It's and interesting idea although it would have to be priced just right, a significant amount less than it would cost to buy a full tablet separately which, in the UK, is currently £199 with the advent Vega.

soltakr  Jun. 1, 2011 at 11:29

didnt elonex or whatever its called had some mock up with similar premise for the iphone. nothing materialized right. basically its a large screen dock for iphone.

*off topic*
got a desire hd myself and would love the 2nd gen transformer, last time i bite on the asus eee 701, should have waited instead of preordering 701.



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