By Stephen Schenck | December 6, 2013 3:16 PM
The PadFone series from ASUS represents some of the most unusual mobile hardware we’ve seen come out of a major manufacturer. From the PadFone, to PadFone 2, and now the PadFone Infinity, ASUS has been offering users an alternative to using two separate devices for their phone and tablet needs, instead delivering a smartphone that docks into a custom tablet – all the size and usability benefits a larger screen affords, while keeping all your apps and data available for you to access. Now there’s one new addition ready to join the PadFone lineup, as ASUS prepares to launch the PadFone Mini next Wednesday.
So, how mini is “Mini?” Well, unlike the current PadFone Infinity, where the phone has a five-inch 1080p display, the PadFone Mini is tipped to get a 4.3-inch qHD screen. We know, 720p would have been preferable, but maybe that speaks to making the PadFone Mini extra affordable. We’ve also heard about the possibility that it will run a Snapdragon 400.
As for the tablet part, the answer’s a little less clear. Seven inches was the early bet, but based on details that have emerged about the tablet’s weight, there’s now a possibility that it could be just a bit larger – maybe in the eight-inch range? The display on the full-sized Infinity, on the other hand, is a 1080p 10.1-incher.
While the idea behind all the PadFones to date has been interesting, we just haven’t seen them catch on with the public. A smaller size (and hopefully much lower sticker price) could be just what ASUS needs to really put the spring back in PadFone’s step.