ASUS PadFone Officially Announced, Landing in April 2012
At MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona this week, ASUS took the stage and announced some new technologies to the world. We had already heard the PadFone, which incidentally was announced last Spring 2011, would make an appearance. ASUS announced it, and added a few new features to it as well.
The ASUS PadFone is an Android 4.0 ICS powered smartphone which docks inside the 10.1inch tablet counterpart when needed. The tablet is similar to the ASUS Transformer lineup of tablets, in that it has similar case design and hardware inside. The tablet is also capable of docking on the Transformer's keyboard dock accessory to transform this device into a functional laptop/netbook for those who need.
Another new feature added to the PadFone is the Stylus accessory. The Stylus can act, well, as a stylus pen for the touchscreen, but it's also a headset device paired to the PadFone with Bluetooth technology. When you get a call on your smartphone docked inside the tablet, a call notification will appear on screen, where you can then answer the call with the Stylus headset and talk.
The Padfone will charge your smartphone while it's docked inside the tablet. When the tablet is docked to the keyboard station, the battery life can increase by 9x over what you had in the smartphone itself, and 5x over what the tablet already had.
The ASUS PadFone has a 1.5GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor, which has shown is more powerful than many of the Tegra 3 Quad-core processors coming out on the market. 1GB RAM and an 8 megapixel rear camera with f2.2 aperture and a backlit-illuminated sensor for dim lighting make the specs in the smartphone nothing to shake your head at. The tablet shares these specs when the smartphone is docked.
No pricing has come out yet, but I suspect it won't be cheap seeing as it's virtually a 10 inch tablet with a good smartphone and laptop all in one. That would run you around $1500 if you were to buy them separately. It will be launching in most markets in April 2012.
Source - ASUS