MWC 2012 | 3-in-1 ASUS Padfone to arrive in April
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ASUS has been teasing their tablet/smartphone Padfone since Computex last May, but an official unveil has been ominously absent. Thankfully the wait is now over, and true to their word, the Padfone has been officially unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The ASUS Padfone is essentially a 4.3" Android ICS smartphone featuring a dual-core 1.5GHz S4 Qualcomm processor, a Super AMOLEDqHD screen (960x540) and weighs just 130 grams. However, when coupled with optional accessories, the Padfone acts as a tablet thanks to a 10.1" tablet shell that adds on 5 hours of battery life. The tablet dock also offers a resolution of 1200x800 pixels and an assortment of ports, but does not contain a processor of its own.
As if a tablet shell wasn't enough, ASUS is offering even more accessories for the device, including a physical keyboard dock and a stylus that somehow doubles as a Bluetooth headset. Unfortunately, the company won't be packaging all the bits and pieces together, and each accessory will have to be purchased separately.
The Padfone should be available in April, but no individual prices have yet been announced.
ASUS Padfone Technical Specs:
- OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- SoC: Qualcomm MSM8260A, Snapdragon S4, Dual-Core, 1.5 GHz
- Memory: 1 GByte LPDDR2 RAM | 16, 32, or 64 GByte eMMC Flash
- GPU: Adreno 225
- Display: 4.3", Super AMOLEDqHD, 960 x 540 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glas
- Communications: WLAN 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
- Ports: 3.5 mm Audio Jack, Micro-USB 2.0
- Sensors: GPS, A-GPS Support, Gyroscope, Compass
- Camera: 8 MP rear-camera, F2.2, Auto-focus, LED-Flash | VGA front-camera
- Battery: 1520 mAh, Lithium-Ion
- Dimensions: 128 x 65.4 x 9.2 Millimeter
- Weight: 129 Grams
- Accessories: Stylus Headset, Station Dock, Sleeve, Physical Keyboard
ASUS Padfone Tablet Dock Specs:
- Interface Connection: 40pin docking
- Display: 10.1", 1280 x 800 pixel LCD, Corning Gorilla Glass
- Camera: Rear-facing 8 MP (via Padfone) | Front-facing 1.3 MP
- Battery: 6600 mAh
- Interfaces: 2-in-1 Audio Jack, (headphone, microphone), Micro-USB, Micro-HDMI, external antenna for phone/GPS
- Dimensions: 273 x 176.9 x 13.6 Millimeter
- Weight: 724 Grams