The Asus Padfone is a unique product that allows consumers to use a phone that ultimately doubles to power the tablet. Now, the company will sell a smaller, more portable version of the device. Asus on Wednesday announced the PadFone Mini, which will go on sale soon.
The PadFone Mini isn’t a flagship device, and it’s instead equipped with relatively mid-range specs, likely in an effort to make the PadFone family appealing to a wider audience. The phone offers a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, only 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera, 16GB of storage and a 4.3-inch screen with a pretty poor 960 x 540-pixel resolution. Considering the $179 Moto G offers a 720p screen, we’re now more apt to call out cheap specs. Moving on — the device plugs into a 7-inch tablet that has a sharper but still not great 1280 x 800-pixel resolution. The tablet will also double as an extra battery for charging up the PadFone, as previous generations have also done.
The PadFone Mini will make its debut in Singapore, China, Russia, Hong Kong and Taiwan for about $405, though Asus did not confirm a wider release. Considering the PadFone didn’t launch in the U.S., this likely won’t either.