Asus PadFone quick look

Asus PadFone quick look
Whereas other manufacturers might seem content with pumping out very neutral looking and predictable tablets, Asus has been one of the few to come to the tablet with things that are extraordinary. Already, we’ve seen them pushing the envelope with the convertible styling found with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, but this time around, they intend to keep the smartphone at the heart of a tablet’s functionality.

Enter the Asus PadFone, yet another brilliant feat of engineering marvel concocted by the good people over at Asus – well, that’s because it’s just so out there! On one hand, it’s part smartphone that’s running Android 4.0 Icre Cream Sandwich and powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor. Under the safe confines of its glass casing, the 4.3” display of the Asus PadFone looks pretty sharp with its wide-viewing angles and natural color production – still, there’s no exact word on its resolution. Nonetheless, it’s pretty detailed looking and we’d expect to see nothing more than a 720p display at this point. Finally, the only other thing we can spot from our vantage point is a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with flash in the rear.




Oppositely, there’s the 10.1” tablet shell that accommodates the smartphone by placing it inside a slot in the rear – essentially super-sizing the ICS experience. Obviously, the tablet requires the smartphone in order to work, but seeing that the two are encased within glass, we can’t say with much certainty how it all happens. Regardless of that, we have to say that it’s something different from what we currently see out there in the market.




Seeing that the two devices are under glass, it’s hard to comment on other specific like build quality and performance. But if we’d have to guess, we’re quite sure that Asus is going to do whatever they can to deliver a top-notch, yet very unique product to the table. For now, we’ll have to wait until MWC to see this in final form because as it currently stands, it’s merely unfinished.

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PadFone
  • Display 4.3" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1520 mAh(8.50h 3G talk time)

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12 Comments

1. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Capacitive AND on-screen buttons? Why? /:|

4. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Lol, It is weird but livable. I think the production units will be fixed though.

8. DetroitTech

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

I'd rather keep the capacitive buttons.

2. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

it's not in the final stage. They may be using a model that used to run on GB but now that ICS is available the polished version I doubt will have them.

3. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

if they've updated the hardware for ICS for the retail product this will be a pretty fancy phone. o:

5. jasongohjr

Posts: 75; Member since: Sep 26, 2011

The current ics still does not support capacitive buttons thats why...and for this model i can't seem to find any hinge to support the phone with the tablet. I'm guessing that since it does not make sense if the phone needs to connect with the tablet through a wire, it should be using dlna or other technology to make the tablet?

6. Tatperson

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Ics on the Nexus S uses its capacitive buttons.

7. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

there was a sneak peek at this thing last year at MWC and it has a door for the phone in the back. i'm not sure i agree with the door approach myself... ICS does support Capacitive buttons for your information.

9. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Yeah it supports the cap buttons. The phone goes into....a small pocket so the phone doesn't fall out.

10. scvzw2

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 20, 2010

I think apple will be suing over that padfone logo!

11. wakingup

Posts: 51; Member since: Aug 13, 2011

looks nice, looks damn nice. but i dont get why it needs the 3 virtual buttons on top of the 4 capactive buttons.

12. PostalJim

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

Apple probably owns the word "Pad" making this another delay due to the Cupertino Coward's egos..........

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