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Asus already planning a PadFone X successor

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Asus already planning a PadFone X successor
AT&T started selling the Asus PadFone X in June, six months after the device was officially announced. According to Taiwanese website Focus Taiwan, sales of the PadFone X have been “pretty good” until now - thus, Asus and AT&T are already preparing a next-generation model. Reportedly, the info comes from Asus vice president Benson Lin.

While there are no details on the specs of the next-gen Asus PadFone X, the device will certainly be comprised of a smartphone and a tablet dock, just like the first (current) model.

At the moment, AT&T is selling the PadFone X (pictured on the left) for $199.99 on contract, or $549.99 off contract. The device runs Android 4.4 KitKat, and includes a 5-inch 1080p smartphone and a 9-inch tablet dock. Other features: 13MP rear camera, quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory. The smartphone offers a 2,330 mAh battery, while the tablet dock has its own 4,990 mAh battery.

Earlier this week, Asus started selling a non-US version of the PadFone X in Taiwan, calling it PadFone S. This comes with a Snapdragon 801 processor, support for wireless charging, and a splash-proof coating. Perhaps the latest two features will make it to the next-gen PadFone X.

source: Focus Taiwan

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posted on 10 Jul 2014, 00:33

1. iluvsonynokia (Posts: 151; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)

yuckk,i hate that design

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 00:38 1

2. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

...but a great concept.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 01:54

4. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

Does anyone ever buy a padfone? I doubt it

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 01:04

3. hafini_27 (Posts: 898; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)

Has anyone used these padfone? I don't have the chance to use or hear much about it. How are they?

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 02:00

5. michael95gt (Posts: 44; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)

I got it this last Monday, trying it out, so far really liking it. The earpiece on this thing is super loud!! If I keep it, I'm gonna get the keyboard dock.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 02:59

6. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

It's a good idea, but a little underdeveloped by Asus and hence before its time. I could see a fusion of Project Ara and the Padfone that might be very interesting, especially with some gamer modules that Asus is more than capable of making.

The other issue with the Padfone concept is that Android isn't really a great multimodal (phone/tablet) OS. So these devices will always be kinda clunky and unpolished.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 03:39

7. Furbal (unregistered)

Waiting for it to boot to chrome os when docked. Then I'll open my wallet for it...

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 05:41

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

IMO they're taking the fantastic padfone concept in the wrong direction.

It started with 4.3" phone and 10.1" tablet, which was a really good proportion.

But they have been increasing the size of the phone ever since, and even decreased the size of the tablet, which seems to be the opposite of who this niche is supposed to serve, overlapping with their fonepad. (and phablets in general).

I think they should cap the screen size at 4.7" or 5", and tablet size minimally 10.1".

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 15:26

9. schwahalala (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Aug 2014)


I have had one about 2 weeks. I will never go back to the Iphone or anyother smart phone. The speakers on it create hand free driving. The large typing area blows away the small smart phone platform. Two batteries.

Give it 6 months and it will probably be the top selling phone. Biggest downside is no USB port to make it better.

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