by Brandon Miniman | January 18, 2012 4:52 PM
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 doesn't give us enough ...
by Anton D. Nagy | January 18, 2012 4:52 PM
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 smartphone). The ...
by Anton D. Nagy | January 18, 2012 4:47 PM
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. We'll be there to ...
by Anton D. Nagy | December 5, 2011 8:14 AM
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 it seem right to you for a company to announce a product ...
by Evan Blass | July 2, 2011 2:54 AM
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, and we're quite interested to see how ...
by Brandon Miniman | June 1, 2011 2:12 PM
What on the surface seems like a complete novelty that is bound to see limited market acceptance might actually turn out to be one of the most innovative mobile devices in recent years, except that few are going to buy it. The ASUS PadFone solves a problem that you didn't know you have. If you're reading this site, you probably have a smartphone, plus a tablet. The information on your tablet is different than on your phone, even if both of your devices are running the same operating system (Android or iOS). Apps are different, contacts might not be the same, photos aren't synced across ...
by Brandon Miniman | June 1, 2011 2:11 PM
Earlier today we caught wind of an upcoming ASUS event at Computex 2011 where the company is expected to announce a new tablet/phone hybrid device. Flipping through some recent trademark filings both in the US and in Europe, it turns out that ASUS has applied for protection on the word "Padfone", which presumably will be the name for their upcoming device. The name alone doesn't give us many more clues about the particulars of the device, except that maybe it'll be more of a tablet than a phone (since they didn't go with "Fonepad"). Source: USPTO
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