High-end, crazy big, uber-expensive slabs of silicon may no longer be all the rage, as “Mini” devices are catching on and growing in mainstream popularity by the day. Hot on the heels of the Galaxy S4 mini, HTC One mini and Sony Xperia Z1 f (aka Z1S, or mini), comes the Asus PadFone mini, a diminutive version of the quirky phone/pad hybrid that’s recently reached its fourth generation.
Teased by the company’s big kahuna back in September, the PadFone mini was subsequently benchmarked and approved by the NCC for Taiwanese use. And now it’s GCF’s turn to give it the green light, thus ensuring folks they’ll be able to rock the 2-in-1 gizmo anywhere around the world.
But when? No way to know for sure just yet, albeit Asus has reportedly begun sending invites for a December 11 press event in Taiwan. Anything else that could snatch the limelight then? Don’t think so, as all other upcoming Asus gadgets should break cover early next year, during CES and/or MWC.
As to what the GCF certification reveals, it’s not much, but it’s important. Apparently, the phone part of the PadFone mini hybrid will sport a 4.3-inch display, whose resolution we already know to be 960 x 540 pixels.
Other features are to include pre-loaded Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, also for the handheld, and 7-inch panel for when the thing will be used docked inside the “PadFone Station”. Far from outstanding hardware, but if the price is right, it may well outsell its luxurious ancestors.
Via [Android OS]