It was probably only a matter of time before one of the tech companies combined the most visible and popular elements of the digital world into a single device. The ASUS Padfone concept first made its debut at CES 2012 in the early days of January 2012; and its physical debut just arrived at the yearly Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show yesterday in Barcelona, Spain.
The (size, tom) all-in-one device boasts customizable internal storage of up to 64 GB, an in-built camera with a whopping 8 megapixels, which is nearly three times your average circa-2010 or earlier laptop. The ASUS Padfone has a Qualcomm dual-core processor that’s about 75% of a powerful desktop computer at 1.5 GHz, topped off by a respectable 1GB of RAM. If you don’t know what’s so special about Qualcomms dual-core Snapdragon processor chips, just take a look at today’s mobile gaming, and compare the high-resolution, seamless three-dimensional game-play with a Nintendo GameBoy. The tablet portion of the Padfone is the standard 10.1”, and just about 9mm thick, and runs on the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. The Snapdragon S4 processor’s efficiency really shines through, endowing the Padfone with a battery life of almost 16 hours
The ASUS Padfone also offers a dock for keyboarders; and a stylus for direct-screen input for those that want to keep the device ultra-portable. With the added ability to use a Bluetooth-enabled feature on the stylus that allows making and receiving telephone calls when the 4.3” phone is docked to the tablet, the sheer functionality of the Padfone may be enough to garner nods from the tech community even in the face of Apple’s iPad 3 and Samsung’s next installment in the Galaxy series.
The ASUS Padfone will be available in April, although there haven’t been any announcements if this availability will extend to U.S. customers.