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Asus PadFone X stars in new video, AT&T doesn't say when it will release it

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Asus PadFone X stars in new video, AT&T doesn't say when it will release it
AT&T and Asus are sure taking their sweet time before launching the PadFone X. The new smartphone-tablet hybrid device was announced in the first week of January (four months ago), and there is still no word on exactly when customers will be able to buy it.

But AT&T keeps on teasing the device. We saw a few promo videos of it lately, and today another one was posted by AT&T on YouTube. The idea of the new video is far from being brilliant, basically telling male customers that they can “get the girl with the Asus PadFone X.” Apparently, girls should be impressed by the fact that you can dock the 5-inch PadFone handset into the 9-inch tablet accompanying it.

The PadFone X will run Android 4.4 KitKat at launch, supporting AT&T’s new LTE-Advanced network. Other features include a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory. The PadFone handset has a 2,300 mAh battery, while the tablet dock offers and extra 4,990 mAh battery. Pricing details are missing at the moment, but we should probably expect AT&T to sell the PadFone X for a lot of money.

source: AT&T via Android Central

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posted on 06 May 2014, 14:17

1. VTEChump (Posts: 12; Member since: 19 Jul 2013)

Specs are already obsolete before release, way to go ATT.

posted on 06 May 2014, 15:34 2

2. buccob (Posts: 2733; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

Well I wouldn't say obsolete but they could be more up to date...

Anyway this may be a good start for ASUS in the US.... neither their smartphone fan base or their hybrid phone/tablet product are mainstream, but this could really get the traction needed for them to risk more there... maybe bringing Infinity models that compete to HTC M8 in build quality.

posted on 06 May 2014, 16:12 2

4. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Plz, the infinity line far surpasses the HTC phones in built quality (don't know about the X though). But this is meant to be more an upper mid range phone compared to the Infinity line which is meant to be cutting edge so the specs are where they need to be for the release window it is aiming for.

Also, girls are totally impressed by that docking action (guys are too but they play it cool), they don't see that coming at all (plus there is a subtle innuendo there).

posted on 06 May 2014, 15:58 2

3. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

We assume those are the actual specs, even though they are based on tests from a prototype model.

Keep in mind that they could very well have changed, especially given that ASUS never confirmed any specs at the unveiling.

posted on 06 May 2014, 17:10

6. 777light777 (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)

You are 111% correct sir! C;

posted on 06 May 2014, 17:09

5. 777light777 (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)

Specs ARE A PLACEHOLDER, they did list "latest snap dragon" in the spec sheet. :)

Its not going to be obsolete even if it launched with those specs... There is no competition for this setup! (tell me where i can get an LTE-A phone and tablet AND (announced recently) A LAPTOP (keyboard dock incoming) WITH ONE DATA PLAN PRICE!

...*hears crickets. ;D

posted on 06 May 2014, 17:32

7. rns122112 (Posts: 50; Member since: 20 Jan 2014)

i already know the release date. NEVER!!!! they have been hyping up the padfone x for how long now? phonearena says is was announced 1/6/2014. that's exactly 5 months as of today. damn shame. and i was looking to shell out money for this too. i'll take my money elsewhere now

posted on 06 May 2014, 18:00

8. electrophage (Posts: 61; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)

I doubt it ever will be released. I suspect the're concerned about losing money from the existing system of selling phones and tablets separately. Padfones could have been the magic bullet of connectivity, but have been killed by the U.S. carriers cause it doesn't fit their scheme for maximizing profits irregardless of how that hurts consumers

posted on 06 May 2014, 19:09

9. 777light777 (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)

Well i wonder what i will be holding in my hand later this month or next...

Oh, right AIR! Nope. Galaxy S5! Nope. Definitely an iPhone! Nope... :D

It will be the innovation called Padfone X.

The trinity of phone X tablet X laptop. C:
(its coming...)

posted on 06 May 2014, 20:13

10. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

More dumb stuff from Asus. Putting aside the fact that the market for this docking monstrosity is a very narrow niche, the technological approach is shortsighted.

They should just put USB3 on the device and then it could be docked with any of the tablets that support USB3. Or a laptop. Or a docking station with all sorts of ports.

While this would require a cable, it would open up a much wider set of value propositions. All the USB3 docking stuff is already sorted out, so the technology is cheap and off the shelf.

And if Asus really wants to do modular stuff with pluggable components, they should get into Project Ara.

posted on 07 May 2014, 13:01

11. 777light777 (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)

If you look at it from a business perspective, putting a USB3 on it will make them loose accessory sales for the device. (which would be made exclusively by ASUS otherwise)

(tablet dock, keyboard dock, dock with ports, maybe even a monitor dock again) :)

Also ASUS will be the first to jump on-board something like Project Ara, they can do both. (they may already be in the project for all we know)

(ASUS "is" a top rated component seller...)

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