Asus PadFone to be Released in April. Updated PadFone 2012 Design Gallery and Official Specs

Posted on 05 March 2012 By Ben Lang


The Asus PadFone is one of the most unique devices soon to be hitting the Android market. The PadFone can exist in three different states — as just the phone itself, as a tablet (by putting the phone into the tablet dock), and as a smartbook (by attaching the keyboard to the tablet). Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ties this all together by providing a UI that scales between each of these form-factors.

NetbookNews points out that Asus has just announced via Google+ (in the comments) that the PadFone release date will be in April. Pricing will be coming in the next few weeks also, according to Asus.

When Asus first introduced the PadFone, it was really just a prototype. Just last week at MWC, Asus unveiled what appears to be the final version of the device which features a totally redesigned phone component and some changes to the tablet portion. Here is a gallery of the retail design of the PadFone:

Asus has also now published the official specs for the PadFone on the product page:

Platform Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Dimensions PadFone
128 x 65.4 x 9.2 mm (LxWxH)
PadFone Station
273 x 176.9 x 13.55 mm (WxDxH)
Weight PadFone:
129 g (with battery)
PadFone Station
724 g
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 8260A Dual-Core 1.5 GHz
Memory 16/32/64 GB eMMc Flash
Memory Slot Micro-SD card
Connectivity Technology WLAN 802.11 b/g/n
Network Standard WCDMA
HSPA+ UL:5.76 Mbps/DL:21 Mbps
3G :
WCDMA :
900/2100
2G :
EDGE/GPRS/GSM : 850/900/1800/1900,
GPS Qualcomm GPS (AGPS supported)
Display Padfone:
4.3inches, qHD 960×540, Super AMOLED with Capacitive Multi touch panel
Scratch Resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with HCLR Film
Padfone Station:
10.1inches, WXGA 1280×800, TFT with Capacitive Multi touch panel
Scratch Resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with HCLR Film
Battery PadFone
1520 mAh Lithium
PadFone Station
24.4 Whr/6600 mAh Lithium
Standby Time 373 /440 hours(2G/3G)
Talk Time 10.8 /8.5 hours(2G/3G)
Camera PadFone
Front 0.3 Mega-Pixel
Rear 8 Mega-Pixel Auto Focus LED Flash F2.2 Aperture
PadFone Station
Front1.3 Mega-Pixel
Video Video Playback :
MPEG4
H.264 1.4a
H.263
WMV @ HD 1080p
Video Recording :
MPEG4
H.264
H.263 @ HD 1080p
H.264 Video Decode @ 720p Encode @ 1080p
Audio Slot 3.5mm
Audio MP3/WMV/3GP/AAC/AAC+
Browser Google Browser/Youtube Browser
Messaging SMS/MMS/IM/Email
E-Mail Google Mail/Exchange
Sensor G-Sensor/E-Compass/Gyroscope/Proximity/Light Sensor/Motion Sensor/Vibration Sensor (PadFone Station)
Accessories Stylus Headset
Station Dock
Sleeve
PadFone Station 2-in-1 Audio Jack(Head Phone, Microphone-in),40pin connector
Micro-USB / Micro-HDMI
Phone Antenna / GPS Antenna
High Quality Speakers, SonicMaster

5 Responses to “Asus PadFone to be Released in April. Updated PadFone 2012 Design Gallery and Official Specs”

  1. KC says:

    Does the phone come with NFC? NFC is all we’re most intrerested in, from now one, with Android Beam and other NFC-related applications.

  2. Ben Lang says:

    Good question. I’ve heard nothing from Asus about NFC on the PadFone unfortunately.

  3. Gijsbert says:

    What about the stylus? Is it the one which can be used to answer calls too? I wonder if that call answering function hasn’t come at a price: the stylus being too heavy (it’s tip looks quite plump and large). Will we be able to write notes with it, handwriting with signs/letters small enough or is it just too big for that?

  4. A lot depends on the price for the entire package. If it comes in at over $750, I’ll not buy (maybe 800 with the stylus thingy).

  5. A lot depends on the price for the entire package. If it comes in at over $750, I’ll not buy (maybe $800 with the stylus thingy).