Is it a phone? Is it a tablet? It’s the Asus Padfone!

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Think of it like a phone with its own monitor. Asus has set an unveiling date of February 27, 2012 for a product it first announced back in May of 2011. Dubbed the Padfone it is a smartphone that has a tablet dock. The tablet is made so that the phone can be docked in the back. When this happens the devices will share storage, battery and internet connection.

Both of the devices will be Android powered and share a single SIM-card. When connected the tablet will access the phone’s 3G connection and also charge the phone’s battery. The connection is supposed to be seamless in that the home screens from the phone will be essentially duplicated on the tablet so they will function identically. The Padfone is supposedly rocking a Tegra 3 processor and of course Android ICS. It is also supposed to be compatible with the Transformer keyboard dock.

Overall it’s an interesting idea, and one that should be pretty cool if implemented well. One thing that I would want to know more about is how the tablet acts by itself, as in does it have to have the phone docked to function. I think the biggest hurdle will be the price of purchasing both devices. If Asus can keep the cost down, I can see this being a pretty popular idea.

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Bryan Faulkner

Bryan Faulkner is a former associate editor at Pocketables. He loves to find new ways to use his tablets while working as the Tech Director at his local church. Mixing sound from the iPad is his newest obsession. He currently has a pair of HP TouchPads, an iPad 2, a decommissioned HTC EVO 4G, and a Samsung Galaxy Note II to tinker with.

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4 thoughts on “Is it a phone? Is it a tablet? It’s the Asus Padfone!

  • The concept is a good one. Purchase a smartphone, and for just a little extra get a tablet as part of the bargain – hopefully a tablet that can even make/accept phone calls. It’s going to be the execution that makes or breaks the padfone though.

    The phone component will have to be powerful enough, the tablet display good enough, and – most importantly- the attachment cheap enough to make it a worthwhile purchase over a dedicated tablet. Especially when you have “phones” like the Samsung galaxy note acting as convergence devices for people who need both types of devices. Remember, Motorola tried something similar using a smartphone with an included netbook dock. I haven’t heard much about it, mostly because the idea never took off. Hopefully Asus will be more successful.

    • I hope this does catch on. I know that since I got my tablet, my phone hasn’t hardly been used as much, and to have a duo like this would be pretty sweet. But if you are someone that already owns both a smartphone and tablet, I don’t know how likely you will be to ditch both of them for the Padfone.

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    It needs to be priced very competitive so that it can sell, not like the first lapdock for the Motorola atrix.
    Ha, wonder if it comes to At&t, Are they are going to charge a tethering plan like the lapdock for the atrix?

  • This looks promising and answers the question no one wants to ask “Why do I need a Tablet AND a smartphone?”

    Answer: You dont!


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