Get more from your mobile with the Asus Padfone

Asus showed up at Mobile World Congress (MWC) with the Padfone, its latest head-scratching device that lets you take a phone and turn it into a tablet and a notebook.

Asus showed up at Mobile World Congress (MWC) with the Padfone, its latest head-scratching device that lets you take a phone and turn it into a tablet and a notebook.

The Padfone snaps into a docking slot on the Asus Padstation tablet. (Credit: Aloysius Low/CNET Asia)

Asus struck a high note when it introduced the one-of-a-kind Transformer Prime last year, but that device was only the beginning.

On Monday at MWC, Asus finally released its long-awaited Padfone. Although the device first made an appearance last May in a promotional video, sightings of the actual device have been rare. And after skipping an official unveiling at CES last month, speculation mounted that Asus would use Barcelona as the stage instead.

At its most basic level, the Padfone is a candy-bar Android smartphone with high-end (though hardly revolutionary) specs. You'll find a 4.3-inch AMOLED display, a Qualcomm dual-core processor, messaging, email, Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, an 8-megapixel camera, a second VGA shooter around the front and a media player.

The Padfone's story, however, isn't about what the phone can do, but about what you can do with the phone. Building where Motorola's laptop dock left off, the Padfone can slide into the Asus Padstation to become a 10.1-inch tablet. Everything that you can do on the phone, from browsing the web to playing media and using apps, you now can do in tablet form. You can even make calls using the integrated speakerphone or a Bluetooth headset (you'd look pretty silly carrying a tablet next to your ear).

But the Padfone doesn't stop there. You can also turn the tablet into a small notebook by attaching the Asus Station Dock keyboard. Like with the Transformer Prime, the keyboard will snap on to the bottom of the tablet for your typing needs.

Via CNET

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