After the announcement of two new tablets, Asus decided let the cat out of the bag and introduce the Asus Padfone, which was introduced by them last year. It’s the first device to feature a phone/tablet hybrid form factor. We reported that Asus would be launching it at MWC, and here it is. Let’s start with the smartphone itself, which comes with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display, Snapdragon’s new dual-core S4 chip along with an Adreno 225 GPU, Ice Cream Sandwich, an 8MP rear camera with an LED flash and f/2.2, a VGA front-facing camera, and decently-sized 1520mAh battery. It will be available from 16 to 64GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD).
Now, the optional 9.2mm thick Padfone tablet will, according to Asus, increase the battery life nine-fold. It comes with a stylus, which doubles as a Bluetooth headset for receiving calls, which we thought was pretty awesome. The tablet can also dock into a keyboard, much like the Asus Transformer line. Asus plans to market and sell several accessories that extend the usability of the Padfone into infinity and beyond.
Asus announced that the Padfone will ship in April, but was mum on pricing for the devices and accessories. More on this as it develops. So, are you looking forward to the Padfone? How much do you think Asus will charge for a phone that docks into a tablet, that docks into a keyboard? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!