The Asus Padfone: Where no phone has gone before (photos)
Asus moves beyond the Transformer Prime with a device that starts as a phone and can end as a notebook. CNET goes hands on at Mobile World Congress.
More than just a phone
BARCELONA, Spain--A lot of of companies like to describe their products as different, but the Asus Padfone is in a class by itself. Asus took cues from its own Transformer Prime and Motorola's Laptop Dock when designing the device. Though it starts out as a phone, you can slide into the Asus Padstation for a tablet experience. And if that's not enough, you can turn the tablet into a notebook by connecting a separate keyboard accessory. If you're a little confused, I don't blame you, but this exclusive hands-on photo gallery from our friends at CNET Asia should explain it all.
Though Asus has chosen Mobile World Congress to officially debut the PadFone, we first heard about the concept last year. With a standard candy bar design, the handset doesn't look too unusual, but look a little closer and you'll discover that there is a lot to see.
The Padfone has 4.3-inch qHD display with a 960x540-pixel resolution. Fortunately, Asus packed the handset with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Touch controls stand in for physical buttons, and a VGA camera lens sits just to the right of the speaker.
Here you can see the Padfone resting on top of the Padstation. The handset's 8-megapixel sits just above the LED flash. CNET Asia reports that a textured surface made the device comfortable to hold. The rectangular panel on the right side of the tablet is where the phone slides in.
Asus says that the tablet won't just resize the phone's display, it will also automatically format the content and features for a tablet experience. The 10.1-inch display has a 1,280X800-pixel resolution.