Computers have gotten smaller, tablets faster, and phones smarter, but lugging around three separate devices can sometimes be a drag. ASUS has addressed this now atavistic conundrum by introducing a device that can essentially transform into all three: The PadFone. Not simply just an Android smartphone, ASUS’s new Frankendevice is compatible with a separate PadFone Station dock and PadFone Station keyboard, which means that depending on what you need done, the PadFone is your do-it-all go-to handset. As such, the device is spec’d appropriately to handle its multiple personalities.
The PadFone comes equipped with Android 4.0, Qualcomm dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4, 1GB RAM, internal store of 16, 32 and 64, 4.3-inch qHD 960×540 Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass (PadFone Station has a 10.1-inch 1280×800 TFT display), 8-megapixel camera (1.3-megapixel front), Bluetooth 4.0 and 1520mAh battery (6600mAh in the Station).
Smartphones have become the center of our lives. ASUS wants to further explore a realm where they’re not only an extension of us, but both tablets and computers too. On paper, the potential is certainly there, and judging by the company’s credentials (Transformer, Transformer Prime, Transformer Pad 300, just to name a few), we have high hopes for the PadFone.
- OS: Android 4.0
- Processor: Qualcomm dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4
- RAM: 1GB
- Storage: 16, 32 and 64
- Display: 4.3-inch qHD 960×540 Super AMOLED
- Camera: 8-megapixel (1.3-megapixel front)
- Bluetooth: 4.0
- Battery: 1520mAh
- Dimensions: 5.03×2.57×0.32-inch
- Weight: 4.55 ounces