May 30, 2011

This is the ASUS PadFone

 

Wow, so our theory and mockup turned out to be pretty much spot on: indeed, the oddly named ASUS PadFone does tuck itself into a shielded docking bay on the back of its companion tablet, and the latter's hinged cover appears to pop up upon releasing the latch. You can also just about make out the two ports inside, which are likely to be micro-USB and HDMI for driving the larger display, and we wouldn't be surprised if this involves an extra battery as well. Now, what we really like to know is which version of Android will be shipped with this split-personality phone? Our money's on Ice Cream Sandwich, given that this flavor will happily cater both phone and tablet form factors later this year -- bear in mind that Honeycomb was never intended for small devices, nor would ASUS risk marketing the PadFone as a Gingerbread tablet at this day and age. Well, we shall dig up more answers for y'all tomorrow, and stay tuned for some sweet hands-on time.

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