Ever wanted a smartphone, a tab, and a notebook all in a single package? If so, your wait is over. ASUS India has announced the launch of their unique three-in-one device, the PADFONE. The device can be used as a smartphone or as a tab or as a netbook. The PadFone package has three main parts: the smartphone, the PadFone station pad and the PadFone Station keyboard dock.
The PadFone is a 128×64.5×9.2mm smartphone which weighs 129g. It has a 4.3 inch, 960×540 SuperAMOLED display with gorilla glass, a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, 1GB RAM, Adreno 225 GPU to ensure quality graphics, an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, a VGA front-facing camera, and a 1,520mAh battery. It comes with a 32GB internal memory and is expandable up to 64 GB using a microSD card.
On the design front, the phone has an aluminium frame which gives it a rigid structure. The back cover sports similar circular pattern that we have seen on the Transformer prime and Zenbook series. Similar to the transformer prime and the Zenbook series, the pattern appears to originate from the camera. Since the phone runs on Android 4.0 ICS, ASUS have done away with the physical buttons and uses virtual softkeys instead. The only physical buttons present on the device are the volume rocker (along the right side) and the power button (at the top). The device also features a micro-HDMI port and a micro-USB port, on the left side. It has a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top side.
The PadFone Station is really a tab which is missing its processing, memory and camera unit. It sports a 10.1 inch, 1280×800 IPS display with gorilla glass, a battery pack, a loudspeaker (at the back) and a 1.3MP front cam.
The PadFone Station has a slot at the top to dock the PadFone and a flap which neatly hides away the phone.
PADFONE KEYBOARD DOCK
The PadFone station can be docked on to the keyboard dock to transform it into a netbook. The keyboard dock is similar to the one used with transformer series tabs (but cannot be used with the PadFone). The dock has a typical netbook keyboard and a touch pad with two click buttons. It has two USB 2.0 ports and a SD card reader. It also has its own battery pack; hence you can use it for a longer period.
The PadFone also comes with an optional stylus headset, which can be used to draw and write or can also be used as a Bluetooth headset.