First impressions of the Asus PadFone suggest it has been well worth its lengthy wait. The device, which transforms between smartphone, tablet, and notebook thanks to some very impressive accessories, was one of the most exciting gadgets on show at this year’s Mobile World Congress, and it won’t be long before you can pick one up yourself.
The Taiwanese company has announced via a comment on its Google+ page that the PadFone will be making its retail debut next month, while details on pricing will be available “within a few weeks!”
What’s still unclear at this point, however, is which markets will be chosen for that initial April launch. The PadFone is likely to require carrier subsidies in order to make it affordable for most users, so its release date in some countries could depend on how long it takes Asus and its partners to strike up their deals.
While the PadFone may not be packing a quad-core processor like the Asus Transformer Prime, its internals are certainly not disappointing:
Asus PadFone Specs
- Android 4.0
- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
- 16GB, 32GB and 64GB internal memory options
- 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display
- 8-megapixel camera with f2.2 aperture
- 1520mAh battery
- Bluetooth 4.0
And, of course, it is functionality where the PadFone really excels. It is the first smartphone that acts as both a tablet and a notebook with some simple yet ingenious add-ons, and it’s easy to see why there’s a lot of buzz for this device.
Are you looking forward to the Asus PadFone?