The Asus Padfone is a neat concept which can help you do more, and with style, with the help of a smartphone which turns into a tablet and then a tablet which turns into a notebook. We’ve seen the package in Barcelona at the MWC and, needless to say, we loved it!
Now Asus has released a demo video of the Padfone, showing off the main features of the convertible. The phone itself (which is also the core of the tablet) packs a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocking at 1.5GHz, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with qHD resolution, eight-megapixel main camera and [...]
The Asus Padfone might have been on pre-orders in Taiwan since April 6 but European pricing and availability has been so far unknown. At the Asus Milan Design Week 2012 in Italy the company unveiled that the Padfone will hit the Italian market in late May, which should coincide with a European launch. The smartphone and the tablet, together known as Padfone Station, will go for EUR 699 (around $915) while the keyboard (Padfone Dock) will cost you EUR 149 more (roughly $195).
The Transformer Pad Infinity 700 will be called the T-Prime HD in Italy and will land on June 10 for EUR [...]
The Asus Padfone — the phone which transforms in a tablet and with the added keyboard it turns into a notebook — was one of the most exciting devices shown at MWC. Just exactly how the market will react to it is yet unknown, especially without pricing and availability made public.
However, the unofficial April time-frame seems to still stand. According to recent reports, the phone — and its tablet housing — will be on pre-order in Taiwan starting tomorrow, April 6 — with an April 20 availability. The phone will go for NT$17,990 (US$610) and the [...]
It’s that time of the year again, when we’re both happy and sad, excited and disappointed all at the same time. Last year’s Mobile World Congress was all about three things: Android, 3D and speed offered by emerging dual-core processors. This year’s show was not that much different at all, if you come to think of it.
It’s safe to assume that everyone who was there — or following our MWC coverage — understands that, again, Android was all over the place. With or without Ice Cream Sandwich on smartphones or tablets, the Google platform [...]
If the rumors we’re hearing today about smartphone delays are accurate, we’re going to be looking at a lot of handsets coming out quite a bit later than we’d like. We just looked at Nokia’s Lumia 900 and the theory that it wouldn’t land at AT&T until late April. That was bad enough, but this next rumor has the potential to affect a whole lot more smartphone customers.
Supposedly, semiconductor manufacturer TSMC in Taiwan abruptly halted fabrication of chips made with a 28-nanometer process sometime last month. The details on just why it may [...]
So, on the original Star Trek series, landing parties exploring alien worlds often carried the “Phaser II,” which was essentially just a more-powerful cradle for the diminutive “Phaser I” which plugged into it. Star Trek Enterprise did something similar with their portable universal translator. Since no one watched Enterprise, I’ll fill you in: a handheld communicator latched into the top of another device, serving as the “ears” of the translator’s processing unit.
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Regardless of whether you love the “PadFone” name or not, chances are you’ll love this device. Why? Because it’s an awesome concept! You have a smartphone which turns into a tablet and then a tablet which turns into a notebook.
Everything you do on the tablet is basically done on the phone because the tablet acts just like a docking station with an external display, speaker and charger. The brains still remain with the enclosed phone and the situation is the same once you dock the keyboard on. The only difference is that both the keyboard and the tablet [...]
The Asus Padfone is no longer a secret; the official announcement dates May 2011 — nine months ago — and the manufacturer is expected to unveil the notebook-tablet-phone hybrid on the 27th while at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
A recent video uploaded on the manufacturer’s official YouTube channel seems to further tease the Padfone. 1+1+1 means that there will be a smartphone which the user will be able to place inside the tablet and then take the tablet and connect it to a dock making it a notebook. Asus is taking the “Transformer” concept [...]
Asus has unveiled its smartphone and tablet combo, the Padfone, almost nine months ago but the duo was tipped for an MWC launch. Despite having the Padfone on display at CES, Asus confirmed that MWC is the show which will see the official debut of the duo.
According to recent reports, February 27 is the day to circle in your calendar. It is the first day of the upcoming Mobile World Congress and we can’t wait to get our hands on the Padfone. Aside from the already known 10.1-inch tablet and 4.3-inch smartphone form factor, rumor has it that the Padfone will feature [...]
At Computex 2011, ASUS is slated to unveil a new device that, as the teaser implies, “breaks the rules” by being a phone and a tablet at the same time. What could this be? One theory is that they’ll show off a phone, like the Atrix 4G, which can be plugged into a docking station, or perhaps directly into a tablet (sort of like a cartridge). Another possibility is that they’ve come up with a device that can fold open to reveal a larger display, but can stay compact if you want to carry the device in your pocket (similar to the Kyocera Echo). The teaser image [...]
Padfone, the name which popped up a couple of days ago was then quickly teased by Asus as a phone/tablet hybrid and later unveiled through a series of press renders.
Asus has officially introduced the Padfone today at Computex 2011 and, as you expected, it’s a convertible tablet that encloses the smartphone. The 10.1-inch tablet acts as a dock completely hiding the 4.3-inch smartphone within and charging it while taking advantage of its data connection. This way Asus tries to solve the problem of multiple SIM cards necessary for users (one in the tablet and one in the [...]
The Asus Padfone, introduced by the manufacturer at the end of May, was initially tipped for an MWC 2012 official launch but now, thanks to Asus itself, we have an official confirmation.
Whether you’ll want to buy the Padfone or not is completely up to you. The concept of a smartphone docking deep inside a tablet is appealing and innovative by itself, as are specs like the rumored quad-core nVidia Tegra 3 SoC. At the ongoing CES, Asus confirmed, despite having a prototype on display, that the Padfone will be officially unveiled at MWC in Barcelona at the end of February. [...]
When Asus officially introduced the Padfone smartphone-tablet duo at the end of May, they were hinting and also teasing an “around Christmas” availability. As much as we’d like the duo to be under your Christmas tree — though not sure you’ll want to grab one — it appears that you’ll have to wait some more for it.
From Engadget comes the latest rumor that the Asus Padfone will be present and coming out of MWC 2012 in February. We’ll also be there to see if this turns out to be true, along with the rumored Tegra 3 chip report. Does [...]
This is the Asus Padfone being introduced tomorrow: a package consisting of an Android smartphone and tablet to dock it with. Dock inside is more appropriate, as the “fone” appears to be fully consumed by the “Pad” when the two are merged.
Details are not yet clear on how this arrangement will work, but one thing we can discern from the renders is that Asus has indeed kept good on its word to continue a licensing arrangement with former hardware partner Garmin. Full specs and functionality will very likely be revealed tomorrow at Computex in Taiwan, [...]