Jan 30 AT 12:16 PM Taylor Wimberly 33 Comments

Asus to reveal redesigned Padfone at MWC 2012


The Asus Padfone has been a long time in the making, but we should finally see the final design at Mobile World Congress on February 27th, according to a report from Paul O’Brien of Modaco. The first of its kind innovation allows the user to dock their smartphone into a tablet docking accessory for a larger viewing area.

Many recent reports keep claiming that the Padfone will feature Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor, but the device was already spotted with a Snapdragon S4 (MSM8960) in some leaked benchmarks. Sean Hollister of The Verge also confirmed the Snapdragon S4 processor was included with the prototype unit that was being shown off at CES.

This could all change however because Asus is expected to reveal a redesigned Padfone that differs from the prototypes that have been shown so far. This means the physical design will be altered, most likely to remove the physical buttons since the Padfone is expected to ship with Android 4.0.

Another interesting feature of the Padfone is that it supports the Asus Transfomer keyboard dock. The prototype unit shown at CES supported the older TF101 dock, but we expect the redesigned unit to support the newer TF201 docking station that works with the Transformer Prime.

Overall, it looks like a pretty unique device that is sure to garner some attention thanks to its unique design. Ultimately, we think it will succeed or fail based on the exact retail pricing of the tablet accessory. Hopefully they can keep it under $150, similar to the mobile docking station of the Transformer Prime.

Bonus video: In case you somehow missed it, check out the first unveiling of the Padfone by Asus Chairman Jonney Shih.

Via: Modaco

Source: Asus Padfone

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    Okay, I am SERIOUSLY stoked about this! Between the Padfone and the Spider concept devices and the work that Asus has been doing with the Transformer series, this is some REALLY cool stuff! I blogged a year ago ( http://www.jaxidian.org/update/2011/01/10/182/ ) about all of this sort of stuff and it’s really exciting to see some of this really happening!

  • triangle

    It sounds interesting, but I think it will be more about how the product is designed and whether the carriers will allow you to use this product without buying an additional data plan. If you have to pay $20 extra to be able to use the tablet, along with the phone, then I don’t think this product will get much traction in the market.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Knowing the carriers, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them ask for an additional $20 or whatever to use your data connection on the tablet accessory. That’s what AT&T did for the Motorola Atrix 4G lapdock accessory.

      • Hue Three of Five

        I don’t need to pay extra to use my lapdock with my Bionic on Verizon.

        I agree though, I don’t think the padfone will be well received by carriers.

      • Fahad

        It’s shit like that At&t…

      • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

        Are you serious? You guys get SCREWED by carriers over in the states! I thought tethering charges were bad enough but charges to dock your phone? Wow.

        • Hue Three of Five

          Yea and we are the last to get new mobile technology too. We got the Galaxy S2 about six months after Europe had it.

      • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

        I didn’t realize AT&T did that. That’s ridiculous! They need to take this tiered data to the next level and just let us pay for a single bucket of data and allow any device to pull from that bucket. This per-device bucket is crap. And of course, that only works if they have properly-sized and priced buckets.

    • Anthony Ansley

      since there is nothing in the tablet or dock that is tied to the account – the phone is the account – there should be nothing different than buying any other android phone.

      Come on SPRINT!!! You have GOT to get this one!

  • Nathan D.

    I really want to see MWC here already.

  • AsakuraZero

    and this trows my commentary about the ugly padphone to the bin… there comes the phone of my dreams i might say bye bye to my galaxy s2

    • AsakuraZero

      i didint read it! IT SUPPORTS THE TF KEYBOARD OOMGOSH o_O i died a bit on that part gosh gosh haha /fanboy

      asus y freaking love you, make a beatufifull desing and fck the specs I BUY THE PHONE

      • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

        Yeah it’s the world’s first ultrabook-phone-tablet.

  • Vyrlokar

    I have a TF101 with dock. I was severely disappointed that the TF201 dock wasn’t compatible, for no good reason (Correct me if I’m wrong, I’m speaking from hearsay). Now, my current smartphone, an OG HTC Desire is nearing it’s End of Life. I’ll keep it around for a while still, thanks to CyanogenMod, but I sure hope that the padphone is successful enough that they release an updated version. I can see my next phone and my next tablet being that…

    • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

      From what I can see, the original tf dock isn’t compatible because the new one is about half the weight and looks completely different. They’d look ridiculous together. But I guess the option to use the original would be nice

  • Thomas Biard

    I like the idea of interchangeable docks. I think it would be great for someone to come out with one that plugs into HDMI or the MicroUSB and will work for any phone running a certain Android OS (or even one that can have updated firmware). So many possibilities! It only takes everyone to stop releasing phones every 6 weeks and start with more universal features!

  • tkitty93

    I want a screen/tablet like this for my galaxys2 !!!!!!!!!1

  • Nate B.

    As new and innovating as this is, I don’t see myself using this. Of course every person is different.

    • Paul Jamieson

      I totally agree … Motorola did it with the Atrix, and it bombed, i’m not sure why they
      are still flogging a dead horse ..
      I was hoping for more pen based tablets, as this idea seems much more usable …
      Asus makes some fantastic devices .. but this 1 blows chunks !!

      • zen

        cos motorola did it half arsed and charged an arm and a leg for that half an arse.

  • spazby

    Asus is on fire

  • epps720

    This is a pretty cool product if you have a tablet solely for yourself, don’t have to share w/the wife. Otherwise for someone else to use it they would have to take your phone as well.

  • cwjones4

    If plugging the phone into the tablet boots the battery life to almost a day or so, sign me up. this could be exactly what I have been looking for.

  • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

    This will be the first video i do when i get to mwc..

  • http://tinkerdad.blogspot.com xfaith

    I can’t wait to see this,

  • Matt Yearian

    Very excited for this, I would probably buy it over a Galaxy Nexus. Unfortunately, I doubt that when comes stateside it will be on Sprint :(

  • Matt Yearian

    Very excited for this, I would probably buy it over a Galaxy Nexus. Unfortunately, I doubt that when it comes stateside it will be on Sprint :(

  • vid500

    Realy cool, Asus is making great products this days. But the problem is to decide wich one to pick.