MWC 2012: ASUS announces the Padfone, a phone and tablet merged into one

ASUS had earlier given us a preview of a device that incorporated a smartphone and a tablet. The Padfone has been officially announced today which is made up of a 4.3 inch smartphone and a 10.1 inch tablet.


The phone will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 with 1GB of RAM and a 4.3 inch 960×540 Super AMOLED screen. When you dock the phone in to the tablet, it powers it up. The tablet has a 10.1 inch display, has various ports and uses the phone’s 8MP camera and has a front camera for video chats.

Specs for the phone half of ASUS’ Padfone:
  • WCDMA 900/2100MHz
  • EDGE/GPS 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • HSPA+ 21/5.76Mbps (42Mbps Optional)
  • Android 4.0 (ICS)
  • Snapdragon S4 (dual-core Krait) with Adreno 225 GPU
  • 1GB LPDDR2 RAM + 16 – 64GB eMMC NAND
  • 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB 2.0
  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD (960 x 540)
  • Rear Camera: 8MP F2.2, AF with LED Flash
  • Front Camera: VGA
  • Motion sensor, proximity light sensor, gyro sensor, e-compass
  • 1520mAh Li-ion
  • microSD expansion slot (SDHC/SDXC up to 32GB)
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 65.4mm x 9.2mm
  • Weight: 129g
Specs gained by the Padfone when docked into the tablet:
  • Micro USB + Micro HDMI
  • 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display with Capacative Touch
  • Rear Camera: 8MP (via Padfone rear camera)
  • Front Camera: 1.3MP (1280 x 800)
  • Vibration sensor, 2 color LED indicators for battery status
  • 24.4Whr Battery
  • 2-in-1 audio jack, 40-pin connector
  • Phone/GPS
  • Dimensions: 273mm x 176.9mm x 13.65mm (h-average)
  • Weight: 724g
No info about the availability or price, so that leaves us nowhere once again. We’ll let you know if there is any more info about the Padfone.

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