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ASUS' PadFone concept is finally headed to the U.S.

ASUS’ PadFone concept has been around for quite a few years, but the United States has always been left out of the loop. ASUS as a brand may be familiar to U.S. enthusiasts for PC components and notebooks, but the company is virtually unknown to mainstream U.S. smartphone buyers – hence the hesitation.
ASUS and AT&T are now looking to change that with the introduction of the PadFone X next month. More specifically, pre-orders for the smartphone-cum-tablet will begin on June 6 at a price of $199 with a two-year contract.
“We are proud to add the innovative ASUS PadFone X to AT&T’s leading device portfolio,” said Jeff Bradley, Senior Vice President for Devices at AT&T. “PadFone X offers the ability to instantly experience multiple displays via a premium smartphone and tablet,” added ASUS CEO Jerry Shen.

The PadFone X by itself is a 5-inch 1080p smartphone powered by a 2.3GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. It comes equipped with a 13MP rear camera, 16GB of onboard storage and a microSD slot for storage expansion up to 64GB. The device is of course running Android 4.4 KitKat.
However, the PadFone X can be transformed into a 9-inch tablet (also 1080p) via the PadFone Station (the PadFone Station is included in the $199 on-contract pricing). The use of the PadFone station also doubles battery life.
ASUS and AT&T first announced that the PadFone X would come to America way back in January, so we’re glad that they at least didn’t forget about us…

Source: AT&T

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No need
By Jeffk464 on 5/28/2014 11:04:34 AM , Rating: 2
eh, just keep your phone and your tablet automatically synced.

RE: No need
By drycrust3 on 5/28/2014 4:02:48 PM , Rating: 2
The thing here isn't they "synching" of the phone and tablet, it is the integration of a whole lot of features: shared phone calling and mobile network data, shared wifi access, shared memory, shared battery supply, etc.
Of course, you should be able to achieve some of this with Bluetooth.
One really important point about this concept is it isn't a phone with a large screen option, it is a tablet with smartphone capabilities.

By willj1220 on 5/28/14, Rating: 0
RE: woops
By Brandon Hill on 5/28/2014 12:37:21 PM , Rating: 2
RE: woops
By quiksilvr on 5/28/2014 4:14:46 PM , Rating: 2
You have to hyphen between it (phone-cum-tablet) otherwise you are just saying it. My company flagged the site and I had to explain to them what happened.


I'm waiting
By FITCamaro on 5/28/2014 1:26:57 PM , Rating: 2
For the Android phone that can plug into a laptop dock and run as a Chromebook.

Cost effective.
By zephyrprime on 5/28/2014 4:17:10 PM , Rating: 2
This is a cost effective way to get a tablet. It reduces the cost of the tablet to the cost of a screen and a battery plus the superstructure and eliminates the entire cost of all the costly processing power, memory, and radios. Also, as someone else already said, it's a much more cost effective way of getting a data plan for your tablet than buying a separate data plan.

oh my...
By Nortel on 5/28/14, Rating: -1
RE: oh my...
By Brandon Hill on 5/28/2014 11:56:53 AM , Rating: 2
All that hassle and extra engineering to get 4 extra inches?

Did Austin Powers have one of those? ;)

But seriously, I guess it makes sense for those that were going to buy a phone on contract anyway, and wouldn't mind buying into the tablet craze as well. $199 on contract is not a bad price IMHO for the pairing.

Personally, I would like my devices to be functional without one needing the other, but I'm not everyone.

RE: oh my...
By kmmatney on 5/28/2014 12:03:19 PM , Rating: 2
I think Apple could pull something like this off (convert your iPhone into an iPad - that would sell like crazy) but I'm not sure ASUS can pull it off in the U.S. The price is great - and can't see them making much profit on this.

RE: oh my...
By Reclaimer77 on 5/28/2014 5:44:36 PM , Rating: 2
I think Apple could pull something like this off (convert your iPhone into an iPad - that would sell like crazy) but I'm not sure ASUS can pull it off in the U.S.

WOW. You really are a fanboi aren't you?

Why can only Apple pull this off and Asus can't? Has Apple pulled off anything as flexible and innovative as the Asus Transformer with the stale same-old iPad? No!

Apparently taking the same old tablet every year and wrapping it in the same old case, means Apple is just KING of designing.

RE: oh my...
By acer905 on 5/28/2014 12:11:16 PM , Rating: 2
If at a 16:9 aspect ratio, jumping from a 5" screen to a 9" screen is actually a screen area inrease of 500%

Not that you would ever care anyway...

RE: oh my...
By karimtemple on 5/28/2014 1:33:31 PM , Rating: 2
A phone that has a tablet dock doesn't make any less sense than a tablet that has a laptop dock or a laptop that has a desktop dock. i.e., It makes perfect sense. Unconsciously, you just don't like the bump in the back. TBH, that's probably fair.

RE: oh my...
By atechfan on 5/29/2014 8:34:06 AM , Rating: 1
It isn't something I'd be interested in, because it is Android, but it is a great idea. Some people can't afford both a phone and a tablet, or don't want a separate data plan for both. It is exactly this kind of wide variety of devices that made Windows beat MacOS and is now making Android beat iOS.

Notice that companies like Asus and Lenovo are although growing in the Windows ecosystem as well. Innovation, build quality, willingness to try new ideas, all these are important when the market is changing. Asus needs to make a product that stands out in the Android market as well, and this could be it. Otherwise, they might as well just let Samsung have Android to themselves.

RE: oh my...
By karimtemple on 5/29/2014 3:59:09 PM , Rating: 2
When was the last time you gave Android a shot?

And who was the vendor? Only considering "pure" Google Android: I personally found iOS to be superior to Android from 2007 until Jelly Bean, at which point I found the two to be on equal footing each for their own reasons. With KitKat, Android has become the superior mobile OS, from what I can tell. I use an iPhone 5 (from work) and an LG G2 (w/ custom firmware).

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