Mobile World Congress – the ASUS PadFone!!

It’s crazy!
I nearly fainted when I saw this. Just as I’m done with my Asus Transformer Prime review, Asus launched a PadFone!
Here, check out the video. It tells you all!

Amazing isn’t it? I could totally do with one!
Frankly, I’m not a tablet person, but the ASUS PadFone integrates a lethal three-in-one combination of a smartphone, a tablet and a notebook (when accessorized with the PadFone Station and PadFone Station Dock)! How can one not have a need for these gadgets?

Since there’s no way I can get my hands on one to even touch and feel, I’ll have to make do with pictures out the www. But watch the video if you really want to know how the PadFone works.
According to credible sources, the Asus PadFone will only be available in Malaysia in April 2012 (earliest). Darn! 🙁

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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: ASUS PadFone

Networks WCDMA 900/2100 MHz /EDGE/GPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900HSPA+(DL: 21Mbps, 42Mbps(optional) UL: 5.76Mbps)
Operating System Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
CPU Snapdragon S4 processor by Qualcomm with up to 1.5Ghz Dual Core CPUs and Adreno 225 GPU
Memory 16GB, 32GB or 64GB eMMC Flash + 1GB LPDDR2 RAM
Connectivity 802.11b+g+n, Bluetooth 4.03.5mm audio jack, Micro-USB 2.0
GPS GPS  and A-GPS Support
Display 4.3“ Super AMOLED, qHD (960 x 540), Scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with HCLR Film
Camera Rear: 8 Mega-Pixel, F2.2 Aperture, Auto Focus with LED FlashFront: VGA Camera
Others Built-in motion sensor / proximity light sensor /gyro sensor / E-compass
Battery 1520mAh Lithium-ion (5.62 Watt-hr)
Talk time WCDMA: Up to 510 mins    GSM: Up to 650 mins
Standby time WCDMA: Up to 440 hours   GSM: Up to 373 hours
Expansion Slot Micro-SD (supports SDHC/SDXC up to 32GB)
Browser HTTP / Google browser / YouTube browser / Facebook
Messaging SMS / MMS / Email / IM / Push E-mail (Gmail, Exchange)
Video Video Playback: MPEG4/H.264 1.4a/H.263/WMV @ HD 1080pVideo Recording: MPEG4/H.263 @ HD 1080pH.264 Video Decode @ 720p / Video Encode @1080p
H.264 / Ogg / Theora / MPEG4 / WMV / 3GP
Picture JPEG / PNG / GIP / BMP
Audio MP3 / WMA / 3GP / AAC / AAC
Dimensions 128 x 65.4 x 9.2mm
Weight 129g
Accessories^ Stylus Headset, Station Dock, Sleeve

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: ASUS PadFone Station*

Connected interface Micro-USB / Micro-HDMI
Display 10.1“, 1280X800,with capacitive touch/multi-touch, scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with HCLR Film
Camera Rear: 8 Mega-Pixel (via PadFone rear camera)Front: 1.3 Mega-Pixel (1280*800)
Others Vibration sensor built-in,2 color LED indicators for battery status
Battery 24.4 Watt-hr
Interface 2-in-1 Audio Jack(Head Phone, Microphone-in)40pin connector
External Antenna Phone Antenna / GPS Antenna
Audio High Quality Speakers, SonicMaster
Dimensions 273 (W) x 176.9 (D) x 13.55mm (H-average)
Weight 724g

*Product specifications, market availability and features may change without prior notice. Actual results vary based on device settings, usage and other factors. Check www.asus.com for further details.

So far, other tablets that has integrated phone functionality requires you to use the earphones or put the whole tablet to your ear to answer a call. With the Asus PadFone, you answer calls using the stylus!
My my, the stylus is making a comeback; in many cooler ways than one! 🙂

Check out my other Asus experiences:

  1. The launch of the Asus Zenbook
  2. The Asus Transformer Prime – first impressions
  3. The Asus Transformer Prime Review

 

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