The moment has finally arrived: ASUS just now formally announced the PadFone to a packed press conference at Mobile World Congress 2012. The PadFone is the first combination smartphone / tablet ever to hit shelves and is perhaps one of the most versatile devices ever. As you no doubt know by now, the PadFone is two devices in one: a high-end 4.3-inch smartphone with ICS and Snapdragon's dual-core S4-chip and and an accompanying 10.1-inch tablet that eats phones for breakfast. Yum!
Here are the official specs for the phone:
- 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display
- Snapdragon's new dual-core S4 chip, an Adreno 225 GPU
- Ice Cream Sandwich
- 8-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and f/2.2, autofocusing lens. (The front camera records at VGA resolution.)
- 16 to 64GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD)
- Bluetooth 4.0
- GPS, A-GPS, a gyroscope,
- 1,520mAh battery and a compass.
- Connectivity options include WCDMA (900, 2100 MHz), EDGE / GPRS / GSM (850, 1800 and 1900 MHz) and HSPA+, with theoretical download speeds topping out at 42Mbps
And the tablet is 10.1" with an optional detachable keyboard, making this the most damn versatile product I've ever heard of. Seriously, folks, can you imagine a device more wondrously adaptable? And THE best part, in my opinion, is that this product is going to open the tablet market to a HUGE range of people. By effectively buying just ONE device, consumers will be able to have a smartphone AND a tablet, which will definitely cut down on costs. Here's video of the tabletphone in action: