The last time we saw the Asus Padfone X, it was locked inside a glass case. Tonight in New York City, AT&T and Asus finally let us get our hands on them. The Padfone X is a new smartphone and tablet hybrid that will be available to pre-order from AT&T online or in stores on June 6th for $199 with a two-year agreement. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz quad-core CPU, 16GB of on-board storage with a Micro SD slot, and runs Android KitKat 4.4.

The phone features a 5-inch 1080P display and if you need to view photos, videos, webpages, and everything else in a bigger display, just insert the device into the back of the tablet. You now have a 9-inch full HD tablet.

Anyone thinking of picking this device up in a few weeks?

 
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lucas710 says:

Wow that is really cool. I want a tablet for my GS4 ;)

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eszklar says:

18 months to 2 years ago yes. Now with phablets and ultra-thin tablets with cellular (in particular the cellular-enabled Xperia Z2 tablet) - no. I think ASUS missed a huge window in not bringing it mainstream to North America/Europe/Asia. And I had hoped Mark Shuttleworth of Canonical/Ubuntu would have talked to ASUS to bring Ubuntu for Android to this platform as well but that's over now as well.

rahsaanabdul says:

Agree 1000%

savdini says:

Disagree 1000%.. This is what true innovation is. This is exactly how it should be. They should take it a step further and make a full desktop accessory. Similar to a Chromebox.

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ErnstMach says:

Dem bezels tho. Lol I'm willing to excuse it though since its a new application of technology. I hope that more manufacturers start working with this.

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silverfang77 says:

Wasn't the Asus Padfone a failed concept a few years ago? What makes them think it'll succeed this time around?

kelayz says:

People now want bigger phones and some people even want a tablet to take with them. But separately it doesn't charge your phone and have the synergy this does. Just my thoughts.

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savdini says:

The tablet is included this time around. All Asus needs to do is try to make it cool.. People buy anything that's perceived as cool..

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Jonneh says:

Cigarettes, anyone?

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I still like it. At a very reasonable price too. Very cool.

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savdini says:

Really really cool.. I wish Google did this in the Nexus line

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ajpri says:

Something tells me this will do alright, another tells me it will be like the Atrix - alright but appears to be gimmicky. Actually, it was also AT&T who sold it. Another attempt at large-screen docking?

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movielover76 says:

I think I'll be more like the atrix.

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DJCBS says:

We've had a few Padfones in Europe...I'm afraid this is the ugliest of all the ones Asus has made so far.

erwaso says:

I think it's dope. Phone in your pocket and stick it in the dock for gaming/movies/Skype.

cgardnervt says:

Sweet idea! Just not sold yet! :-P

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movielover76 says:

I can see they needed to make the device big due to the height of the phone but they should have stuck a 10.1 display in there huge bezels make this look so 2011, if it was a 10 inch device with smaller bezels I might have bite
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Kayone73 says:

$549 for a high end phone and a 10" tablet is pretty good!

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erwaso says:

Anyone have the dimensions of the phone and tablet themselves?

Edit. Found it. PadFone: 143.93 x 72.46 x 9.98 mm (150g)
PadFone Station: 250.4 x 172.25 x 11.63 mm (514g)

savdini says:

I'm shocked to see people not happy or trying to see any negatives. This is an awesome idea with true innovation. Nothing pleases you nerds

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erwaso says:

+1!

Hammad Sami1 says:

They came out with it years ago and it was a great idea back then

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Hammad Sami1 says:

It looks so ugly and chunky. It was a good idea years ago but now everything's in the cloud anyways so why wouldn't I just purchase a tablet of my own choice.

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savdini says:

Because why have two separate devices that are essential the same.. And cost savings

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Xavier Vista says:

I have had the padfone 2 for more than a year now, so far my only complain is the lack of accessories. Keyboard dock for padfone 1 was one of the things i would like to see them continue in padfone series.

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tokuzumi says:

$550? That's not a bad price. I think the previous ones ran near the $1000 mark. Granted, they were all european based models, and would have needed to be shipped from overseas. But a $500 savings is pretty significant. I hope this sells rather well.

I can already do what was mentioned in the example without having to insert a phone into my tablet... Take a picture on my phone, look at, pick up my tablet, open Google Drive, and look at it...

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This is definitely an interesting idea. Would love a windows phone counterpart if offered full windows and full sized USB ports

Sax_Derp says:

This means the phone would have to run full Windows...... That won't happen. Sorry, I would love to see that (especially since I just got a laptop with 8.1 and it's great) but it won't happen for a long while.

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DJCBS says:

Not happening until WP and RT merge. And even then it won't be "full Windows". Full Windows should have no place in tablets even. Microsoft's attempt to merge everything resulted in the flop that Windows 8 was. Which is why they're issuing update after update to fix the mess they did with Windows 8.

The path forward will be 2 platforms like Apple: Windows and Windows Phone (or Mobile or whatever they call the Windows that will run on Phones and Tablets).

patstar5 says:

Seems like tablet was an afterthought, huge bezels and small 9 inch screen. Wonder what the off contract price will be. Still probably going to get oneplus one.

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DJCBS says:

This is Asus 3rd or 4th Padfone. The tablet wasn't at all an afterthought. But this is definitely the ugliest of all the Padfones.

Skyway says:

I think it's a brilliant idea, I thought the same thing of the first one, and the atrix.

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Jonneh says:

Same here on all three accounts.

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wagonis says:

If T-Mobile offered it I would consider it.

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Just buy an international version instead of a carrier branded on, and you can use it on any gsm network you like (att or tmobile)

muzzy996 says:

What would be really cool is if AT&T would actually sell some decent android tablets for a change. If one goes to their site to shop for tablets now, one will see a dedicated iPad section and then a tablet one. The tablet section has some older android models in addition to iPads. The lack of new flagship android tablets and preferential treatment of iPads sucks.

Fossilhog says:

So here's a question. Why not do the same sort of thing without a physical dock? Just a simple wifi connection. And why not do this for all media outlets? You walk around with the phone as the primary computer and then just push the image/app to whatever screen you want. Not all that dissimilar from Chromecast. Can someone tell me what is holding this sort of technology back?

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techitrucker says:

Nothing is holding it back. It's called Miracast and your phone probably already does it.

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abbott says:

Miracast has a lag that makes using a mouse or gaming impossible which is the whole point. This is caused by the fact that the CPU has to encode the video and send a compressed stream which eats battery, which is true for all current methods like SlimPort and MHL unlike the like the Padfone where the display is native on the GPU itself. Although SlimPort and MHL have a very small lag and can usually be used with a mouse or for gaming.

Jopets says:

Wow! Cool tab from asus, but unfortunately it gonna b unavailable in Nigeria market

mlogician says:

Dat bezels.

TheMimic12 says:

I think it's cool. I hope that once Ubuntu touch is out, that someone creates a ROM for this that lets me run Ubuntu on the tablet dock or when I plug it into a tv
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Sailindawg says:

I don't understand what's not to like here. It's a great convergence. The price, compared to earlier versions of this idea, is great. It costs less than a Galaxy S 5. I hope it does well. I remember reading about this close to a year ago. Glad to finally see it available. The tablet is well thought out as well. Potential to function as a great charging dock as well. One of the most useful ideas in a while.

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_X_ says:

I'm glad it's finally making it to the states. I'll admit I had more interest when it first came out a few years ago, but their $500 price point has peeked my interest in the device again.