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MWC 2012: Asus Release Phone-Cum-Tablet ‘Asus Padfone’

A very striking feature of MWC 2012 this year is that it features a number of hybrid-like devices. And that indicates that the distinguishing line is fast blurring between tablets and smartphone devices, not to mention that notebooks stay quite close too. Asus has been leading the charge with it’s ‘transformer’ philosophy. And now Asus has unveiled Padfone, a phone which can effectively be turned into a 10-inch tablet with the help of accompanying accessories. 


This is truly a one-of-its kind phone that we have seen so far. Imagine how cool is it to listen a call on your smartphone, then hitch up a few accessories and start using it as a 10-inch tablet. It comes with a lot of cool features. You can also get an optional keyboard with it to kind of complete the Transformer Eee Pad experience, or something like that. Also, Asus has taken up stylus honoring it’s recent revival by Samsung. The stylus acts both as…well, stylus and as a receiver when you are on the call.

The actual phone has a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display and is just 8.9mm-thick. Moreover, it is unwittingly light-weight, which makes it very convenient to carry around. The back, again, reminds one of Transformer Prime, with it’s metal finish. The processor used in the device is a Snapdragon dual-core S4 chip and is powered up by Adreno 225 GPU.

Padfone runs Ice Cream Sandwich, precisely what you will expect from all next-generation Android smartphone devices. Other must-haves include 3.5mm-headphone jack, a micro-USB port, Bluetooth 4.0, gyroscope and GPS. HSPA+ is also included in connectivity options which claims to allow download speeds as high as 42Mbps.

Image courtesy Engadget.

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