Asus to launch Padfone and high-res TF700 tablet in July

Asus is gearing up for a big second half of the year, with the company aiming for a July launch date for two of its major upcoming Android-powered devices.

Computer maker Asus is gearing up for a big second half of the year, with the company aiming for a July launch date for two of its major upcoming Android-powered devices.

A phone, a tablet, a laptop: the Asus Padfone. (Credit: Asus)

According to comments on the Asus Australia Facebook page (and spotted by the chaps over at Ausdroid), both the Padphone and the latest Transformer tablet, the TF700, will be available locally in July. The latter is the Asus answer to the "resolutionary" display in Apple's new iPad, boasting a 1920x1200-pixel resolution across a 10.1-inch panel. The tablet will also include a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, similar to the one that the company used for the Transformer Prime release at the beginning of the year.

The Padfone is a new concept for Asus mobile devices, and for the industry as a whole. Comprised of several components, the Padfone is a smartphone with a 4.3-inch display that is designed to be inserted into a tablet-sized touchscreen frame. Once inside, the phone powers the tablet display, which in turn can be plugged in to a keyboard dock, like the Transformer tablets.

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