Asus PadFone E goes official as mid-range 4.7-inch phone/10-inch tablet hybrid

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asus-padfone-eThe quirky but lovable Asus PadFone family of crossbreeds had it all after the introduction of the Mini model in December, save for an upper mid-range variant with an average-sized phone capable of seamlessly transforming into a large tablet.

Well, ask and you shall receive, as Asus has earlier today (quietly) unveiled the PadFone E in Taiwan. And you guessed it, the new mongrel sits right between the PadFone Mini and X or Infinity on the Android totem pole.

Its tablet body is spacious, so at first glance it may be mistaken for a high-ender, but the 10.1-inch display boasts mediocre 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution. As for the phone part, that’s neither overly roomy, nor vibrant, at 4.7 inches and 720p.

Consolidating its mid-end status once and for all, a quad-core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 400 powers the entire ensemble, aided by 1 GB RAM and a 5,000 mAh juicer when docked. When used as a run-of-the-mill phone, a tiny 1,820 mAh battery keeps the lights on, presumably not for long.

Good thing there’s a 13 MP camera slapped on the handheld’s back, plus pre-loaded Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, or else we’d have to reconsider our stance on the hybrid’s placement on the mobile tech food chain.

Expected out in Asia before long and worldwide… probably never, the Asus PadFone E is priced at the equivalent of $560, which, if you think about it, is not all that bad. I mean, a similarly equipped 10-inch tablet is $400 or so, and here, you also get an elegant, sturdy little smartphone. So anyone flirting with a purchase?

Via [The Droid Guy]

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