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TransPhone is like a small Padfone, but not really

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TransPhone is like a small Padfone, but not really
The Padfone by Asus is one of the more innovative devices in recent memory, but that wasn't enough to spawn crowds in front of Asus stores. Still, geeks all over the world seem to respect it for trying something new and different. However, it turns out Asus's product ended up being quite an inspiration for a company named ExoTablet, which has created a very similar, yet obviously different product.

TransPhone, as the device is called, is a phone + tablet duo in the same way like the Padfone, but it tries to keep things a bit more affordable with lower specs and a smaller form-factor. The phone part of the TransPhone features goodies like a 3.5" display, single-core CPU, 512MB RAM, 5MP camera and HSPA connectivity among other things. The tablet part, on the other hand, can quickly enlarge the image with its 7" screen, and power it with its own, beefier battery.

The TransPhone can be purchased now for $429.99, which doesn't sound like a great deal for what you're getting. Interestingly, the manufacturer also offers some other choices like getting an additional tablet part (called TransPad) for $140 (kind of weird why someone would need two of those), a phone part for $379, a family pack consisting of two TransPhones and two TransPacks plus an additional charger for $999, or the ultimate super-mega business pack consisting of 10 TransPhones, 15 TransPads and 5 additional chargers for the perfectly reasonable price of $4499.

We want to inform you that PhoneArena is currently in talks with ExoTablet about purchasing a business pack of TransPhones in order to improve team communication and productivity while in the office and on the go.

source: ExoTablet via IntoMobile

... All joking aside, here are some images of the product:

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posted on 26 Sep 2012, 06:14 12

1. Seymur (unregistered)

TransPhone. will gain more popularity in Thailand.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 06:59 4

4. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

i know what you mean.. LOL

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 07:09 3

6. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Took me awhile to figure that out! :p

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 06:31 10

2. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

I bet ASUS will NOT sue.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 06:41 5

3. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)

obviously they're not apple

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 23:01

10. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

Unlike apple would if asus was apple and Exotablet was Sammy

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:04

13. carlos.roderer (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)

No they will not and can't - they dont hold the patents, TransPhone International do!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 15:56

14. TheRonster (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)

That would be interesting, not sure why that would happen considering the owners of Transphone have 3 US patents for this type of configuration in the first place. Whoops should be interesting lmao

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 07:01

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Trans what....oh

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 07:58

7. thegreatone99 (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

man google shud buy this company and make the new nexus phone like this! :)

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 16:57

8. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Good idea and design for this, but the specs are just awful. Would be nice also if the tablet part served to be more than just a bigger screen and battery for the phone. Wouldnt it be awesome if it had its own SoC and all so you can double the performance of the device or something?

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 22:48

9. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

looks cute!

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 23:03

11. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

Did u guys see on pic 7, the woman's bra had a lip-like shape in the middle of it
(if she was wearing a bra)

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:25

12. User_Freak (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)

No, but I understand that TransPhone are the people who own the US patents for this kind of TransPhone / PadFone device (since 2002 no less!). When you try a TransPhone you find the specs don't matter, the user experience is so much better. My Blackberry (top of the line) is on the shelf and some others I know have chucked out their iPhone 4s (and decided not to upgrade to 5) because they find the TransPhone is so much better as a user experience. Specs are a means to an end but if the end itself (a one-screen phone) is flawed, specs won't get anything more than bragging rights. Two screens are better than one any day - as you will find out (as I did) when you try. Who wants a feeble one-screen phone? Not I!

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