AT&T highlights the ASUS PadFone X in a new video, still no release date in sight
Obviously, AT&T wants to position this product just right. On the consumer front, you have the ability to transform your equipment to your needs without having to worry about synchronization. On the business front, the tablet experience offers the ability to do more work in the field without the need for a laptop PC.
For the consumer and mobile business person alike, the PadFone X will be appealing because it represents two-devices and one data plan. Seeing as how the tablet-dock is essentially a dumb terminal, we do not see that particular feature going any other way, still it offers a full HD display and will extend the phone’s own battery.
The 13MP “PixelMaster” camera on the PadFone X has to ability to take rapid photos, capture as many as 35 images-per-second. AT&T touts great low-light performance too. AT&T and ASUS have put up some new videos highlighting the PadFone X and the “DynamicDisplay” feature that automatically adjusts the visual experience between smartphone and tablet.
The PadFone X is a 5-inch 1080p Android powered smartphone. In addition to the aforementioned 13MP camera, it also has a 2MP frontfacing camera, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, and a 2,300mAh battery. The tablet-dock is a 9-inch 1920x1200 display and has its own 4,990mAh battery to augment the smartphone. It has its own 1MP front facing sensor.
Android 4.4 KitKat will be on board, and the Asus PadFone X will support AT&T’s budding LTE-Advanced network. Alas, we still have no release date, though we will go out on a limb and wager that it will be tied to a large network related announcement. Also, we still have no word on how it will be priced with the carrier either, it is all “coming soon.”
ASUS PadFone X on AT&T
sources: AT&T via Android Central
1. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3632; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
There is a very narrow and specialized niche for this sort of product. If ASUS were smart, they would just cancel it and focus on making products for larger, broader markets.
If ASUS wants a hobby project, throw some resources at Project Ara. That would fit well with ASUS making PC components and it would bring a lot of positive attention to the company. I can see how they could even fold ROG into the mix and make specialized gamer components and hardware backbones. They could even revisit the entire "Padfone" concept after they develop some real experience with Project Ara.
3. Gawain (Posts: 371; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)
Even without the tablet part, I think the smartphone itself can hold its own. It's got the specs and from the looks of things, I may be the first LTE-A device in the US, assuming AT&T doesn't dawdle too much...
5. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
by the way, nice name - has a few meanings...http://numbermonk.com/hexadecimal/65535/en
7. 777light777 (Posts: 54; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)
Actually ASUS "is" smart to launch this, because this product has no direct competition at the moment. (+ 1 DATA PLAN!) (I will be buying it because of those reasons.)
Also knowing ASUS, they are already working with Google on Project Ara. If not, they will be the first to jump on board! (ASUS is the #1 motherboard manufacturer you know!) (And they build Nexus devices.)
I think the Padfone X needs to launch now, then evolve with Project Ara.
(Lego phone that combines with Lego tablet! Sign me up!)
I agree on the ROG idea! That would be sweet! ;D
ASUS! You need to launch this SOON! (April-Early May) C:
(Then you can haz my money!)
4. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
1920X1200? Just like my CoooooooolPad....
6. isprobi (Posts: 220; Member since: 30 May 2011)
This video makes the setup look clumsy. He starts out with a phone. Then slides it in to show something on the tablet screen in a larger format. Then goes back to to just a phone to take a call. This just looks like a big hassle. I would rather (and do) use a larger screen phone 6.4 inches) so I do not need to cary two peices of hardware.