AT&T's Asus PadFone X

LAS VEGAS -- In partnership with AT&T, the Asus Padfone X will be available to the US market later this year. It features a Snapdragon 800 processor inside a 5-inch smartphone -- that of which can then connect into a 9-inch tablet.

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Now with Android 4.4 KitKat

Thanks to the addition of Android 4.4 KitKat and Voice over LTE (VoLTE), which will support voice calls over the data network, this carrier-branded version is an even more promising performer than its cousin, the Asus PadFone (September 2013).

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Running on AT&T

Apart from OS and this carrier partner, the specs we know of so far are very similar to September's unlocked, global model.

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1080p HD screen

The PadFone X includes a 5-inch, 1080p HD smartphone slides into a connector bay on the back of the tablet docking shell.

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The phone holds the power

The phone sports a 2,300mAh non-removable battery and Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, which the tablet will use for its own processing power. The pad will come with its own 4,990mAh battery, however.

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Dual speakers for media

The tablet also features dual front-facing speakers, which is ideal for media viewing. Both the devices looked to have pretty solid build quality, but of course, we won't know for sure until we get a review unit in our offices.

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Down to 9 inches

The tablet portion of the PadFone is smaller this time around, just a 9-inch HD screen (with a 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution) rather than the 10.1 inches before. That'll place the PadFone X on the larger end of the tablet scale compared to small-size devices like Nexus 7 and iPad Mini tablets.

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Two-in-one on the go

The PadFone X's eventual success or failure on AT&T will come down to price and if buying the one-two combo makes financial sense for those who are also interested in a tablet form factor for travel or home.

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