Asus shows off concept model of the semi-hybrid mobile device Padfone

Jun 01, 2011 by Katie Gatto weblog

(PhysOrg.com) -- Asus has announced the creation of a new breed of semi-hybrid mobile device. The device, known as the Padfone is only in its concept stage. The company released photos of a mock up version of the device that shows off its biggest selling point, the ability nest your phone inside your tablet.

Well, more accurately, the ability to power the tablet PC with your cell phone. While the design has not yet been finalized the tablet will be paired with an Android-based phone. That phone nests into the tablet and powers the largest display. The tablet provides an up sized with a speaker. The word is that the final device will have a battery of its own, so that it does not suck up your phone's .

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While several reviewers are already debating the usefulness of a device like this, with some thinking it will be a solid option in a gadget obsessed market and others deeming it a waste of end users money for limited functionality enhancements, the device is still likely to be produced.

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The real benefit to this device may be that the phone and the tablet share a single . That would make owning one of these devices significantly cheaper in the long run, since one SIM means only having to pay for one data plan.

Currently, there is no word on when this device will go from its mock up stage to real world production. There has also been no word on how much this semi-hybrid would cost you in a retail setting.

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Walter_Mrak
1 / 5 (3) Jun 01, 2011
It is sad how companies come out of the woodwork mimicking what Apple does. In the 70's and 80's they followed Sony's lead, then in the 90's and 00's they mimicked Samsung and LG.

How similar today's smartphones are to Apple's original iphone of 2007!

This Asus effort is pitiful, clumsy, archaic, badly represented and too late to the game.
james_eitzen
1 / 5 (1) Jun 01, 2011
@Walter...

I supposed your an Apple FanBoi..
poof
5 / 5 (1) Jun 01, 2011
Sounds great, but could i then put the tablet into my 3d tv?
Vendicar_Decarian
5 / 5 (1) Jun 02, 2011
Wow.. The guy in the first video is living a transformational life style. He even looks like he is turning slightly Chinese.

I can't wait until these devices hit the market so that I can continue to not use them.

MarkyMark
not rated yet Jun 02, 2011
Apples are shit, moron.

Why?

Guess you are an Android fanboi then.
TehDog
5 / 5 (2) Jun 02, 2011

This Asus effort is pitiful, clumsy, archaic, badly represented and too late to the game.


Quite the opposite, it's the one device I've seen for ages that I actually want. Such an obvious idea I'm suprised no-one else has thought of it. The Motorola Atrix is close, but this seems just about perfect for my mobile needs. It apparently will have a port for an external keyboard, and mini-hdmi out for connecting to tv's etc.
FrankHerbert
2.5 / 5 (2) Jun 02, 2011
Apples are shit, moron.

Why?

Guess you are an Android fanboi then.


Apple products are very seldom
1) the best available or
2) at a good price point.

In fact, the only time I can really think of an Apple product being worth its price is maybe the $50 deal for the iPhone 3gs going on. However, the lack of Flash would keep me from owning any iPhone. I have never used an Apple product that lived up to its name. I'm talking about ease of use AND stability. Every public apple product I have used has crashed on me. Every single time. Also I don't see why their interface is considered easy to use. The taskbar thing that they copied from windows is a joke. WTF do they icons move away when you try to click on them? Is this some sick joke from Steve Jobs?

Quite the opposite, it's the one device I've seen for ages that I actually want.

Watch. When apple comes out with the iPhone-iPad converter appletards will say Asus stole the idea.

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