Five months. Back at the CES in early January, ASUS announced its latest hardware, including smartphones, tablets, and even a new model for its hybrid phone/tablet PadFone lineup, the PadFone X. The manufacturer shared a few hardware details and announced that the PadFone X would be an AT&T exclusive in the States… and then silence. For months we waited for further news about the model, and eventually AT&T started releasing teasers of its own. Several times over the last couple months, we’ve seen the carrier publish a new PadFone X video, but all of those arrived without a peep about retail availability. Was this guy ever going to arrive. Well, it’s taken long enough, but today AT&T shares release plans for the PadFone X, announcing the start of sales on June 6, exactly five months to the day after the combo’s initial launch.
Like previous PadFone devices, the PadFone X marries a smartphone with a tablet dock, letting users quickly transition between screen sizes simply by connecting or ejecting the phone. The handset runs a Snapdragon 800, offers 16GB storage with optional microSD expansion, features a five-inch 1080p display, and has a 13-megapixel main camera. The tablet dock blows things up with a nine-inch 1920 x 1200 screen, while augmenting the phone’s power through its own battery.
Sales kick-off on June 6 both online and in retail stores, where the combo will go for just about $200 on contract – considering you’ll pay the same for just a phone from other manufacturers, getting both a phone and tablet out of the arrangement could stand to be a very tempting offer.