4.3-inch mid-range phone turns into a 7-inch mid-range tablet

As widely anticipated, ASUS has today announced the latest addition to its Padfone line of convertible Android devices, the Padfone Mini. Like other Padfone products, the Padfone Mini comes in two parts — a 4.3-inch phone and a 7-inch tablet dock — meaning you can slot the former into the latter. This lets you use a single data plan for both tablet and phone mode, and charge the phone while it's docked in the tablet.

Unlike previous Padfones, the Padfone Mini is aimed squarely at the mid-range market. It's got a quad-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU with 1GB of RAM and a qHD (960x540) display on the phone, which expands to 1280x800 on the tablet. There's microSD expandability in addition to the 16GB of built-in storage, as well as a 1500mAh battery in the phone and a 2200mAh bank in the tablet. For your imaging needs there's an 8-megapixel camera with burst mode and ASUS' PixelMaster tech for boosting brightness in dark scenes.

And on the software side, the Padfone Mini runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and ASUS' own software customizations.

So the specs aren't earth-shattering, but given the price point of NT$11,990 ($405) that's not entirely surprising. The Padfone Mini is due to go on sale in China, Russia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia, according to Engdget, with no word on any Western release plans.

Source: Engadget

 
There are 16 comments

samxool says:

FIRST!! so much win.
The win-fu is strong in me

:)

hodan says:

You're an idiot.

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Podolsky says:

I hope all "first" get ban...

Posted from my new Nexus 5

MERCDROID says:

=)

Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

I really want this to come to the UK - this would be very useful!

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JetskiMark says:

I wish a Nexus 5 could dock with my Nexus 7 (2013). And that they both had microSD.

MarkSeven says:

+1MILLION

+1 quadrillion.

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s2weden2000 says:

ch0ice...

sequoia462 says:

This would solve the app data syncing problem and I could play my games on both with the same data file!!

Lambertoid says:

I think this is a great idea....

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If this is indeed $405 for the pair (the phone and the tab) I know what I will be spending my Christmas bonus on this year!

Lekoq Grande says:

great concept and idea, but why the low specs??

pox67 says:

They already have a high spec device - New PadFone Infinity. It has 5" phone, 10" tablet and Snapdragon 800. I have one - it rocks!

Kayone73 says:

This is a pretty clever idea in hardware synergy. Especially plugging in the phone gives the tablet mobile data connectivity. Plus allowing the phone to charge off the larger tablet battery

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Kayone73 says:

This is a pretty clever idea in hardware synergy. Especially plugging in the phone gives the tablet mobile data connectivity. Plus allowing the phone to charge off the larger tablet battery

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