• ASUS officially introduced the Padfone on MWC 2012 – A phone in a tablet on a keyboard

    Posted on February 29th, 2012 David Brooks | No comments

    Just as said before the MWC 2012, ASUS formally unveiled its shape-shifting Padfone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, an amazing combination of a smartphone and a tablet. As early as the CES officially kicked off, ASUS had handed out invitations for its Padfone event at Mobile World Congress 2012. Now, ASUS officially made this phone known to all. You could use it as a standalone 4.3-inch handset smartphone, but it will also be sold with a so-called station that effectively turns it into a 10-inch tablet. It will also be sold with an optional keyboard dock (just like the Prime) and a stylus that doubles as a receiver for when you receive phone calls. In this post, I would like to share some information on the new ASUS Padfone upon the phone and its accessories.

    ASUS Padfone imageThe ASUS Padfone comes in a 4.3 inches Super AMOLED capacitive multi touch screen with qHD 960×540 resolution, with which you can freely watch HD movies on Padfone, like to watch DVD movies on Padfone. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 8260A Dual-Core 1.5 GHz processor, the ASUS Padfone is not that outstanding among the phones announced in this MWC. As to the operation system, this Padfone doesn’t let you down, boarding with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), which most flagship phones would adopt in 2012.

    Take a tour around the device and you’ll find some predictable ports, including a micro-USB socket, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD slot, which you can use to augment the 16GB to 64GB of internal storage. Also on board: Bluetooth 4.0, a gyroscope, rear 8 Mega-Pixel auto focus flash F2.2 aperture, compass and GPS with A-GPS support. Connectivity options include WCDMA (900, 2100 MHz), EDGE / GPRS / GSM (850, 1800 and 1900 MHz) and HSPA+, with theoretical download speeds topping out at 42Mbps. For the detailed specs, visit ASUS Padfone page.

    Aside the phone part, this Padfone also includes tablet portion which consists of the docking elements, 10.1” PadFone Station (which produces even better experience for digital entertainment, like to watch Blu-ray movies on Padfone), and a battery (a 6600mAh one, to boot, as does the keyboard dock) – all the computing happens directly on the phone. A keyboard, which is the same size and dimensions as the one accompanying the Prime, and a stylus headset are also included to perfect this Padfone.

    ASUS Padfone Dynamic switchASUS adopts DynamicDisplay technology to seamless transit between devices in both ways to automatically adjust the PadFone’s display layout when it is placed into the PadFone Station to enable you to view and enjoy more. The intelligent DynamicDisplay technology will also ensure that the app remembers where you stopped so that you can immediately continue playing that new game without having to start all over again when switching from PadFone to PadFone Station and vice versa.

    The bellow hands-on video shows the performance of the transition between the phone and tablet with the help of DynamicDisplay technology:

    ASUS claims on their official sites that this Padfone would expand your world: Expanded savings with one data plan for two devices; Expanded view from 4.3” PadFone to 10.1” PadFone Station and Expanded battery capacity – 5x with Station/9x with Station Dock. From the information we get currently, it seems so. Anyway, more information would be provided here. If you want to get more information about gadget devices, simply bookmark this site or follow us on our Facebook.

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