We’ve finally received the ASUS PadFone prototype for testing, a hybrid device that we’ve been waiting for anxiously. The 4.3 inch handset made by ASUS is the brain of the 10.1 inch slate, as you probably know already. The combo is only available as a phone + tablet association and the rumored price is 699 euros.
There’s also a keyboard dock rumored to cost 149 euros. Anyway, the ASUS Padfone made a nice impression here at Tablet News, especially thanks to the fact that it’s very light, it’s got a beautiful facade and a metallic edge. There’s a Super AMOLED 4.3 inch display with a 540 x 960 pixel resolution, an 8 megapixel camera at the back and a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core 1.5 GHz processor. PadFone measures 9.2 mm in thickness, weighs 129 grams and features 16/32GB of storage and 1GB of RAM.
There’s also WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth and microUSB. As you can see the phone has two side ports and a special metallic contact that helps it become integrated into the PadFone Station tablet. The tablet has two prongs and a metallic contact that attach to the phone that slides into the tablet easily. The slate has two holes for the camera, one for the sensor, one for the flash. In just seconds after the phone insertion into the tablet it’ll enter functioning mode, the usual Android 4.0 interface you’ve already seen on the Pad 300 here at Tablet News. It’s a great hybrid device, that we’re going to test and review in the following days!