Computex 2011 did throw many a surprise. It saw the official preview of Windows 8, the most awaited Windows OS version from Microsoft. However apart from all the glitz and glamor, it also saw the birth of a new concept called as the Padfone. Manufactured by Asus, the Taiwanese brand maker, the Padfone is a tablet. Wait! The Padfone is a smartphone. Confused? Well the Padfone is both a tablet and a smartphone conceived into a single package. People tired of managing their tablet and their smartphones can switch to this option which actually saves a lot of your space and reduces your headache of managing two devices separately.
The 4.3″ smartphone docks up into a 10.1″ tablet running on the Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS. The tablet can be considered just as a dock for the smartphone. It only displays the phone’s UI on its larger screen while providing a big battery, speakers and some extra ports at the same time. The micro-USB port on the phone allows to get itself charged up when docked in the tablet while the micro-HDMI port enables to output the screen image desirably. You can still take pictures via the 5MP camera when the phone is packed in the surface with the tablet having an appropriate hole on its back.
The Padfone can actually save a lot of time and increase productivity. There aren’t any hassles of maintaining multiple SIM cards with different connections. It can be used as a single device when desired, i.e. the smartphone can be used when basic tasks are to be done and later it can be docked in the pouch and the tablet can be used when a larger UI is required. The Kangaroo pouch acts as a charger for the smartphone from the tablets larger battery while functioning simultaneously.
According to ASUS, “The ASUS Padfone is a device that explores one possible convergence between two popular mobile devices – the smartphone and tablet. The Padfone solves the problem of data transfer hassles and multiple SIM ca21rds when both a smartphone and 3G tablet are used. With the Padfone, the smartphone docks inside the tablet to give users an expanded view to suit their tasks. With the phone docked, it can recharge from the tablet’s larger battery and the tablet can also make use of the smartphone’s 3G internet connection. The dual interfaces for both the pad and phone ensure an enhanced user experience as the layout is automatically adjusted for all activities such as video conferencing, web browsing and emailing.”
Expected to release around Christmas, Asus did reveal much about the Padfone’s pricing, specs and availability. The wait is on!