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

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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 :
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 :
H.264 1.4a
WMV @ HD 1080p
Video Recording :
H.263 @ HD 1080p
H.264 Video Decode @ 720p Encode @ 1080p
Audio Slot 3.5mm
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
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

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity with 1920×1200 Display and Platform Options

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Asus has gone ahead and revealed the Transformer Pad Infinity (700 series), their latest and most premium tablet to date, at MWC 2012. The Transformer Infinity’s stand-out feature is a 10.1″ full HD 1920×1200 Super IPS+ display which uses Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2 for added scratch resistance and protection against breakage. The chassis (less the dockable keyboard) is a mere 8.5mm thick. Chippy has a hands-on video with the Transformer Pad Infinity right from MWC:


Interestingly, the Transformer Infinity can come in one of two variants that use separate platforms. The first of which is based on Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3, just like the Transformer Prime and Transformer 300, running at 1.6GHz. The Tegra 3 model is WiFi-only and has no 3G/4G connectivity. If you want to go the 4G LTE route, you’ll be greeted with a variant of the Transformer Infinity which is based on Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon S4 ‘Krait’ Dual-core CPU running at  1.5Ghz. So we’re looking at quad-core 1.6GHz Tegra vs. dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon; I’m wondering whether or not there will be a significant difference between between the two, or perhaps even a difference in price (controlling for the price of the radios of course).

There’s no word yet about a price or release date for the Transformer Pad Infinity, but Asus has put up a micro-site for the product, and we’re expecting to hear about availability and pricing in the next month or so.

Other features and specs, which are common no matter which variant you’re looking at, are Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 1GB of RAM, 32/64GB of storage (or as low as 16GB on the 4G LTE model), an 8MP rear-facing camera (2MP front-facing), micro-HDMI port, microSD slot, and the optional keyboard dock which features an additional battery as well as a full-sized USB 2.0 port and a full-sized SD card slot.

Previously Leaked Asus Transformer 300 Revealed, Asus Taking the Transformer Prime Mainstream? [video]

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Asus has taken the wraps off of the Eee Pad Transformer 300 series at MWC today. This model was leaked last month, and while the series (300) name led us to believe that this would be a full upgrade from the Transformer Prime (200), it seems like Asus is actually trying to create a more affordable mainstream version of the Transformer Prime. Here’s an intro video from Chippy with his hands on the Asus Eee Pad 300 series:


The Eee Pad Transformer 300 is based on the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 platform and running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, just like the Transformer Prime, but lacks some of the premium materials found on previous versions of the Transformer. There’s also new colors available (white, blue, and red) to spice up the look a bit. As with the other Transformers, the keyboard dock on the Transformer 300 is optional, though it isn’t clear if there is interoperability between the keyboard of previous generations and that of the 300 series.

Chippy suspected from his hands-on with the Transformer 300 that Asus is aiming for cheaper prices and mainstream adoption. I think we can conclude that this is the case; Asus specifically mentions that the Transformer 300 is “the ideal tablet for anyone buying on a budget, and for those looking to get more out of their tablet.” We’ll see just how low Asus can price the Transformer 300, but it’s great to know that they plan to offer a device with the latest Nvidia Tegra 3 platform and a mainstream price.

No word on exactly what the Transformer 300 price or release date is just yet, but Chippy has his feet on the ground in the heart of MWC and will surely relay it back to us at here Carrypad HQ if he hears anything about it. You can see Asus’ Transformer 300 mini-site here.

Here is the most detailed list of specifications for the Transformer 300 that Asus has yet released:

Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)
CPU —————
NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 T30L Quad-Core @1.2GHz
GPU —————
GeForce® 12-core, 3D stereo (built-in)
Networking —————
Wifi/3G/4G LTE
Data rate:
a. 3G SKU: HSPA+ 21/5.76 Mbps
b. 4G LTE SKU: 100/50 Mbps
Connectivity —————
802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0
Display —————
10.1″ WXGA (1280 × 800) LED Backlight 178° wide viewing angle IPS panel,
10 finger multi-touch
Camera —————
8MP auto-focus (rear), 1.2MP ( front ) camera with F/2.2 large aperture
Interface —————
2-in-1 Audio Jack (head-out/MIC-in 2-in-1)
1 × micro-D HDMI 1.4a port / 1 × microSD Card Reader / built-in microphone /
High Quality Speakers
Battery —————
10 hours; 22Wh Li-polymer;
15 hours with mobile dock; Dock: 16.5Wh Li-polymer
Keyboard —————
Mobile dock with full QWERTY Keyboard (Optional)

Asus Debuting New Eee Pad Tablet With High Resolution Display at MWC?

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Mobile World Congress, the annual mobile tech trade show held in Barcelona , is fast approaching. All manner of mobile tech companies will be debuting new products, and Asus has been releasing brief teasers of their upcoming announcements. Their latest teaser suggests that Asus may beat Apple to the market with a high-resolution tablet.

Yesterday’s teaser showed three nesting (aka Matryoshka) dolls with the tagline “Divided we stand. Together we rock.” Many are (probably rightly) attributing this to the forthcoming Asus Padfone which is a phone that can dock into a tablet which can dock onto a keyboard to become a smartbook.


Asus’ latest teaser shows pretty clearly the the company intends to offer a tablet with a high resolution (as Apple likes to call it: “Retina”) display on an Android tablet. The teaser shows a box filled with colored spheres (representing pixels), then shows the same setup but with a greater number of spheres that are smaller in size. The tagline is “Eager to see more detail? Twice the detail, twice the fun.” This is an obvious analogy to screen resolution, and if they really are doubling the resolution of their (1280×800) Android tablets, then you’ll be looking at a 2560×1600 resolution tablets in the near future. This would put the PPI at 298.9, beating out the 2048×1536 (261.22 PPI) display that is expected to be included with the iPad 3.

A few weeks ago, a new Asus tablet was spotted which was purportedly the ‘TF300T’, could this be the high resolution tablet that Asus will be showing off at MWC?

Chippy will be at MWC this coming week to cover all of the action, stay tuned for the official announcement from Asus.

Edit: As a few people pointed out, the resolution might not be 2560×1600. In the video, Asus might be referring to actual pixel count when saying “twice the detail” rather than the horizontal and vertical values of the resolution. If this is the case, Asus would be talking about going from 1,024,000 (1280×800) pixels to 2,048,000 (~1920×1080). My apologies for the confusion, we’ll know for sure soon!

Asus Padfone to Be Unveiled at MWC, Will It Have Tegra 3?

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The Asus Padfone seemed to have gone into hibernation after it’s Computex debut way back in May. It popped up at CES and now, according to a story from MoDaCo, the Asus Padfone will be officially announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC) at the end of February in Barcelona.

Using the world ‘announced’ might be a bit confusing because Asus already officially revealed the device. However, the initial unveiling at Computex was more of a demonstration of a concept design, while I would expect the announcement from MWC to show off production model with the inclusion of pricing and release information.

The Asus Padfone has a heretofore unique form-factor which allows you to dock a seemingly regular smartphone with a tablet-dock to essentially turn the phone into a tablet. All of the memory, processing, sensors, and cameras are contained within the phone itself, while the tablet-dock is nothing more than a 10.1″ 1280×800 touchscreen and battery.

Will the Asus Padfone Have Nvidia Tegra 3?

Paul from MoDaCo expects the Asus Padfone to be announced newly designed with Nvidia Tegra 3, but I’m not so sure. We saw a number of phones announced at CES 2012 based on Tegra 3, and while space probably isn’t a concern, price might be. Running the latest and greatest hardware in addition to selling the Padfone with an external screen/docking unit (and battery!) might make the phone impractically expensive. It wasn’t announced officially that the Asus Padfone was running Tegra 2 back in May, but we’re banking on that given the time frame in which it was announced. That doesn’t necessarily prevent them from redesigning the device for Tegra 3, but if they want to actually move a significant number of Padfone’s, they’ll need to be able to sell it (dock included) no more expensive than what a decent tablet would cost.

In the US, smartphones are heavily subsidized by carriers, but carries here tend to steer clear of less established form-factors. If Asus wants to sell the Padfone in the US, they’ll probably be selling to customers, rather than carriers. Without the carrier subsidy, the Padfone could be looking at a $600+ pricetag — keeping costs down would be vital to US sales. However, being a Taiwanese company, the US probably isn’t their primary demographic.

You can be almost certain of an external redesign of the prototype version of the Asus Padfone that we saw in May and at CES; that much is clear. The Padfone was still running an Android 2.x build when it was announced which means it had the standard four ‘Android buttons’ at the bottom of the phone screen. As of Android 4.0 ICS, the buttons are now built into the software, making the hardware buttons on the Padfone usless. The production model will have these removed, and I imagine Asus will update the docking screen to give it a more contemporary look.

I don’t think there’s enough evidence right now to say whether or not the Asus Padfone will have Tegra 3. I’m very interested to see how Asus plays this one. There’s always the chance that they include Tegra 3 at extra cost, but sell the docking-tablet separately (as they do with the Transformer and Transformer Prime).

Asus Padfone and Android 4.0

It seems Asus always had the intention of using Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to provide both a tablet or phone interface depending upon whether or not the phone is docked. When it was originally demonstrated, Android 4.0 ICS was still a ways off. At CES, however, Asus showed-off the Padfone running the very latest Android build (still prototype hardware). Curiously, it was also confirmed that the Padfone uses the same docking connector as the original Transformer — presumably the keyboard dock could be used with the phone (though it might need hacking). Here’s the Asus Padfone running Android 4.0 ICS, thanks to our friends at Netbook News:


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