We’ve known about the Asus PadFone for quite a while. Since its announcement, the phone has undergone some changes. One of the most notable change is the inclusion of of Ice Cream Sandwich. Asus announced the complete spec sheet for the Asus PadFone during Mobile World Congress 2012 recently. We can expect to see the phone in April along with its recommended accessories.
In case you’re not familiar with the PadFone, here’s a quick primer. The PadFone is a smartphone that can dock into a tablet shell known as the PadFone Station. When inserted, the PadFone Station becomes a 10.1-inch tablet. Since the phone powers the PadFone Station, the PadFone Station makes up for the loss of power by extending the PadFone’s battery five times longer than normal. The transformation doesn’t stop there. The PadFone Station can also be inserted into a keyboard dock that essentially turns the device into an Android-powered laptop. All in all, the Asus PadFone is meant to be the only device you’ll ever have to carry around (minus the accessories of course).
Here are the basic specs for the PadFone:
- 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display
- Qualcomm S4 dual-core processor
- 1GB of RAM
- Android 4.0
- 8-megapixel rear camera
- VGA-quality front camera
The PadStation also adds some features such as micro USB and micro HDMI ports. It also comes with a capacitive stylus that also acts as a phone receiver. Yes, that means you can talk into the stylus when the PadFone is in tablet mode. I rather use a Bluetooth headset, but that’s just me.
The only thing we need to know now is price.