ASUS Padfone

The ASUS Padfone will be seen at Mobile World Congress. No more rumors, no conjecture. Done deal, at least as far as ASUS' press invite is concerned.

Android Central at Mobile World Congress The Padfone's actually not just a tablet, nor is it just a phone. It's both, actually, and neither is it new. It actually was announced way back in May 2011, and ASUS showed us the concept in a couple of promo videos -- a 4.3-inch smartphone docks with and powers a 10-inch tablet. Here's how ASUS described it at the time:

Innovation is at the heart of ASUS design and the new Padfone reveals exciting new possibilities for mobile computing and communication. This convergent device combines a smartphone and a tablet computer into one symbiotic gadget that allows consumers to choose the screen size that best fits their activities while seamlessly sharing data and 3G internet access.

We'd presume the Padfone we see in a few weeks will be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (at least it better be), and we're intrigued by the prospect of a smartphone powering the tablet, an idea that's been tried (and failed) in years past. Anyone remember the Palm Foleo? But that was a device obviously before its time. There also are the obvious questions about design and implementation (check out the videos after the break for the early look at that) and probably more important -- how it handles battery life. Figure the tablet part of the equation has its own battery. But when connected, does the Padfone drain soley from the tablet, with the smartphone all but shut down? Does it still trickle from the phone? Inquiring minds want to know, folks.

Anyhoo. We'll be at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to bring you the ASUS Padfone -- and anything else the company has up its sleeve.


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So, this phone let's you be the jerk that cuts in front of everyone waiting for the bus and not care? Awesome! I wanna be that guy!

This is relevant to my interests.
I have been looking forward to this for a while, praying it comes to T-Mobile(who am I kidding).
I look forward to the day of the modular computing platform being born now when I take my phone, put it in a tablet, go home and put the tablet into a dock hooked up to a desktop, then put my desktop into a giant mecha which I climb into and rocket into orbit where the mecha docks with a starship that shoots me faster than light into the nearest sun where I die a glorious fiery death ...

Where was I?

Did anyone else notice that at 1:33 the tablet appears to be running Honeycomb, then at 1:35 it suddenly appears to have IE8 running on it??

WANT!!!! ...assuming it done right. I'm going to put my requests in now:

stock ICS
expandable storage
720 phone display/1080 pad display
large battery in pad that charges phone
kernal smart enough so that apps recognize it as a 10" pad when using pad but a 4" phone when not
ability to customize home screens to utilize extra real estate (i.e. not just a zoomed in 4x4 grid when using pad
CDMA antenna (gotta have sprint unlimited data)

Am I the only one that noticed the "3G internet access"?
That would kinda kill the phone for me. I don't care if it's on AT&T or Verizon, but I don't think I can go back to 3G now. What are they thinking launching such a high-end device without 4G?

This is EXACTLY what I was thinking and was about to reply with.

Why are they bragging about it, like 3G is new or something?

You need to remember that these videos came out almost a year ago.. there was very little true 4G (LTE) then. I can not imagine these devices coming out now without LTE.... at least I am hoping.

BlackBerry Playbook + BlackBerry Bold is still the best phone+tablet integration out there IMHO, especially with the 2.0 update...

Do we really need this?
I for one am ready to have a ten inch Tablet up against my head for a phone call!

You should all really be on the real story as to why the cell phone company's dole out the internet and every Gigabyte like itz gold!

I was thinking since the pad already has a phone inside, there'd naturally be another slot on my 60" LCD TV for the pad. But then I'd have to plug the LCD TV into one of those 22' wall displays they use at NASA, then that would have to plug into one of those big 85' Times Square displays, then that would have to plug into - ah hell. I give up. Say - couldn't we make a slot in the phone for a Nano?

great, so now i have to lug around TWO gizmos. that's not the idea or the future. i want one device that fits in my pocket and provides an OS, broadband, voice or eye controlled inputs and an infinitely scalable 3D virtual heads up display. then we can talk.

We'll see about this... As long as it's also compatible with the Transformer's keyboard as well (which some are saying it will be)

I use a Motorola Atrix 4G/Lapdock combo everyday as my main work computer-- There's 6 windows 7 PCs in the offices that gets shared by 32 teachers in our department, but most of us bring our own laptops to use on our desks as well, so it's not as big a deal. Usually I just need to check mail or update a spreadsheet with grades or check a website... When I actually need to do some "heavy lifting" I just use the PCs in the lab or lug my Macbook Pro to work with me.

The tablet option would give me the extra freedom for times like when I'm on the train and want to enjoy reading a book with the Kindle app or catching up on my newsfeed. And with the keyboard dock, I can use it the same way as I've been using the Atrix Lapdock for almost a year now.