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Asus Padfone on tap for early 2012 at the MWC expo, but with quad-core Tegra 3 onboard

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Asus Padfone on tap for early 2012 at the MWC expo, but with quad-core Tegra 3 onboard
The Asus Padfone contraption that allows you to dock your Android smartphone into a screen shell and convert it into a tablet is now rumored to be demonstrated at the MWC 2012 expo, which is in February.

Asus was originally testing the Padfone with Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon processor with the 28nm Krait core, but apparently it has decided to bet on something it has already tested in a working product, like NVIDIA's Tegra 3. The quad-core chip is used in the Asus Transformer Prime tablet, therefore it is not really a stretch to imagine Asus will be ready with the Padfone by spring.

The phone docking into a tablet concept is pretty novel and is sure to spark some interest and maybe earn Asus some more design awards like with its Eee Pad Transformer. Moreover, it should be a cheaper solution than buying both a standalone phone and a tablet, so bring it on. Needless to say, it also picks up girls if the below video promo is to be believed, just like Samsung's flexible tablet concept.

via Engadget

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posted on 05 Dec 2011, 07:10 4

1. remyrz (Posts: 205; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)

if I can pickup girls like that I want it! pronto!

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 09:17 2

4. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

Being married ... the wife would not allow me to get this ;)

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 07:12 1

2. MalakiMills (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)

I would pick one of these up, depending on the price of the dock of course. If it was somewhere around $150 then I could see it as a sensible buy.

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 02:29

10. KingLo (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)

Your price expectations are unrealistic.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 07:59 1

3. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

id buy if dock came with it. id probably buy without it to due to the massive processor

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 10:55 2

5. Trainer (Posts: 23; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

I'm surprised Apple (among others) is not working on something like this. I remember Jobs talking about this being the ultimate answer for computers. Plugging your cell phone in to tablets, laptops, and home computers. The problem was that cell mobile SOCs weren't powerful enough. We are getting close to changing that. Maybe in a couple more years we'll have true desktop level replacements?

The alternate solution is complete cloud computing. All the software companies (Apple, MS, Google) seem to be focusing on this answer instead.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 15:55

6. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

LOL, Apple will come up with iPhad [phone + pad] where you can dock your ultra thin iPhone 5, and call it groundbreaking and go "This changes everything, now instead of having iPad as a extra, now you can dock your iPhone 5 in, and you have a tablet" lol. Apple Apple Apple! Oh dear Apple

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 07:01

9. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

the upcomming generation.. the ARM A15 based chips will be our first tiptoes into PC strength computing from mobile. We will probably see a lot of conversion products popping out including the eventual conversion of windows 7 PC to ARM compatibility as they start using mobile chips for things like netbooks and laptops.

By the time the next generation of ARM A15 chips gets old and whatever is after that comes out, that is exactly where we should be. :)

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 18:08 1

7. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

I love Asus, but what kind of commercial is that? You have a quadcore phone that becomes a tablet, make use of it for more than 1/10 of the time

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 06:23

8. Firedrops (Posts: 249; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)

Now that Tegra 3 is confirmed, it's taken away just about every single reason for me to get a smartphone + Transformer Prime.

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