ASUS officially introduced Padfone
ASUS officially unveiled the PadFone hybrid at the Mobile World Congress 2012, the first android device that combines the capabilities of a smartphone, tablet and netbook.
ASUS PadFone is a modern android smartphone. PadFone is equipped with a new generation Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 8260A dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, supplemented by the Adreno 225 graphics accelerator. The integrated flash module of the device is presented in three versions: 16, 32 and 64 GB. RAM - 1 GB. The 4.3-inch touchscreen display is made using Super AMOLED technology and has a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. It is covered with Corning Gorilla protective glass with HCLR film.
Among the communication capabilities of the device: Wi-Fi adapter 802.11b / g / n, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS receiver; work in networks HSPA + and GSM / GPRS / EDGE is supported. The main camera with an 8-megapixel sensor, autofocus and LED flash, the front - 0.3-megapixel. There is a MicroSD slot, a microUSB 2.0 port, a digital compass, a gyroscope, proximity, light sensors and a 3.5 mm audio jack. The dimensions of the novelty are 128 × 65.4 × 9.2 mm; weight - 129 g.
Talk time: up to 650 minutes (GSM), up to 510 minutes (WCDMA) .
Standby time: up to 373 hours (GSM), up to 440 hours (WCDMA) .
Even a relatively large screen - 4.3 inches - does not allow to reveal all the possibilities of working with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Extends the functionality of the smartphone special station PadFone Station, which looks like a stylish tablet with a 10.1-inch touchscreen. The whole secret in a special compartment for the Pad-phone. It is enough to install a smartphone in the compartment to instantly display an image from it on a 10-inch display.
An image “expands” not by simply scaling pixels to fill the free space. The innovative technology of dynamic display is applied, reconfiguring Android ICS on the big screen and high resolution (1280 x 800).
Moreover, the state of each application is preserved when the PadFone station is turned off. This means that literally everything from email to games can be resumed on the big screen since the last time you used it. Say goodbye to constant synchronization!
By placing the PadFone inside the station, the user will receive a tablet with an additional battery that increases the duration of work by five times. PadFone-station uses all the mobile capabilities of the smartphone. Thus, only one SIM card is required.
In turn, the tablet station has its own 1.3-megapixel (1280x800 pixels) front camera, microUSB and microHDMI ports, a standard 3.5 mm audio jack and speakers with the famous ASUS SonicMaster technology. Note that when connecting PadFone, you can use the 8-megapixel camera. The dimensions of the station are 273 x 176.9 x 13.5 mm and the weight is 724 grams. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla glass with HCLR film.
The metamorphoses do not end there - you can connect an additional keyboard to the PadFone Station, turning the devices into an analog of ASUS Eee Pad Transformer (unfortunately, the keyboard will not work from the latter to the PadFone Station). The keyboard also has a battery, which increases the battery life PadFone almost nine times.
Separately, we will talk about the possibilities of controlling using a stylus (PadFone Stylus Headset). In addition to the main function of working with the screen, it is also a Bluetooth headset, allowing you to talk on the phone without removing it from the tablet.
More detailed information about the device will be available in our next review. ASUS PadFone will enter the Russian market in May-June this year. The recommended retail price for a set of ASUS PadFone and PadFone Station will be from 33 000 rubles.
Official page ASUS PadFone (Russia) .