Asus Padfone X convertible device lands on AT&T June 6

AT&T announced it will begin taking preorders for the Padfone X on June 6 for $199.

Preorders for the Padfone X begin on AT&T June 6. AT&T

Want both a tablet and Android smartphone for the price of just one gadget? Well today is your lucky day, at least if you're wedded to AT&T. The carrier said it will add the Asus Padfone X, a tablet and phone hybrid, to its roster on June 6 for $200.

To be clear this $200 sticker price requires you commit to a two-year service contract. Customers, however, have the option to buy the Padfone X for no money down as part of AT&T's Next contract-free upgrade plan. Keep in mind that you'll still be on the hook for either 18 monthly payments of $22.92 or 12 monthly payments of $29.80. They add up to sums of $412.56 and $357.60 respectively. Don't forget to tack on additional monthly data and voice charges either.

Of course, one big plus the Asus Padfone brings to the table is its ability to function as both a wireless smartphone and Android tablet. That means owners of the device will have the flexibility to switch between a standard handset and slate on the fly, yet pay for only one cellular plan.

Interested in what the Asus Padfone X is all about? Check out our hands-on Editors' Take and stay tuned for a full review as soon as we get our mitts on a test unit.

About the author

Brian Bennett is senior editor for appliances at CNET and reviews a wide range of household and smart-home products. These include everything from microwave ovens, blenders, ranges and coffee makers to personal weather stations. An NYC native, Brian now resides in bucolic Louisville, Kentucky where he dreams of someday owning the sparkling house of the future.


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