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AT&T's two-in-one Asus PadFone X

A tablet for a richer viewing experience

Starting out with a 5-inch display

A look to the side

Above midrange specs inside

13-megapixel lens on the rear

Ready, set, slide

A secure fit

The phone has the power

Battle of the bulge

Front-facing speakers

How to achieve Zen (UI)

Accessories for your PadFone X

A smartphone at its core, the Asus PadFone X has a particular trick up its sleeve: when plugged into its accompanying station dock, it can be used as a full-fledged tablet. It's currently available from AT&T for $199.99 with contract, and $549.99 without.

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AT&T's two-in-one Asus PadFone X

A tablet for a richer viewing experience

Starting out with a 5-inch display

A look to the side

Above midrange specs inside

13-megapixel lens on the rear

Ready, set, slide

A secure fit

The phone has the power

Battle of the bulge

Front-facing speakers

How to achieve Zen (UI)

Accessories for your PadFone X

When used with its tablet componen, users gain a 9-inch display and dual front-facing speakers.

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AT&T's two-in-one Asus PadFone X

A tablet for a richer viewing experience

Starting out with a 5-inch display

A look to the side

Above midrange specs inside

13-megapixel lens on the rear

Ready, set, slide

A secure fit

The phone has the power

Battle of the bulge

Front-facing speakers

How to achieve Zen (UI)

Accessories for your PadFone X

The phone has a 5-inch touchscreen with a 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution. It runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat, has 16GB of internal storage, 64GB of expandable storage, and 2GB of RAM.

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AT&T's two-in-one Asus PadFone X

A tablet for a richer viewing experience

Starting out with a 5-inch display

A look to the side

Above midrange specs inside

13-megapixel lens on the rear

Ready, set, slide

A secure fit

The phone has the power

Battle of the bulge

Front-facing speakers

How to achieve Zen (UI)

Accessories for your PadFone X

Measuring 5.67 inches tall and 2.85 inches wide, the handset is comfortable to hold, and easy to maneuver with one hand. It sports tapered edges with a brushed-aluminum design that adds just a dash of style to the overall bland-looking device.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Josh Miller/CNET

AT&T's two-in-one Asus PadFone X

A tablet for a richer viewing experience

Starting out with a 5-inch display

A look to the side

Above midrange specs inside

13-megapixel lens on the rear

Ready, set, slide

A secure fit

The phone has the power

Battle of the bulge

Front-facing speakers

How to achieve Zen (UI)

Accessories for your PadFone X

The phone is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, a 550MHz Adreno 300 GPU, and a 2,300mAh battery.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Josh Miller/CNET

AT&T's two-in-one Asus PadFone X

A tablet for a richer viewing experience

Starting out with a 5-inch display

A look to the side

Above midrange specs inside

13-megapixel lens on the rear

Ready, set, slide

A secure fit

The phone has the power

Battle of the bulge

Front-facing speakers

How to achieve Zen (UI)

Accessories for your PadFone X

On the back is a 13-megapixel camera capable of shooting 4K video, and on the front is a 2-megapixel shooter.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Josh Miller/CNET

AT&T's two-in-one Asus PadFone X

A tablet for a richer viewing experience

Starting out with a 5-inch display

A look to the side

Above midrange specs inside

13-megapixel lens on the rear

Ready, set, slide

A secure fit

The phone has the power

Battle of the bulge

Front-facing speakers

How to achieve Zen (UI)

Accessories for your PadFone X

To connect the two, you'll need to slide the handset, screen-side down, against the back of the tablet.

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AT&T's two-in-one Asus PadFone X

A tablet for a richer viewing experience

Starting out with a 5-inch display

A look to the side

Above midrange specs inside

13-megapixel lens on the rear

Ready, set, slide

A secure fit

The phone has the power

Battle of the bulge

Front-facing speakers

How to achieve Zen (UI)

Accessories for your PadFone X

A short haptic vibration will let you know that it's fully docked, and ridges on the side of the tablet's canal locks the phone in place.

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AT&T's two-in-one Asus PadFone X

A tablet for a richer viewing experience

Starting out with a 5-inch display

A look to the side

Above midrange specs inside

13-megapixel lens on the rear

Ready, set, slide

A secure fit

The phone has the power

Battle of the bulge

Front-facing speakers

How to achieve Zen (UI)

Accessories for your PadFone X

The station dock cannot function without the handset,  so only when it is inserted can you begin using the tablet. While the tablet has its own 4,990mAh battery, it'll need to utilize the phone's CPU.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Josh Miller/CNET

AT&T's two-in-one Asus PadFone X

A tablet for a richer viewing experience

Starting out with a 5-inch display

A look to the side

Above midrange specs inside

13-megapixel lens on the rear

Ready, set, slide

A secure fit

The phone has the power

Battle of the bulge

Front-facing speakers

How to achieve Zen (UI)

Accessories for your PadFone X

When fully assembled, the PadFone X looks clunky. It measures 9.86 inches wide, 6.78 inches tall, and 0.77 inch thick at its thickest point. Unfortunately, it will bulge out the rear, preventing the tablet from ever lying flat.

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AT&T's two-in-one Asus PadFone X

A tablet for a richer viewing experience

Starting out with a 5-inch display

A look to the side

Above midrange specs inside

13-megapixel lens on the rear

Ready, set, slide

A secure fit

The phone has the power

Battle of the bulge

Front-facing speakers

How to achieve Zen (UI)

Accessories for your PadFone X

The tablet has a 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution that is passable, but not as crisp as the phone's (in case you're curious, the pixel-per-inch count will drop from 441ppi to just 252ppi on the tablet). As mentioned before, it also has front-facing speakers on the left and right bezels.

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AT&T's two-in-one Asus PadFone X

A tablet for a richer viewing experience

Starting out with a 5-inch display

A look to the side

Above midrange specs inside

13-megapixel lens on the rear

Ready, set, slide

A secure fit

The phone has the power

Battle of the bulge

Front-facing speakers

How to achieve Zen (UI)

Accessories for your PadFone X

Overlaid on top of the Android OS is Asus' ZenUI interface. Featuring brightly colored, flat icons, and boxy, oversize widgets, the skin is user-friendly, but can come off as too playful and unsophisticated to the austere eye.

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AT&T's two-in-one Asus PadFone X

A tablet for a richer viewing experience

Starting out with a 5-inch display

A look to the side

Above midrange specs inside

13-megapixel lens on the rear

Ready, set, slide

A secure fit

The phone has the power

Battle of the bulge

Front-facing speakers

How to achieve Zen (UI)

Accessories for your PadFone X

Folio cases for both the tablet and smartphone are available. Asus also makes a Bluetooth keyboard dock for $100 that can turn the PadFone X's form into a laptop. Click here for more Asus products.

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