Asus Padfone spotted with MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 chip

Asus Padfone spotted with MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 chip
The Asus Padfone is truly a unique concept - a phone that docks into a tablet chassis so that the tablet can leverage its processing brains. Now, a bright idea like this needs bright execution as we’ve seen that similarly good ideas like the Motorola Lapdock first introduced with the Motorola Atrix not live up to expectations. A crucial part to that is of course the hardware and this latest scoop coming from Notebook Italia reveals that Asus nails it when it comes to silicon with the Padfone. A GLBenchmark score shows that the upcoming handset relies on the new Snapdragon S4, which is expected to be the first chip to make the generational leap to a 28nm die.

This instantly translates into better productivity and lower power consumption. The Qualcomm MSM8960 chip listed in the benchmark includes the customized Krait processing core improving the generic ARM arthitecture, but it’s also notable for the inclusion of an LTE modem on the same die.

If the screenshot below is indeed true, the Asus Padfone definitely has some potential. Could it be the first phone to ship with the new Snapdragon S4? We’re only theorizing here, but Asus is expected to be the first one to bring quad-core processors with the Asus Transformer Prime running the Nvidia Tegra 3, so we wouldn’t be all that surprised if the Padfone premieres the S4. Now, question remains, though, whether the Asus Padfone idea makes sense for you. Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below.

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  • 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)



1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

wow, i wanna know how Asus came out of nowhere in the cell world (they are huge in the PC world) and scooped up all these chip launches. :) not that I mind, as asus is generally very high quality.. just curious :)

2. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

It was a tablet first. Then innovations and innovations came. I think they're the most productive company out there right now. Not overpricing products. Innovating tablet-netbook hybrids, quadcore tablets, phone tablet hybrids and tablets with keyboards (and if I mention the very sexy and cheap ultrabook). If this tab and phone came with diff batteries, i'd consider.

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i would hope that the tablet add on came with its own battery (and could charge the phone battery if u wished :) ) their keyboard dock had an extra battery.. sooo... hopefully :) but i most definately agree. Asus is being the most creative on the device front and samsung is pushing the power limits. they should get together on something. :)

5. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

As of tablets I don't know about the galaxy tabs pushing power limits. :/ their tabs are overpriced and lacking, though sexy. and as of now, I wouldnt really buy an asus phone because it has'nt established it's name in the smartphone industry yet.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

true, for some reason keeps going with tegra2 over exynos in the tablets. But I was thinking specifically samsung's hardware (exynos/amoled) mixed with asus design creativity. It should prove interesting at least. :)

7. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Asus sometimes make me feel like the other companies just don't care about getting customers. Asus, in my impression, is THE company that brings cutting edge technology packed in elegant but sturdy designs at prices similar to or even lower than other slower/uglier competitors. No wonder they're huge now.

4. DIYguy

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 27, 2011

Wow if this was a wp phone & tablet

8. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

I really support this idea, as the only use for a tablet I can see in my near future is for lazy leisure, but while I can, I don't want to fork out another thousand dollars(approx price for most tablets in my country/currency) just for a bigger-screened variant of my smartphone. Crossing my fingers that this one launches locally less than 6 months after the US launch.

9. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

At first I was a fan of an "everything" phone. Even a tablet (10 incher) with phone capabilities built in ... but then I thought ... there I am shopping ... lugging around this 10 inch tablet in my back pocket so I can take phone calls. Last I checked my back pocket ... or my butt for that matter ... I could not accommodate a 10 inch back pocket ;) I love the idea of a 10 incher because of the screen size and not having to squint. Realistically though ... a 10 incher as a "portable" phone though ... not happening. I think the reverse is true too ... okay I have a "small everything phone" ... now however I have to squint to see anything ... oh ... but it has a docking station ... which I now have to lug around ... so I am back to a tablet as far as I am concerned. Phone's still need to be small and portable. I question the viability of the "padfone". I do give Asus props though for being inventive and stretching the boundaries ... definitely thinking outside of the box.

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Padfone is a great idea. You can have the tablet part in a backpack or purse for when you need it on the go, otherwise leave it at home and take just the phone with you.

11. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Right ... so how is it any different then from having a phone and a tablet? I see having everything in one device ... however ... with all of this "cloud" stuff these days ... contacts, documents can be shared with relative ease. Again the form fact too ... at least for me ... is a big X too.

12. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

coool but i think sammy will definately improve next gen of tabs

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