Asus finally announces the redesigned PadFone with Android 4.0, dual-core SnapDragon S4 processor, Bluetooth stylus

Remember the Asus PadFone? We first heard about the phone/tablet combo device that had us drooling back in May 2011. A few months later, and after many redesigns, Asus is finally ready to let us enjoy the PadFone. The newly redesigned Asus PadFone is a phone that docks into tablet and powers the tablet, giving you two devices in one. The phone part of the Asus PadFone features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display, Qualcomm’s latest dual-core SnapDragon S4 processor, an ultra-sharp 8-megapixel, and Google’s Android 4.0 operating system.

The tablet portion of the Asus PadFone features a 10.1-inch display with 5-times the battery capacity of the phone. An optional keyboard dock will also be available, which basically transforms this device into a 3-in-1: you have a smartphone, that powers a tablet, that can be transformed into laptop.

The Asus PadFone will also come with a stylus headset. That’s right, Asus the King of creating Transformer-style gadgets created a stylus that also doubles as a Bluetooth headset. So you will be able to use your PadFone to take notes, just like the HTC Flyer, Galaxy Note, LG Vu, while also using the stylus pick up your phone. Keep the genius going, Asus!

The Padfone will be available in April and will be running on Google’s Android 4.0 operating system. Unfortunately, no pricing information was made available.

So, what are the odds of this beast of a device making its way to the U.S? While I believe that it will eventually make it one of the three 4 main carriers here, I don’t think we’re going to get it right away. Knowing how the U.S. carriers like to charge extra for things you already pay for, I wouldn’t be surprised if some sort of extra tethering plan will be required.

I guess we’ll just have to see what happens come April.

Keep up the good work, Asus.

ASUS PadFone and upcoming Transformer Pad Lineup unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2012

ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih introduces the latest ASUS mobile devices and discusses his vision of ubiquitous cloud computing

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain (27 February, 2012) – At today’s “Incredibly Mobile Endless Possibilities” ASUS press event, Chairman Jonney Shih unveiled the revolutionary PadFone and upcoming Transformer Pad lineup. “The time has finally arrived when every screen in your lives could transcend into a portal with real time access into your digital world,” said Mr. Shih as he introduced the ASUS PadFone which transforms into a three-in-one combination of a smartphone, a tablet and a notebook when accessorized with the PadFone Station and PadFone Station Dock.

The ASUS PadFone is an incredible 4.3” smartphone featuring a Super AMOLEDqHD display, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core processor and an ultra-sharp 8-megapixel digital camera with Fuji image processor all wrapped in an exquisite design that is optimized for Google’s Android 4.0 operating system. When placed inside the optional PadFone Station, it transforms into a 10.1” tablet with 5 times the battery capacity. The PadFone offers unmatched versatility via ASUS’ proprietary Dynamic Display technology which allows seamless transition between the PadFone and PadFone Station display screens. In addition, the PadFone Station offers an optional keyboard dock that essentially turns the PadFone into an ultraportable computing device. The PadFone also comes with the option of a PadFone Stylus Headset which is a Bluetooth stylus pen that transforms into a headset for picking up calls easily.

ASUS is redefining the future of mobile computing devices and is excited to announce the new and innovative ASUS Transformer Pad lineup. Offering three distinct models to fit the unique needs of mobile media consumers, ASUS believes in providing consumers with choices. The ASUS Transformer Pad lineup includes the ASUS Transformer Pad Prime and upcoming ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity series and ASUS Transformer Pad 300 series.

The Transformer Pad Infinity Series is poised to be the go-to tablet for HD mobile entertainment as it features an impressive 1920×1200 Full HD Super IPS+ display and ASUS SonicMaster technology. The 4G LTE* model comes armed with the powerful Qualcomm MSM 8960 Snapdragon S4 Krait Dual-core 1.5Gh processor and is capable of download and upload speeds of up to 100Mbps and 50Mbps respectively. The WiFi model features the NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor for incredible application and gaming performance. The Transformer Pad Infinity has a 2MP front camera for HD video conferencing along with an 8MP rear camera with a large F2.2 aperture, 5-element lens and LED flash for stunning high quality images or HD video capture.

The Transformer Pad 300 Series makes for an ideal mobile web surfing and gaming platform with its NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor and high quality 10.1” 1280×800 IPS display with either 4G LTE* or WiFi options. It features a 1.2MP front camera for video conferencing and an 8MP rear camera with a large F2.2 aperture, 5-element lens allows for high quality images along with HD video recording. The Transformer Pad 300 Series has battery life of up to 10 hours*, and that is extended up to 15 hours* with the optional keyboard dock.

Via The Verge

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