Asus unveils Padfone smartphone/tablet duo

 

The Taiwanese computer giant surprises everyone at Computex with striking smartphone-tablet combo.

Asus has unveiled the Padfone, a striking new Android smartphone that can also be used as a tablet.

The 4.3in Android smartphone can be slotted into the back of its 10.1in tablet accessory – all of the apps and data on the phone can then be accessed on the tablet.

The tablet's battery can also be used to charge the phone, while the phone's camera can still be used thanks to a cutout for the phone's camera lens on the back.

The tablet can't be used without the phone though, as it doesn't have a processor or any memory of its own.

Asus, a Taiwanese manufacturer better known for its EeePC range of netbooks, unveiled the remarkable new smartphone-tablet combo at the Computex trade show in Taipei.

The only Padfones actually on-show were non-operational dummies though and no details beyond the name and its basic appearance were officially announced.

It's probably safe to assume the Padfone will come equipped with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, the forthcoming version of Google's operating system designed for both tablets and smartphones, so a release date in the autumn seems likely.

It will be interesting to see how Asus markets the Padfone alongside its existing Android tablet-with-a-twist, the EeePad Transformer.

This article originally appeared at itpro.co.uk

Copyright © ITPro, Dennis Publishing


Asus unveils Padfone smartphone/tablet duo
 
 
 
Top Stories
The True Cost of BYOD - 2014 survey
Twelve months on from our first study, is BYOD a better proposition?
 
Photos: Unboxing the Magnus supercomputer
Pawsey's biggest beast slots into place.
 
ANZ looks to life beyond the transaction
If digital disruptors think an online payments startup could rock the big four, they’ve missed the point of why people use banks, says Patrick Maes.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
Pass on carbon tax savings, warns ACCC
Jul 24, 2014
The ACCC is warning businesses that supply "regulated goods" to pass on any cost savings ...
Have customers that won't pay debts?
Jul 10, 2014
The ACCC and ASIC have updated their advice when it comes to collecting debts.
Carpet cleaner faces court over online testimonials
Jul 4, 2014
The ACCC has initiated proceedings against A Whistle (1979) Pty Ltd, the franchisor of Electrodry...
You can now get 15GB of free online storage using Microsoft OneDrive
Jun 25, 2014
Cloud storage has reached both the capacity and price where it's a viable alternative to local ...
Another clever trick you can perform with Xero
Jun 25, 2014
Here is another way to reach out to particular subsets of your customers using Xero.
Latest Comments
Polls
What is delaying adoption of public cloud in your organisation?







   |   View results
Lock-in concerns
  29%
 
Application integration concerns
  3%
 
Security and compliance concerns
  28%
 
Unreliable network infrastructure
  9%
 
Data sovereignty concerns
  22%
 
Lack of stakeholder support
  3%
 
Protecting on-premise IT jobs
  4%
 
Difficulty transitioning CapEx budget into OpEx
  3%
TOTAL VOTES: 1079

Vote