1. Post #1
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    [h2]ASUS Padfone - The phone-tablet you've all been waiting for[/h2]

    [release]
    SPECS

    Platform Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
    Dimensions 128 x 65.4 x 9.2 mm (LxWxH)
    Weight 129 g (with battery)
    CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 8260A Dual-Core 1.5 GHz (Faster then Tegra 3)
    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 4.3inches, qHD 960x540, Super AMOLED with Capacitive Multi touch panel
    Battery 1520 mAh Lithium
    Standby Time 373 /440 hours(2G/3G)
    Talk Time 650 /510 hours(2G/3G)
    Camera Front 0.3 Mega-Pixel VGA Camera
    Rear 8 Mega-Pixel Auto Focus Flash F2.2 Aperture
    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/Built-in motion sensor
    Accessories
    Stylus Headset
    Station Dock
    Sleeve
    [/release]

    THE STYLUS WORKS AS AN BLUETOOTH HEADSET!

    There is just too much awesomeness to explain, I'll leave it to you to see it.

    http://www.asus.com/Mobile/PadFone/

    I'm so getting this phone when it gets out.
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  2. Post #2
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    Looks a bit gimmicky.
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  3. Post #3
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    Looks a bit gimmicky.
    Hopefully Asus is gonna kickstart a laptop/tablet/smartphone revolution with this.
    THIS is the correct way of combining all those 3, it's just missing some fine tuning.
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  4. Post #4
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    I need this.

    I've got a Transformer TF101 with the dock, and this thing is better than any EEE laptop I could've ever bought.
    I also have an Evo 4g, which has become surprisingly outdated and crappy.

    This is the best combination I could ever have. I'm a little put off by the fact that the phone/tablet isn't Tegra 2/Tegra 3, but the phone is still great, right?

    I need to see about getting one of these...

  5. Post #5
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    Protocol7's Avatar
    June 2006
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    if I didn't already have a phone, android tablet and keyboard for the tablet, this shit would be bought by me
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  6. Post #6
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    Good start although the dock does seem cheap from the videos, and I would be worried that I could scratch my phones screen when inserting it inside. Doesn't seem there's any soft side for the screen inside the dock.

    But. Imagine if Google made this by the end of this year (new Nexus device(s) and such). Along with a windowed-process solution similar to onskreen. All my money.

  7. Post #7
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    May 2010
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    Wait so when you buy this does it come with the tablet? :o
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  8. Post #8
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    Good start although the dock does seem cheap from the videos
    Looks like they are using the TF101's dock. If it is the case, then I can attest to its sturdiness.

    Heck, someone managed to cram a 500GB hard drive into it with no adverse effects.

    Edited:

    Wait so when you buy this does it come with the tablet? :o
    I assume they will package it like they did the transformer. On its own, with screen, with screen and keyboard.

    For some reason I don't forsee this coming to Canada.

  9. Post #9
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    Looks like they are using the TF101's dock. If it is the case, then I can attest to its sturdiness.
    No no no I meant the phone dock in the back of the tablet, not the keyboard dock! Too many docks

    Edited:

    On its own, with screen, with screen and keyboard.
    Heard exactly that in one of the previews from MWC. Keyboard should also come with the stylus headset (too bad there's no place to put the stylus in).

  10. Post #10
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    No no no I meant the phone dock in the back of the tablet, not the keyboard dock! Too many docks
    Lets settle on calling that the "screen" then

    I don't doubt it will be cheap, After all, the power is in the phone. The "screen" is just that, a touch-screen with a battery.

    Edited:

    No no no I meant the phone dock in the back of the tablet, not the keyboard dock! Too many docks
    Lets settle on calling that the "screen" then

    I don't doubt it will be cheap, After all, the power is in the phone. The "screen" is just that, a touch-screen with a battery.

  11. Post #11
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    Protocol7's Avatar
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    Lets settle on calling that the "screen" then

    I don't doubt it will be cheap, After all, the power is in the phone. The "screen" is just that, a touch-screen with a battery.
    Well, the keyboard and battery dock was $150, so I bet whole package price will be around $500-600.

  12. Post #12
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    TippZ's Avatar
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    now this is nice

  13. Post #13
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    Do you guys think it'd be worth getting this?
    Some of you guys seem skeptical about it, but I'm talking from my point of view.

    My Evo 4g is getting left in the dust. I use my Transformer all the time: classes, entertainment, work, everything.
    Would it be a wise move to replace my current Evo 4g + Transformer setup with this?

    Like, I really really like the idea of the padfone.

    PLUS, I might not even need to buy a new dock, just the phone and screen.

    Oh, also, my question is more in regards to power. The Transformer has good 'ol Nvidia Tegra 2 behind it, and the Evo, well, it's an Evo. I can tell that the Padfone is better than my Evo already (right?)

  14. Post #14
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    Do you guys think it'd be worth getting this?
    Some of you guys seem skeptical about it, but I'm talking from my point of view.

    My Evo 4g is getting left in the dust. I use my Transformer all the time: classes, entertainment, work, everything.
    Would it be a wise move to replace my current Evo 4g + Transformer setup with this?

    Like, I really really like the idea of the padfone.

    PLUS, I might not even need to buy a new dock, just the phone and screen.

    Oh, also, my question is more in regards to power. The Transformer has good 'ol Nvidia Tegra 2 behind it, and the Evo, well, it's an Evo. I can tell that the Padfone is better than my Evo already (right?)
    I'd say hold off until we see some hands-ons and final reviews. That big of an investment could turn out to be a gamble, considering we're not really certain how it'll perform out of the gates, what the dev community will be like and who'll carry the phone.
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  15. Post #15
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    Yeah, I'll definitely wait. I'm just really really excited fo this.

    I also realize that there's no 4g for it, which I really don't care about since I rarely use it with my Evo, and when I do my battery shits itself.

    And I just re-read the OP and I saw that its processor is more powerful than a Tegra 3.

    Yay!

  16. Post #16
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    Well, depending on the network, 4G as a standard can be beyond useful. After all, it's just another network connection, sorta like saying 3G isn't really useful. Only difference being 3G is years old and refined, with most 4G networks being natal and many being experiments.

    LTE is going to be the future from here on out (LTE-A is going to be excellent, especially once the completely and utterly deplorable battery situation), HSPA+ is a good low-battery alternative (and very cheap for network operators running off a GSM base), and WiMax (like on your Evo) is basically dead.

    It's entirely possible that a final revision of the Padfone could have HSPA+, I can't see LTE being included. I've no doubt that when the Padfone drops, it'll be exclusively on a GSM network. CDMA gets lucky every once in awhile, but only since LTE made an appearance (the original Droid, Galaxy Nexus/Nexus S/Galaxy SII on Sprint and Verizon).

  17. Post #17
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    Well, depending on the network, 4G as a standard can be beyond useful. After all, it's just another network connection, sorta like saying 3G isn't really useful. Only difference being 3G is years old and refined, with most 4G networks being natal and many being experiments.

    LTE is going to be the future from here on out (LTE-A is going to be excellent, especially once the completely and utterly deplorable battery situation), HSPA+ is a good low-battery alternative (and very cheap for network operators running off a GSM base), and WiMax (like on your Evo) is basically dead.

    It's entirely possible that a final revision of the Padfone could have HSPA+, I can't see LTE being included. I've no doubt that when the Padfone drops, it'll be exclusively on a GSM network. CDMA gets lucky every once in awhile, but only since LTE made an appearance (the original Droid, Galaxy Nexus/Nexus S/Galaxy SII on Sprint and Verizon).
    So Doctor, based on these findings, do you anticipate the Padfone available with Sprint as a provider?

  18. Post #18
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    If I didn't have my TF101, I'd have the Padfone in a heartbeat.

  19. Post #19
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    So Doctor, based on these findings, do you anticipate the Padfone available with Sprint as a provider?
    Probably not. I mean, it's possible, but I'd actually be fairly surprised if it even made it to the US. Just a gut feeling I have. I may be surprised.
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  20. Post #20
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    looks awesome, but it would suck if you're using it in a class and someone calls or texts you

  21. Post #21
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    looks awesome, but it would suck if you're using it in a class and someone calls or texts you
    But it's no different that someone calling or texting you on your normal phone.

  22. Post #22
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    But it's no different that someone calling or texting you on your normal phone.
    not when you're taking notes

  23. Post #23
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    If you look at the Productivity mini-video, calls just pop up as a notification in the lower right corner, allowing you to accept or decline them.
    As for sound, you can just mute it or something.
    Simple.
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    Oh, didn't see that video.
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  25. Post #25
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    The first thing this reminded me of, somewhat, is my Atrix and my Lapdock. Similar, great design and useability, this asus thing should be neat.
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    This is one of the first devices of the new generation that I could actually see me doing WORK with.
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    So if they steal your notebook you end up losing your tablet AND phone too?
    I really like it, awesome concept.

  28. Post #28
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    This looks great, but that flimsy little door bothers me. It doesn't seem right.
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    -snip-

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    This almost makes TOO much sense, i love it
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  31. Post #31
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    I would buy that in a heartbeat if I already didn't have a laptop and soon tablet.

  32. Post #32
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    I've been needing a new everything, I'm going to be keeping a close eye on this.
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  33. Post #33
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    Hey guys, this article might interest you.

    intomobile posted:
    If you’re like me, you probably think the Asus Padfone is one of the best devices ever made. Not all of us need a tablet all the time (quite the contrary), and Asus’ baby offers a great way to have both a smartphone and tablet in a single device.

    The problem, however, is that at least initially the Padfone will be an expensive toy. We’ve just learned just how expensive it is, with British electronics retailer FlagshipFones asking 583.32 GBP for the unlocked device (or 696.83 EUR / $914.35). Add VAT (tax) to the equation and the price goes up to whopping 699.98 GBP. That’s outrageous, though we’re sure the price will go down and this is just another way to get more money from eager early adopters turned suckers.

    Now the idea should be that one device which combines functionalities of both smartphone and tablet should cost less than those two devices bought separately. This time, however, that’s not the case. That 700 GBP can easily get you a decent tablet and a dual-core smartphone. The price will undoubtedly go down, but if you still want to be among the first ones to get the Padfone, proceed to this page at FlagshipFones and take it from there. I suggest waiting, but then again – it’s your money. ;)

    [Via: somobile]
    http://www.intomobile.com/2012/03/10...pping-700-gbp/

  34. Post #34
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    I'm in love with this concept. Now just to wait and see some reviews and hands-on videos.

    Also, if I got this correctly: the tablet part has no actual memory whatsoever and just serves as a screen, right? So there's no duplicate info or syncing between the two devices?

  35. Post #35
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    I'm in love with this concept. Now just to wait and see some reviews and hands-on videos.

    Also, if I got this correctly: the tablet part has no actual memory whatsoever and just serves as a screen, right? So there's no duplicate info or syncing between the two devices?
    Yeah, it's just a HDMI screen (AFAIK it uses the phone's mini-HDMI port), digitizer/touch panel and battery.

  36. Post #36
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    I was thinking. Is the tablet-phone fragmentation present in ICS or not? Meaning, are there tablet-specific apps? If this is true, this might lead to complications.

  37. Post #37
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    One of the main goals of ICS is to have one OS where everything scales perfectly between phone and tablet

    Edited:

    So if apps are designed properly, there should be no complications

  38. Post #38
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    That's good. ICS basically made this thing possible, it seems.

  39. Post #39
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    Some counterpoints to this device-
    -This is a first generation device, it might not be worth buying it fresh out the gate and the kinks could be worked out by next generation.
    -Depending on price and how you intend to use it, it might be more eficient to buy a netbook or tablet and a good quality phone.
    -If you lose your phone, you're SOL.
    -Charging batteries could be a pain as each part has its own battery.
    -In America, this device could fuck with the carriers' despotic world views. Look at the Lapdock for the Atrix. This is a very similar idea to this, where the phone itself does all the computing and sending and receiving, and the Lapdock is just an interface. Yet, at least for AT&T, they make you spend extra money on a data plan when it's plugged into the Lapdock even though there's no technical reason to do so. So now you have two data plans that are very expensive; one for phone mode and one for laptop mode.

    Edited:

    Oh, and no 4G/LTE. That depends on how you look at it though because at least for me 4G is way too fucking expensive and 3G does the job well enough.

  40. Post #40
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    Some counterpoints to this device-
    -This is a first generation device, it might not be worth buying it fresh out the gate and the kinks could be worked out by next generation.
    -Depending on price and how you intend to use it, it might be more eficient to buy a netbook or tablet and a good quality phone.
    -If you lose your phone, you're SOL.
    Very valid points, especially about the first generation device and losing your phone.

    -Charging batteries could be a pain as each part has its own battery.
    Although this might be complicated, I suppose the additional tablet/keyboard batteries should be more than enough to get you through the day and you could recharge them all at night. Does each part come with it's own charger though?

    edit: It would be pretty cool if all of these devices came with a wireless recharging "mat". Just unfold it somewhere, place all 3 devices on it and voila, charging. Wireless recharging technology is already here for quite a while, but nobody wants to use it :(

    -In America, this device could fuck with the carriers' despotic world views.
    Sadly, a retarded-provider-ideas proof device is still in the works. Release Date: never.