The phone that becomes a tablet: AT&T announces deal to carry the new, Android 4.4 KitKat-touting PadFone X


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.


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PadFone Infinity
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2400 mAh(19h talk time)

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9 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

World's fastest processor belongs to the newly announced Tegra K1 and the Apple Cyclone A7 SoC. Sorry, but nice marketing scheme Asus.

2. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Not nice marketing. Sounds like outright lies to me.

4. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Wouldn't that title belong to some experimental processor in a lab somewhere?

6. AMDPhenomX4

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Tegra K1 is better as a GPU but as a CPU A15 is slower than Snapdragon 800. As for A7, faster per core slower overall.

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I'd like to see a source on that. http://www.nextpowerup.com/news/4011/galaxy-note-3-snapdragon-800-vs-exynos-octa-5420-variants-benchmarked.html These guys did a comparison between the two variants of the Note 3 and they were pretty much dead even. Although, it's very important to note that the clock speed of the A15 was only 1.9 Ghz whereas the 800 was clocked at a higher 2.27Ghz. So, actually, I would say the A15 is more efficient than the 800 because it's able to achieve similar results at a lower clock speed.

7. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

They said it comes with Snapdragon's latest processor, not specifically the 800, so I would assume the 805. The K1 is still using A15 (at least for the first half of 2014), and we don't know how Krait 450 and the Adreno 420 perform, so their statement may be true.

9. 777light777

Posts: 63; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

They could be right, because it will most definitely have the SD805@2.5ghz. Also Tegra K1 will not make it into a phone. (at least not the full version) And who cares how powerful the A7 SOC is if it's wasted on a non-HD 4" screen. (phone vs phone) This Padfone X will be on top with the Galaxy S5 and LG G3, but will also have the advantage of a tablet dock. (one plan two devices)

3. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Envy and jealousy I know thee name well. Why oh why? I want one of these but I can't give up the coverage (and unlimited data) I have on VZW for AT&T. Oh well maybe one day when VoLTE is the standard I will be able to have one. :(

5. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Eye balling this and the flex.. may not wait till the note 4

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