But we have to mention that the Padfone we saw announced at Computex was far from a final unit. Still an early mockup, the Padfone is set to arrive in its full twin glory at the end of the year. So our comments are more on the idea than on the real product. It’s not groundbreakingly novel – Motorola was the first to bring the chassis in a notebook form with its Laptop Dock for the Motorola Atrix 4G, but price was the major stumbling point there. Will Asus, however, be able to materialize its concept?
You can still use the phone's camera when it's inside the tablet chassis further cutting the cost of the combo
Does that mean that we don’t want a tablet? Not at all – having some ten inches of screen estate is a luxury which has basically created a new segment. But still striking a perfect balance would involve having less of that repetitive silicon and monthly fees, while maintaining functionality. That’s why Asus is right on the money with its idea which presumably puts the single processor of the smartphone to use in two devices and leverages your smartphone Internet service to your tablet.
That’s as close as it gets to killing two birds with one stone, but some cons are inevitable. What about the likely scenario when your phone rings and you're using the tablet? Asus is still to address those issues, but, finally, it’s the yet undetermined price point that will define the Padfone. The Eee series of netbooks back in 2007 kickstarted the netbook craze with something more than functionality – an unmatched price tag. Asus seems to have nailed it once again with its Eee PC X101, a netbook for just $199. And that’s what we find truly irresistible about the company. Will it manage to seduce us with the price of its Padfone? We would certainly keep a close watch.