Feb 27 AT 2:43 PM Edgar Cervantes 47 Comments

ASUS PadFone 3-in-1 device to finally be released in April


It has been a while since ASUS unveiled the its tablet/phone hybrid PadFone. But at Mobile World Congress, the manufacturer has finally put an end to the waiting, officially announcing almighty ASUS PadFone will be released come April.

Expectations have changed over time, and this device is not as powerful as we used to see it, anymore. But it offers some great functionality, combining the convenience of three form-factors in a single device. As a standalone device, the phone is a regular 4.3-inch smartphone. Its specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display and Android 4.0 for your Ice Cream Sandwich fix.

What makes this device special, though, is that it functions as multiple devices. Android 4.0 has probably made this simpler to accomplish, as the platform united the tablet and smartphone ecosystems. The ASUS PadFone is able to be docked into a 10.1-inch tablet dock (which adds 5 times the battery life) and  transforms it into a full tablet.

This is all old news, but ASUS has added an extra form-factor we only recently heard of. There is a third piece to the equation, which is a keyboard dock that locks into the tablet similar to the Transformer series. So we have a phone, a tablet and a netbook, all united by a single device.

If that isn’t enough, there is also a stylus headset available. This device can be used as a stylus and easily transformed into a bluetooth headset for answering and making calls.

This should be the ultimate Transformer, right? Everything just becomes something else. Let’s wait for April to hear more details about pricing and availability, and hope that nothing delays its release this time. Take a look at some good images from our friends at The Verge, and let us know what you think. Are any of you interested in this mega-hybrid device?

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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: Phandroid

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


    Here’s to hoping that there’s some way to get Ubuntu on Android working on this! That would be amazing to have that kick in whenever I dock the keyboard dock to the tablet, and perhaps optionally when I’m in tablet mode!

    I LOVE the idea of this product!!

    • Jeff Pan

      Yes .. I can assure this would be what people would be using in 5 yrs time.

      - Phone
      - Tablet and
      - Laptop all in one!

      Thanks Asus for thinking different

    • Brook Marin

      i’ve got a feeling it will be pretty easy to do. especially if this gains any momentum: http://androidandme.com/2012/02/news/ubuntu-for-android-best-bet-at-unifying-the-smartphone-and-desktop-experience/

      This would be amazing for a small business owner / consultant type that is constantly on the move. Not just tech enthusiasts.

      If the price is right, you bet i’ll be getting one!

      • jonathan3579

        Please oh please let this have T-Mobile compatible bands!!! I love my Galaxy Nexus and all but this is TRUE innovation at it’s finest.

        • PulSe

          I saw it mentioned somewhere that all bands will be produced.

    • Andy_jr

      I love the idea of this product as well! I hope it’s implemented well (and the price is reasonable).

      One thing they could do to reward early adopters is to make the accessories work with future versions of the phones. That would ease the cost of upgrading. (Of course, the new versions would have higher resolutions, etc., but it would be nice to be able to upgrade in steps.)

  • revs

    i would be very happy with a; of this if it wasnt gonna be obsolete by summer
    thats my only problem with android devices
    just too many
    after 11 devices i cant keep up $ wise

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

      Don’t buy this device if that’s important. You buy this device if you want to be an early-adopter of such an integrated device. If you want something that’s more “future-proof” (not that such a thing exists), buy the new Transformer Inifinity. That’s about the best you can do soon.

      The Padfone never had a chance at being a top-of-the-line product when you look at the specs because it is v1.0 of such a concept reaching the market. Mainstream specs, sure, but not on par with the fastest/best devices out there. You’ll likely have to wait until v3.0 of such a product for that.

    • delinear

      Who needs to “keep up”? I buy the device that meets both my immediate needs and is also best places to meet my needs for the next 18 months or so. If you’re chasing technology just to look cool then the issue isn’t with the technology. I’ve owned two Android phones in the last two and a bit years and they lasted me fine and both either free or next to free with my contract renewal.

    • GRAW

      Maybe use your head? Do some research?

      That’s what’s wrong with ifanboys, they simply buy what’s “new” and “best” from Apple whether it truly is or not.

    • thel0nerang3r

      I think many people misunderstand what “obsolete” means. So, in 6 months your phone will no longer work? That’s what “obsolete” means to me. I’ve had my Nexus S phone for over year, it still works as well as it did on day one.

      • Bpear96

        I mean I get what your saying saying this phone will be a great phone 6 months from now, but obsolete doesn’t mean broken or not working , it means out-of-date -outdated – old-fashioned.

  • comandantecee

    This is fucking dope!

  • Bryan Stoner

    HEELL YEAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • twospirits

    So which US carriers will carry this? Is it a world phone?

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

      I *thought* it was a GSM phone. I forget if it’s AT&T or T-Mobile. But given that it’s GSM, I bet it’s a world-phone (which would probably mean at least AT&T and hopefully also T-Mo).

  • sap 26

    I’m glad to see this device finally become reality. This is a big step forward and I hope it becomes a popular item. I really see how ICS helps out with connecting the two. Congrats, ASUS!

  • Deon Davis

    Im lost? how is not as powerful as in the past? The Dualcore S4 is the best soc coming out, its even better then tegra 3

    • Matt Yearian

      I’m as clueless as you are on this, just because it’s a dual core doesn’t mean it’s any slouch. Over at anandtech the S4 outperformed tegra 3 in most benchmarks.

  • Vance

    This is brilliant. I wonder which carrier will have it?!
    What’s really exciting is that the PadFone Station actually recharges the PadFone when docked, and the PadFone Keyboard recharges them both as well. Also, you can set the phone to beep if it gets too far away from the Station, so you don’t accidentally leave your home or office without the Station.
    The big question I have will be about using the phone and data while docked. If I’m docked, and take a call on my bluetooth, will I be able to pull up Chrome and search, or sync my email? I know that it is more of a carrier question than an ASUS question, but without that option, it could be tough for me to give up my Prime for this as I often take calls while working on my Prime.

    • thel0nerang3r

      That is a carrier question. VZW and Sprint do not allow this feature (it is part of CDMA spec, but they have chosen not to use it, though they do allow data on LTE/Wimax and voice on CDMA simultaneously). On ATT they made a big deal about iPhone using it, so ATT does support it, though you will have to look it up on each individual handset to see if it’s supported.
      For you, the rest of the features should work, you may just not get a data connection. Depending on what you are working on (do you need data all the time or can it be queued for after you are done with the phone call?) this may or may not work for you.

  • chuksy

    The problem is that they reveal such innovative products and wait another 6 months before they are released. By then other companies have come out with better suff

    • thel0nerang3r

      Welcome to technology, you must be new here.

  • spazby

    This is better than awesome

  • mustybooks

    Awesome my dream device(s). Hope to see this concept continued on and developed in years to come.

  • Hall Lo

    This is really nice, and a real “Transformer” xD
    I like the stylus headset’s idea as well, ASUS you are doing things right!

  • Dirge

    The ultimate and true Transformer. :D

  • AsakuraZero

    i was expecting some quad core power, or tegra3 but idk, this looks sexy maybe asus have my money now..

  • mdawg924

    This device makes a LOT of sense from a minimizing number of gadgets perspective. And I for one and really exited (I hope they’ll bring it to Sprint). I just hope that Asus doesn’t release the padfone 1½ a month later like they did with the transformer prime.

    • jonathan3579

      Exactly. You don’t need just a tablet, phone, or phablet. This device fits ALL of the above with even a netbook-like experience when used with the dock. I’m ready to give them my money right now!

      I bet all the iFags are gonna hate more now.

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    Love the innovation. I’m not concerned about the CPU inside, but I am a little disappointed at the screen resolutions. That said, this might very well be my next phone… even though I already have the TF101 + dock.

  • bender

    I have been waiting for its release for so long, i’m a bit disappointed that it done not use a Tegra 3 cpu

    • jonathan3579

      Tegra 3 is not the end-all processor, lol.

  • thel0nerang3r

    I know I’m dreaming, so I might as well aim for the stars.
    However, I wish that this was a standard interface. So, I could buy whatever phone and be able to use it with whatever tab I wanted. At the very least, that connectors became standardadized by each manufacturer. I mean, will this tablet work with PadFone2? Or do I need to buy a tablet every time I upgrade the phone?

    • Thomas MacDougall

      you make a good point regarding upgrading, when the next padfone comes out will customers have to replace their entire device ecosystem? (i.e. apple model)

  • WlfHart

    This on T-Mobile + Not losing phone functionality while docked in tablet = Dream come true! April can’t come fast enough.

  • Nathan D.

    Nice product hopefully the price will be released and who getting.

  • http://tinkerdad.blogspot.com xfaith

    I am more curious about the idea of “future proofing” this. I dont know what the spec’s on the tablet side are.

    But my main question is/has it been brought up about changing out the phones. Say in 6 months there is a faster phone by ASUS will it be compatible? (I am not sure how many phones ASUS even makes at the moment).

    Also would it be possible to use another brand of cell phone (this might be done 3rd party/other creative folks to keep it alive longer). Based on were the connection are on the tablet/phone will play a role if other phones might somehow fit (maybe not well of course, but we will see).

    Have they said that there is some application on the padphoine for when it goes from Phone to Tablet?

    Thats all I got for now, I am still on my captivate cause I just cant make the jump to a new phone yet. Every time I see something cool, i hear about the next best things. I know I will never be top of the line for more then a day. I just have to settle. It was going to be the Note or the Skyrocket HD (but now it could be this or the HTC new line)…..

    • robwhittaker

      There are no specs on the tablet per se, it’s just a screen and battery. The phone does all the processing. And as I understand it, it is the standard transformer keyboard. Which makes sense from a manufacturing point of view.

      I like the idea of being able to upgrade the phone, and therefore the whole tablet. ASUS need to have that in mind, or they’ll have a lot of annoyed poeple.

      The only bespoke app I’ve heard is the battery widget as there are 3 batteries. Saying that I would be tempted as I’m looking at tablets and a new phone in the spring. Depends on the price of the ASUS transformer 300.

  • Y314K

    I thought I was gonna be disappointed when I heard the specs of the PadPhone(Thought it would just be a new normal phone)… But after seeing this vid…


    This setup looks buttery smooth… Really hope there is a TMobile compatible version before TMobile’s LTE roll out… I know synergy product usually are niche crap… But seeing this thing in action really seems to just sing… I really hope Asus doesn’t abandon this… This is the future…. Can’t wait for v2.0 ….

  • Xroid

    Seems like Asus releases to late, does not have enough built to meet demand. And being new technology means it will have bugs. I could handle the bugs if I felt they would fix them. There answer on the Prime was to quit advertising the gps, and then build an improved model that fixes the problems, and then leave us early adopters hanging. 3 updates and I still can not use my Wifi and bluetooth at the same time. And it seems to take over 3 weeks to get a reply from them that is no help at all. If they do not make it right, I will recommend to family, customers and friends to avoid them like the plague. Customer support is the #1 thing a company needs to provide if they want my business.

  • robwhittaker

    I can wait for this to arrive, Love the convergence of devices and having everything in one place.

    Be interesting to see how apps cope, give that some of them (e.g. gmail) are different on tablets and phones.

  • http://hubpages.com/profile/ibbarkingmad ibbarkingmad

    I love this concept, but the issue isn’t how awesome the concept but rather how universal the availability of the phone on different carriers. I love the specs and reviews of the Transformer Prime, but availability is crap. Make a great device AND making it available is the key.

  • Richard Chapman

    Asus are now manufacturing the kind of device I’ve been dreaming up on the back of coasters for years. But a pen that’s also a headset? I never thought of that… I’m not sure if it’s brilliant or mad, or a bit of both.

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    Truly amazing, would love to have one of these.

  • myset

    Great gadget … but finally it is just an Android tablet
    Please take a look to http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/android

  • yasser

    when is the padfone coming out in the UK?