ASUS gave the Padfone its debut in Taiwan at Computex 2011. Padfone is ASUS’ phone and Tablet hybrid device.
It is 4.3 inch Android smartphone that can become part of its 10.1 inch Tablet companion. This allows everyone to freely transfer their activities between the two gadgets hassle free.
Padfone, being the first Tablet hybrid, has an slate and a phone that can access the same storage in the handset. It has only one 3G radio that’s why there is no need to swap SIM between the two modems or to have two SIMS for the two devices. The user interface has been configured to match the displays in the devices. It is either showing full sites in the Tablet or mobile sites in the phone. The Tablet PC companion has its own built-in battery that will extend the battery life of the smartphone when docked in the slate.
The mobile has two cameras, a webcam in the front and a 5 megapixel camera on its back for taking pictures and video. The camera in the back of the phone can still be used through the hole when docked in the Tablet.
ASUS Padfone truly tucks itself in the docking at the back of the Tablet companion and the hinged cover of the latter pops up when the latch is released. Inside the docking bay are the ports which are the HDMI and micro-USB. The HDMI port is used to drive the larger display while the micro-USB port is used for the touch input and for the smartphone to extend its battery life.
Asus Padfone sets a trend in mixing Tablets and Mobiles devices and announce the beginning of the end for the smartphones. We are glad to see Tablets manufacturing brainstorming them selfs for ideas that change the gadget environment as we know it.
According to ASUS, they have not decided yet about the final ASUS Padfone technical specifications. Also, the ASUS Padfone price is not yet known until now. Does ASUS Padfone appeal you? Does this interest you? Once this device is out on the market, will you buy ASUS Padfone? Watch out for more information about this new product of ASUS.