Rumor has it that Asus will be showing off its Padfone next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We first heard about Asus’ Padfone tablet around nine months ago, and recent reports point to the handset being shown off on February 27, the first day of MWC.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar: The Padfone is a 4.3-inch smartphone that then fits inside a 10.1-inch tablet. So, if you’re playing Angry Birds on your smartphone, you can pop it into the back of the tablet dock and continue the game right where you left off on the big screen. Spec-wise the Padfone is expected to have a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, and come running Ice Cream Sandwich.
I’ve personally been a huge fan of the (idea of the) Padfone since we first heard about it nine months ago. I’ve always a fan of anything that turns two devices into one, and if the price was right, it would be nice to be able to have one device that could function as both a tablet and a phone (and not be an awkward size that’s hard to fit in your pocket like the Galaxy Note).
That said, I was also pretty excited about the laptop dock for the Motorola Atrix as well. While I still love the concept of using a phone to power a laptop, in real life the laptop dock for the Atrix wound up not being practical (for me at least), and I’d much rather tote about a separate laptop and tether to the Atrix for a web connection than tote around the dock that is entirely useless without my phone attached to it. Unfortunately, I think the Padfone is likely to wind up in the same category. I’d much rather have a phone and a tablet than carry around a phone and a thing the size of a tablet that’s useless without my phone inside it.
What do you think about the Padfone? Could you see yourself wanting one over owning a phone and a separate tablet?