The phone that becomes a tablet: AT&T announces deal to carry the new, Android 4.4 KitKat-touting PadFone X
posted by Chris P.
Jan 06, 2014, 1:31 PM
AT&T has just announced that it will be carrying the new PadFone X from Asus. The successor of the PadFone Infinity will follow into the footsteps of those before it, and will continue to carry the torch for a pretty interesting piece of tech that has managed to stick around against all odds. In case you weren't aware, the PadFone line products feature smartphones that can be latched to the back of a tablet dock, and turn it into a fully-functioning tablet. In other words, the phone serves as the brains of the tablet – no phone, no tablet. Considering that the price of the package can be generally said to be much more competitive than the alternative of buying two separate products, it actually isn't that surprising to see the concept gain a foothold.
Anyhow, back to the aforementioned PadFone X. The AT&T and Asus duo hasn't bee overly explicit as to what we can expect, so there are still quite a few important blanks, though we're not without clue. Unlike the PadFone Infinity, Asus has opted for a smaller, 9-inch tablet dock this time around, while the smartphone diagonal will stay with the same 5-inch, 1080p panel. The device is promised to run Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, and also boast NFC and 4G LTE-Advanced connectivity, though there is a catch.
For starters, availability hasn't been announced, so an Android KitKat badge of honor can quickly turn from something exciting into something mundane. Moreover, while we tech geeks have been drooling enviously at our counterparts in South Korea and elsewhere for their LTE-Advanced speeds, it's worth pointing out that no US carrier offers the new tech as of this writing.
Finally, and as you can probably guess already, no information has been relayed as to what kind of chipset, memory and camera tech we can expect to make an appearance with the PadFone X. If speculators have the truth of it, however, we might see the latest Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel or above camera unit. Naturally, we'd prefer to wait and see for ourselves, once either AT&T or Asus are ready to share more details.
ASUS PadFone X to Arrive in the U.S. Exclusively from AT&T
Innovative Smartphone and Tablet in One to Join the Nation's Fastest and Most Reliable 4G LTE Network Las Vegas, Nevada, January 06, 2014
AT&T1 today announced that it will carry the ASUS PadFone™ X, a smartphone and tablet in one, exclusively in the U.S. Pricing, detailed specifications and availability will be announced at a later date.
“We are committed to delivering our customers the most innovative and compelling device portfolio,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T. “The PadFone X is first of its kind in the U.S. It combines leading technology, a beautiful design and a remarkably seamless application experience – all on the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network. This allows consumers to run their smartphone apps instantly on a vivid 9-inch tablet display. The magic of it is that the experience is not just bigger, it’s better than on a traditional smartphone.”
“AT&T and ASUS share a passion for innovation and we are very excited to bring the ASUS PadFone X to the U.S market,” said Jonney Shih, chairman, ASUS. “Our technology is capable of instantly turning a premium smartphone into a tablet, giving consumer the ultimate experience on both devices. Together, we look forward to bringing more choices to consumers.”
A Great Screen for Every Scenario
The PadFone X is a 5-inch full HD smartphone that activates a 9-inch full HD tablet when the phone is docked. It runs Android KitKat 4.4. and features a thin and light design with a brushed metal frame, a soft-touch back cover and dual front speakers that deliver captivating audio.
The PadFone X combines both smartphone and tablet into a thin and light package with seamless transitions that lets the user choose between two screen sizes dependent on the task at hand. Its unique design and features include:
Seamless Transition – Simply dock the smartphone and Apps running will instantaneously auto-adjust to fit the larger PadFone station display. Optimal Experience – Consumers can effortlessly select the display experience that’s optimized for the application and their environment at that moment – whether they are watching a video at their kitchen table or taking a call as they run out the door. The PadFone X delivers a uniquely seamless experience that enables today’s mobile life. Large Battery – The companion PadFone station includes a large battery. It charges the smartphone’s battery when docked, providing two times longer battery life. This allows users to do more of the things they love, for longer. State-of-the-Art Technologies
The PadFone X supports LTE-Advanced technology, including Carrier Aggregation. The new product also supports Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and HD Voice.
ASUS and AT&T started working together in 2012 with the launch of VivoTab RT and continued through 2013 with the MeMO Pad FHD 10 LTE. For more information about the PadFone X watch the ASUS press conference live on Jan. 6 at 12:00 p.m. PST at http://press.asus.com/events. Follow the conversation on Twitter with #PadFone.
AT&T has the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network, according to independent third party data.2 In addition, the company was named America’s fastest 4G LTE network, in PC Magazine’s 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks study of 30 markets – and also swept the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest.3
AT&T is focused on giving our customers top-notch experiences with a single interaction. The company was recently recognized with two major achievements, outperforming competitors for customer service and wireless purchase experience. J.D. Power awarded AT&T the “Highest Ranked Customer Service Performance Among Full-Service Wireless Providers” and “Highest Satisfaction with the Purchase Experience among Full-Service Wireless Providers” in their 2013, Volume 2 studies.
1AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
24G LTE speed claim based on national carriers average 4G LTE download speeds. Reliability claim based on analysis of data network connection and data transaction success rates reported by Nielsen during network tests conducted across 211 markets from July 2012 to July 2013, and compares carriers with nationwide 4G LTE networks.
3PC Magazine, June 17, 2013: www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2420333,00.asp.
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,168 awards in 2012 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 12,500 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 3,800 engineers. Company revenue for 2012 was approximately US$14 billion.
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