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Asus PadFone concept tablet/smartphone combo gets official press shots and an announcement

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Asus PadFone concept tablet/smartphone combo gets official press shots and an announcement
The Asus PadFone mockup got tired of lurking in the shadows, watching how details about it drip from the information highway faucet, and decided to stand up and get unveiled.

At the Computex 2011 expo Asus announced the PadFone concept, a very interesting smartphone/tablet combo, which allows you to dock an Android smartphone into a shell with a larger screen real estate, to make a tablet. Screen sizes haven't been finalized yet, but for the demonstration Asus used a 4.3" screen for the phone to a 10.1" display on the tablet section. The shell only contains a screen, stereo speakers and a battery pack, with the smarts seemingly coming from the phone itself.

Unlike the Motorola ATRIX 4G and its laptop dock, the handset slides whole into a dedicated compartment, and a lid hides it in, leaving unsuspecting friends with the impression that you are rocking a 10" tablet only. The tablet shell has its own juice pack, similar to what Asus did with the Eee Pad Transformer, where a separate battery in the dock gives you 8 more hours of juice. The larger battery of the tablet chassis will be charging the PadFone, when tucked-in, while the 3G radio of the handset will be used for data connection in tablet mode, if there is no Wi-Fi hotspot accessible nearby.

The Asus PadFone shell sports a dedicated compartment for inserting a handset to make a tablet
The Asus PadFone shell sports a dedicated compartment for inserting a handset to make a tablet
The Asus PadFone shell sports a dedicated compartment for inserting a handset to make a tablet

The Asus PadFone shell sports a dedicated compartment for inserting a handset to make a tablet


Asus promises seamless transition from the phone to the tablet screen and vice versa, which again makes us think that the final product might feature Android Ice Cream Sandwich, which will be combining Android's phone and tablet interface experience.

via Engadget

The camera on the phone's back serves image-capturing duties in tablet mode as well
The camera on the phone's back serves image-capturing duties in tablet mode as well
The camera on the phone's back serves image-capturing duties in tablet mode as well

The camera on the phone's back serves image-capturing duties in tablet mode as well




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posted on 30 May 2011, 05:25 1

1. phbelov (Posts: 122; Member since: 25 Mar 2011)


This is actually really cool!

posted on 30 May 2011, 05:49 1

2. Phullofphil (Posts: 800; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


Wow i really like asuses direction. Hoping the android tablit version can catch up. Really like it but its a little laggie and a lot of the cool apps are going to apple first such as netflixx. Well netflix is coming soon to most but apps like that. I just got an ipad 2 and love it but i am really waiting for android to get better and i will get one. Also keeping an ey on palm or i meen hp i think they are starting to look good.

posted on 30 May 2011, 07:04 4

3. Vlad (unregistered)


Like the idea, hate the cheesy ad.

For [bleeep!]'s sake, will someone start treating customers like people instead of sheeple?

posted on 30 May 2011, 08:37

4. warrenellis (Posts: 50; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


yeah this looks like foreign quality commercial, and now electronics are selling sex like car and other commercials now.

posted on 30 May 2011, 09:01

5. daniel_bargs (Posts: 323; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)


i thank my parents for teaching me PATIENCE. this is the real deal!!!

posted on 30 May 2011, 13:50

9. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


personally i like the Compufon Concept's design a little better but this Padfone is still quite interesting. i would probably buy it if it became available on Verizon.

posted on 30 May 2011, 17:11

10. bosmobi (unregistered)


Nice. Very, very nice. But phone could be smaller e.g. 3.7". If you need more, there is a slot for tablet and you have 10.1".

Let's wait on answer from HTC.

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