Asus PadFone will solve the problems of "tablet hesitators"

Asus PadFone will solve the problems of
Asus has been making the headlines lately by saying it will be among the first companies bringing Android 5.0 Jelly Bean devices to market and explaining that it will wait until the “right time” arrives to jump on the Windows Phone bandwaggon.

But this here explanation of the target group for the Asus PadFone is particularly interesting. “Tablet hesitators” - that’s the group of people Asus thinks will be looking to buy the PadFone, a handset that slips into a tablet chassis, which in turn fits a keyboard dock, much like a matroska nesting doll. This means that you essentially pay for only one device with all the processing power, and everything else - the tablet screen and keyboard come as an additional, cheaper accessory.

“There is a massive segment of the market called the "tablet hesitator" and those guys aren't buying our tablets," Asus said at MWC.

Benson Lin heading Asus’ handheld department then quoted numbers saying 55% of smartphone owners wanted a tablet, but only 13% bought one. Asus looked at the huge majority that didn’t get one and asked them why. 

Does the Asus PadFone solve your problems? Let us know in the comments below.

source: Pocket-lint

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1. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

If this comes to verizon then I will definately be buying it (off contract unfortunately, couldn't pass up the nexus for my upgrade).

2. Jamus

Posts: 30; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

My dinc is dying, my upgrade date is coming, and I want a tablet. Please come to Verizon and fix all of my issues at once :)

3. deago78

Posts: 172; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I hadn't thought of it that way. Not a bad angle. The only fault is that people are going to need more options than just a single smart phone that can convert into a tablet. I doubt the 42% of people who didn't buy a tablet will all find the same smartphone appealing.

4. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

If this comes to Sprint sometime within the next 3 months this is my next phone. I wish the specs were higher though: 720p S-AMOLED, quad-core Qualcomm S4, and 1080p on the tablet dock. A man can dream, though...

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Oh, and to answer the question posed in the article: yes, this does solve my problems. It replaces my dying EVO 4G, it provides me with a tablet, and the keyboard dock lets me write papers, spreadsheets, and presentations, so I shouldn't need my also-dying ASUS notebook any more.

5. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

With the blur between tablet and phone ... I am thinking of dropping my "phone" to a simple and easy "feature phone" ... no super huge screen ... so battery draining radios ... keypad only ... simple ... basic ... small ... portable ... fits in a pocket. I will then get a tablet ... with a data plan ... for email, Facebook, messaging, Skype, apps ... etc. I should save money this way too ...

9. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

haha! that's exactly what my friend is doing right now.. an old monochrome Nokia phone, and a tablet with 3G.. he said he never missed a beat..

7. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Despite then lame, yet funny video.................this is a good idea because it eliminates paying for 2 spearate items! I dont like the screen size because its too small for me, but i can see alot of people buying it

8. AdamLeonard

Posts: 61; Member since: Aug 24, 2011

Yes, the problem as they define it could be most easily solved by the carriers allowing subscribers to use their data plans on more than one device. Carriers are of course not inclined to create a system whereby customer utility is increased (especially where data consumption might increase) unless they get paid lots more money. There is one other reason they don't want to allow pooling of data, though. A person could get a tablet and a phone and then give one to a spouse thus you really have 2 people using one contract. Having said that, I would definitely look at this padphone idea if it were on Sprint.

10. conscious

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Sharing data would be great

11. georgiejr

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

If this was an LTE phone then that would be awesome. will the Prime keyboard dock be compatible with the padfone tablet?

12. GeckoHA559

Posts: 47; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Fantastic presentation clip here, not sure about the 5 hit combo moves though but it was really funny, great work with grabbing the phone/fone from the tablet/pad.

13. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

"Does the Asus PadFone solve your problems?" Yes, it absolutely does.

21. exotablet

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

check out hot on the heels at a quarter of the price - and you can use your current mobile so no need to learn a new phone.

14. jhattara

Posts: 37; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

My current smartphone is closing on the end of its life cycle and I really need a new phone. I'd also love to get a tablet, but don't want to spend lots of extra for it. I've dreamed of this even before Asus first announced it last year.

15. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it's exactly what the Tablet Hesitatators need. depending on carrier availability this has the potential to be a big hit. it'll probably replace my dad's Bionic and it's Lapdock 500 unless the ICS update brings improvement to Webtop.

16. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

the padfone is a godsend.

22. exotablet

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

check out hot on the heels at a quarter of the price - and you can use your current mobile so no need to learn a new phone.

17. Deicide

Posts: 82; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

Interested.... But I have a Galaxy Note... Deciding on whether to get this... But it's another dual-core... T.T

18. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it has an S4 which is substantially better. it would be worth it if you buried your Note into it somehow.

19. Deicide

Posts: 82; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

Yeah, but Qualcomm's S3 processor was just plain out horrible after owning a Sensation and using the AT&T GNote. But I did look at the HTC One X, and it looked much more smoother. If the tablet has the 1900x1200 resolution like the Prime Infinity then I might just get it. Samsung should've made something like this when they announced the Note 10.1.

20. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Hmm, Verizon has said that they'd be starting shared data plans soon too...

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

does it solve a problem? heck yea. tablets right now are essentially large screen smartphones with very little that differentiates them. snapping your phone into a large screen (with its own extended battery) really helps the dilemma.

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