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Long-Rumored ASUS Padfone Will Ship in February, Perhaps with Tegra 3 On Board

Steven Blum

Remember when we first wrote about the Asus tablet that eats phones? The ASUS Padfone at first almost seemed like a joke: a mythical smartphone that could be used to power a 10.1 inch screen, effortlessly killing two birds with one stone.

Yesterday, Digitimes reported that the first Padfones will begin shipping in February. Many commentors predicted the tablet would be getting a Tegra3 processor, although this has yet to be confirmed by ASUS. Could the ASUS Padfone end up being the first Tegra 3 device?

I'm split. A part of me doesn't believe ASUS will be wowing us with amazing processor speeds as they try to keep the price low enough for entry-level consumer interest. After all, the Padfone is pursuing those who'd like to buy a tablet and a phone but might not have the money or motivation to buy both separately.

On the other hand, Tegra 3 was confirmed for a Q1 2012 release and will be used in the Transformer Prime, so why not the Padone as well? Certainly ASUS has a reputation for using the newest chips on their devices. 

Price is still unknown at this point, but I'm guessing a ballpark range between $450-$500. What do you think of the Padfone? Gimmick or potential industry disruptor? 


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  • Aaron Tilton Nov 3, 2011 Link

    That would be the day! But yeah I'm looking forward to the RAZR too esp with all the add ons motorola has planed... it almost looks like they copyed a page from the Spider playbook!

  • Raven Override Nov 2, 2011 Link

    I was playing to buy the motorola droid razr and the asus transformer prime. But if the padphone really comes out with the same specs as the prime, incl. a baterry that keeps running for more then 14 hours of heavy usage, then i would wait till feb.

    Maybe Asus could get some ideas of the KT SpiderPhone :)