Er, didn’t Asus already announce the PadFone mini? Yep, a quick look back through ye olde news archives shows it was unveiled in Taiwan in early December.
But wait; as if Asus’ outrageous portfolio of products wasn’t confusing enough already, this new Asus PadFone mini for the west is ever so slightly different. Oh good lawd.
Looking at the phone component, the Taiwanese Asus PadFone Mini was powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, with 16GB internal storage and a 4.3in display (960 x 540).
For some bizarre reason, the western version of the Asus PadFone Mini comes with a dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor, 8GB internal storage (expandable via microSD, phew!), and smaller 4in display (800 x 480).
Presumably the tablet dock will be redesigned on account of the smaller phone (unless there’s been some miscommunication about size), but otherwise it sounds the same.
Asus, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you are one weird mother crusher. You seriously have to wonder who buys these things.
Seemingly Asus PadFone mini price has been set at $249 for our transatlantic cousins, though the Taiwanese won’t say when it’s actually being released.
Like the Asus Zenfone range, I suspect the Asus PadFone mini will trickle into the UK in some limited capacity. Bothered?