China Union Branch has announced a while back the development of a smartphone – tablet combo very similar to the ASUS Padfone.  The TransPhone is a device that was in the prototype phase at the moment we wrote the article. We are talking about a flat panel display with a dock for a smartphone on its back side. This panel comes with a large screen and it extends the battery life of the handset, when integrated.


Latest info from China is that the TransPhone along with the TransPad are now available for purchase at some very good prices. The devices are available around the Globe with a limited time free shipping offer. The TransPhone has a 3.5″ screen and the TransPad a 7″ screen.  Any TransPhone can use several TransPads (and vice versa).  Just as you would with the ASUS PadFone, you can transform your TransPhone into a tablet and enjoy the bigger screen for browsing the web and gaming. Some of the key specks for the TransPhone:

  • Android 2.3.5, SnapDragon S1, 512MB RAM and ROM, 512MB  internal + 32GB Class 10 MicroSD card included
  • Multi touch, capacitive, TFT LCD 800 x 480, 16 million color screens
  • 114g + 374g = 486g (1lb 2oz) for both
  • GSM / GPRS / Edge 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G:WCDMA 1900/2100 HSDPA
  • 5.0 and 0.3 million pixel cameras (autofocus on main)
  • Video capture 640 x 480, 30 frames/second
  • Bluetooth 2.1, WIFI (IEEE 802.11 n/b/g), personal hotspot, USB data cables
  • Portrait / landscape with lock
  • GPS
  • Supports: PEG4 / H.26 / 3GP / OGG / H.263 / WMV / RMVB and others, MIDI / MP3 / AAC / WMA and others, ring tones 64 polyphonic support, MP3 / MIDI and others, JPEG / PNG / GIF / BMP and others.

The TransPhone along with a TransPad is priced at $429.99. An additional TransPad will set you back $140 while an aditional TransPhone costs $379. There is also a Family Pack including 2 TransPhones and TransPads + 1 extra TransPad + 1 extra Charger, priced at $999 and a Business Pack (10 TransPhones and TransPads + 5 extra TransPads + 5 extra Chargers) for $4499. You can find extra info and offers by visiting the official webpage


  • 1stkorean

    since the asus fonepad never took off and looked nice, why would this do any better being so ugly.

  • David

    Wow the spec suck! and on website it say “TRANSPHONE
    2 DUE MID 2013”. Why would you buy this ugly sub-spec…

  • David

    And its not cheap, considering the spec!!

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  • hackersta

    can you only use the tablet or you need the phone inside

  • It’s not easy for a small company to break into this market with the
    big boys bringing out new designs and upgrades quarterly. However, the
    idea is pretty unique and does offer a hunk of benefits over just a
    smartphone used alone. There is an upgraded model of this due out soon
    to a much more recent acceptable spec with further upgrades on top to
    catch up with and keep apace the market.

    The current price is only $299.99 which, at the end of the day, is an
    excellent deal for an unlocked out of contract phone and tablet docking
    device in one. You won’t find that anywhere else.

  • User_Freak

    Do you buy specs or do you buy user experience and usefullness? My twice-the-price Blackberry is on the shelf and TransPhone is at work in its place because it does more than twice as much at half the price and a FAR lower TCO than a connected phone + a connected tablet. I pay for usefulness not for sound-wonderful specs which look good on paper. I am not the only one – I know at least one person who has thrown out his iPhone 4 (and cancelled plans to buy iPhone 5) because a TransPhone gives him overall a much better experience and is more useful despite what you call its “specs that suck”

  • User_Freak

    Price on their webpage is now $299.99 I see

  • theronster

    I think it’s quite a cool piece of innovation. The owners of Transphone and Transpad have 3 US Patents going back to 2002 I understand. Like User_Freak, I buy based on user experiences and as the owner of a BlackBerry Curve myself find that the screen size isn’t ideal, which is why I have bought the Transphone & Transpad. Another very good reason is the fact that I don’t have to tie myself in to an expensive 24 month contract, like I had to with the Curve. Additionally, every contract I have had since 1998 the monthly price I paid was never as expected. Now if this happens I am not held to ransom and can just dump the Mobile service Provider and select an alternative!!

  • is anyone actually able to buy them? when i pull up there website it just says coming soon and i cant buy anyhting

  • law_kin

    This ever come out? I can’t find where to buy one. The only 2in1 docking device I can find is Asus padfone