Asus Readies Tablet-Docking PadFone


Barcelona, Spain - Asus went to the Mobile World Congress (MWC) with more details and a demonstration of its planned Android-based PadFone, which physically docks with a 10-inch tablet to operate as the tablet's engine.

The combo can also be used with a Bluetooth keyboard to deliver a laptop-like user experience.

The device, shown

almost a year ago

in mockup form, will be available in April, but the company didn't say whether a version for U.S. cellular bands will be available. Pricing also wasn't disclosed.

 The handset features Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 8260A Dual-Core 1.5 GHz processor, and 4.3-inch qHD 960 by 540 Super AMOLED capacitive-multitouch display. The version shown also features Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and 4G HSPA+ 21Mbps cellular technology. The 4G technology, however, operates in foreign 900Mz and 2100MHz bands.

 The phone measures 5.04 inches by 2.57 inches by 0.36 inches, and it plugs into a slot in the back of the tablet, called the PadFone Station. The tablet's 10-inch 1,280 by 800-pixel screen displays the phone's full Android user interface, and it delivers five times the battery capacity of the phone.

Other phone features include assisted GPS, MicroSD card slot, and embedded memory of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB.

 The phone weighs 4.55 ounces, and the tablet weighs 1.6 pounds.

 A Bluetooth accessory can be used as a Bluetooth headset and also to draw and write on the tablet screen.

Other tablet features include a front 1.3-megapixel camera for video chats. The tablet uses the phone's 8-megapixel rear camera as its own rear camera. The tablet is also equipped with micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports.

In the U.S., Motorola offers Android-based smartphones that physically dock in a recess in a device that looks like a laptop and features 11.6-inch display and QWERTY keyboard.


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