The ASUS PadFone is a very interesting concept: it’s a phone that can dock into a tablet shell and immediately adapt itself to the tablet DPI. All of your apps are now usable in tablet mode, at least in theory. The device has gone through a few iterations; the latest was the PadFone Infinity.
But it looks like ASUS has a new model up their sleeves. Looking at their support page, one of the options for the product was “The new PadFone Infinity.” It’s gone now, but this could have been an accident. Could there be a new PadFone coming?
Looking at GFXBench, there is an entry called the PadFone Infinity A86, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The current model is the A80 and is powered by a Snapdragon 600, so this is just further evidence of what could be the upcoming successor to the PadFone.
But the most important question is: Will we ever see it in the US? Devices like these would be frowned upon by carriers, because they sell both data-enabled phones and tablets. This one device would give people the option of a data-enabled tablet without paying for another line, so it’s hard to imagine a US carrier adopting it. However, ASUS has said that it will bring a phone to the US soon, so this might just be it. Would you buy one?