Asus Padfone Wants To Be Your Phone, Tablet And Laptop – ICS, Dual Core Processor

Asus Padfone

Here’s one gadget to rule 3 things – laptop, tablet and smartphone. Asus likes to name it the Padfone, which is not such a bad name. It’s better than <insert ridiculous name of any phone here> most of the names out there (like Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch, for example), at least.

What Asus has here is something unique – you have a smartphone that’s got a 4.3″ Super AMOLED qHD resolution display and runs on Ice Cream Sandwich. All power to Asus just for this. Okay, not just for that. More specs below –

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

  • 4.3″ Super AMOLED display of qHD (960×540)
  • 1.5GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4 processor; Adreno 225 GPU
  • 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, front facing video calling camera
  • 1 GB RAM, 16-64 GB internal memory, expandable with a microSD card
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

That’s not all about Padfone. What you can do with the Padfone is much more than just this. You can get an optional 10.1″ display that Asus will be selling, besides the keyboard dock. If you get that 10.1″ display, you can dock the Padfone to it and get the tablet experience, without actually buying a tablet.

It doesn’t end there. If you want to be even more productive, you can buy the keyboard dock and connect the Padfone to the 10.1″ display, and connect them both to the keyboard dock. Viola!, you have a laptop. Incredible. I’m quite excited about this, although it was confusing as to how it would work, some time back.

Also, Asus revealed a Stylus headset. You heard it right. Asus will also let you use the Stylus to input when you’ve docked in the Padfone in to the big display. If you aren’t doing that, you can use the Stylus as a headset, complete with mic and speaker. Of course, it’s Bluetooth powered.

Something innovative on the Android side, at long last. Take a bow, Asus.

The company said that the Padfone will be available starting April. No information on pricing yet.