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One of the many products to come from ASUS in its CES 2014 press conference was the Padfone Mini, a smaller device device based upon its phone/tablet docking hybrid system. So, unlike previous Padfone devices, the Mini has a 4-inch smartphone that docks into a 7-inch tablet. 

From the front, it's extremely reminiscent of the ASUS Fonepad. Powering the device is a 1.6GHz Intel Z2560 CPU backed up by 1GB of RAM. On the software front we're coming with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box, though as with other new devices ASUS is promising an update to Android 4.4 KitKat. 

The Padfone Mini isn't positioned at the high-end of the spectrum, with a pretty average 480x800 resolution display on the phone, and a 1280x800 resolution panel on the tablet dock. Internal storage is limited to 8GB but with microSD card expansion, and a pair of cameras rated at 8MP on the back, and 2MP on the front. The Padfone Mini will also come in a range of colors, including this striking red variant, as well as black, white, blue and yellow.

For a few more hands on photos, and a video runthrough, head on past the break.

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Hands-on with the ASUS Padfone Mini


I don't get the point of having a phone slide into the back of a tablet? Does it make sense to anyone and if so please explain it to me...

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That way you can use cellular data from your phone on the tablet, and not be so dependent on wifi!

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Two things:

1. It's less expensive than buying a separate phone and tablet, since only the phone has the internals.

2. You can get mobile data on both your phone and tablet while only paying for your phone plan; without this, you would have to pay for two data plans.

So essentially, it saves you a significant amount of money.

I'm kinda curious if this will support T-Mobile's LTE??? It would be awesome to be able to watch movies on a 7in screen, using unlimited Tmo data!!!

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It's unlocked, so it will work on T-Mobile, but this doesn't have LTE. I think you should be able to stream it on HSPA+, though.

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Ohhh I see now thanks for clearing that up. Makes more sense as to why people would want that now :)

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Well, it's not like it's gonna change the world, but it seems very handy actually. Unfortunately, with these specs I'm not sure. For me, it can be handy: carrying your phone here and there, checking your stuff (standing on a bus, for example) and then wanting a bigger screen (you got a sit somewhere) for more practical reasons. Maybe you got to a place and want to read a book or a comic, play a game with a bigger screen and etc. Of course having a normal tablet would do it, but this Padfone way seems to make the transition to a bigger screen pretty much instantaneous: no syncing, no internet required, no need for downloading apps in different devices: just plug and keep doing what you were doing... Again, not like it's doing something impossible before, but might be handy, specially depending on the price.

About the specs, there's also the Padfone Infinity, which is larger (5" phone and 10" tablet), but also has better specs (Snapdragon 800, 2GB RAM, 1080p screen, etc).

I had the same question, but now I see how it could be useful given the replies here. However, what happens if your phone rings while docked? Can you answer via a headset? Earbuds or Bluetooth?

Yeah i am sure it comes through the tablet, they might have a speakerphone built into it, and I am sure you could just undock the phone

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A shame on the specs - if they'd done a "mini" with the same high-end specs as the big Padfone I'd be interested.

Realistically, there aren't that many people trekking with tablets out. This is a small market. I have a Nexus 5 & 7 but I rarely take the 7 out in public, I don't need. When I'm home. I'm on wifi and when I'm out, my phone is sufficient. I'm sure that's the same for most people.

I have an iphone 5 and I take my nexus 7 everywhere with me. Easy to use and fits in my back pocket.

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No mention about its dual sim capabilities? I saw it in their add that this supports dual sim.

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