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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

MWC: Asus PadFone ready to ship in April!

Actually, it was one of the most-anticipated Android devices last year. We are talking about the PadFone. Remember? It was June when we revealed this innovative hybrid model from Asus for the first time.

At the MWC, the korean company showed us an updated version which does not only look more sexy but it also seems matured. Read on for the spec list and pics!

So, what do the specs for the Asus PadFone look like? Not bad at all!
Let's have a look:

interesting hybrid design from Asus
Specs for the phone:
  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD (960 x 540)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (2x 1.5 Ghz) SoC including the Adreno 225 GPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16 - 64GB of internal storage
  • 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
  • rear camera: 8MP F2.2, AF with LED flash
  • front facing camera: VGA
  • microSD expansion slot (SDHC/SDXC up to 32GB)
  • 128 x 65.4 x 9.2 mm
  • 1520 mAh Li-ion battery
  • weight: 129g
  • OS: Android 4.0

Specs when the phone is docked in the tablet:
  • 1280 x 800 display (10.1 inch)
  • Micro USB + Micro HDMI
  • rear camera: 8MP (via Padfone rear camera)
  • front camera: 1.3MP (1280 x 800)
  •  2 color LED indicators for battery status
  • 24.4 Whr Battery
  • 40-pin connector
  • phone / GPS
  • 273 x 176.9 x 13.65 mm
  • weight: 724g

And that's not all. You will also be able to buy a keyboard dock which will extend the battery life just like in the Asus Transformer Series.
In addition, Asus will also give you a free stylus...

For now, there are no details about the price and whether or not the keyboard of the original Transformer will work with the PadFone, too. 
The device will be shipping in April and will support CDMA, GSM and HSPA+.
CG believes there will also be a LTE version in future.

At the end, there is to say that it is a quite courageous "Tab-phone-book". The most important aspect will be the price. In my opinion, the sweet spot without the keyboard dock will be at $499...

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