As we reported last week, Asus has announced the launch of PadFone in the Indian market today. While, we were expecting a huge price-tag, Asus has surprised us with an INR 64,999 price. We are pretty sure it will limit (or make it almost nil) the already limited buyers of this device.
Coming to the device, Asus PadFone is a combination of two devices – a phone and a tablet, which can further be transformed into a laptop using keyboard dock (dock included in the price). The only the phone comes with a processor, the tablet is useless unless the phone is docked in it.
Padfone (the phone part) comes with 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 procoessor, Android 4.0, 1GB RAM, 4.3 inch Super AMOLED qHD display, 32GB of internal storage, 8MP rear camera with LED flash, VGA front camera, and 1520 mAh battery.
On the other hand, Padfone Station (tablet part) features a 10.1 inch 1280X800p display, 1.3MP front camera, and Micro USB + Micro HDMI port.
As you can see the spec, neither of the part have industry leading specifications and one could easily buy a flagship quad-core phone and a quite decent tablet at this price.
Company has also included a stylus headset with the Padfone, which works both as a stylus for tablet and a headset for making and receiving calls.
Check out full press release below:
ASUS unveils 3-in-1 device – PadFone
Asus launches eagerly anticipated Android ICS smartphone and tablet dock combination
Bangalore, September 18, 2012: ASUS, a global leader in the new digital era, today announces the launch of its eagerly anticipated PadFone™. This device is expertly designed to offer a completely new mobile experience. Alone, the PadFone™ is a fully featured Android™ Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone with a 4.3” screen, but when connected to the PadFone™ Station, it transforms into a 10.1” Android™ ICS tablet with up to 63 hours of talk time. That’s not all; the Padfone and the Padfone Station, when docked on the bundled Padfone Station Dock, virtually offers the user computing experience like a Netbook with extended battery life upto 104 hours & access to multiple ports like Card Reader & USBs.
Key to the ASUS PadFone™’s supreme versatility is the unique DynamicDisplay technology which allows a seamless transition between standalone and docked modes, where the majority of applications are automatically enhanced with their display layouts adjusted to suit the screen. A great example of DynamicDisplay in use is the email app. Users can connect the PadFone™ to the PadFone™ Station while halfway through typing and email, the app will automatically adjust to take advantage of the PadFone™ Station’s 10.1” 1280 x 800 screen by displaying more information such as the list of emails in the inbox with a full view of an open email. The intelligent DynamicDisplay technology will also ensure that the app remembers where it stopped so that users can immediately continue playing that new game without having to start all over again when switching from PadFone™ to PadFone™ Station and vice versa.
“Today’s introduction of PadFone will be an utmost expansion of our users’ world where they will enjoy, achieve and save categorically. It is an alluring proof to substantiate our prime focus on the mastery of technological innovation and design perfection. We are assertive that PadFone will touch customers’ heart in terms of incredible product, incredible design, incredible quality and incredible service,” affirmed Mr. Alex Huang, Managing Director, System Business Group, Asus India.
The PadFone™ provides all of the PadFone™ Station’s processing power and storage when the two are docked. So no matter which device was used last, all photos, documents, and games are kept up to date and available whenever users need them. Users can continue right where they left off when moving from pad to phone without having to start all over. Better still, the PadFone™ Station charges the PadFone™ for up to 63 hours of extended talk time.
When docked, the PadFone™ Station uses the PadFone™’s 3G connection for internet access, so users only need one data plan for two devices. That translates into large savings every year.
The PadFone™ Station comes with its own keyboard dock – the PadFone™ Station Dock to meet the needs of more demanding users. To maximize productivity, the Station Dock keyboard accessory also houses its own battery that charges the PadFone™ for up to 102 hours of talk time and comes with additional USB ports and card reader.
With a crystal clear Super AMOLED qHD display and powerful dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, the ASUS PadFone™ is perfectly suited to the most demanding usage. Its 8-megapixel digital camera with Fuji image processor, F2.2 aperture and 5-element lens offers best-in-class performance too for shooting under low light and various adverse conditions, while renowned ASUS SonicMaster technology provides outstanding audio through the PadFone™ Station’s built-in high-quality speakers.
Unique and Innovative Accessories
An optional Bluetooth stylus headset is both a headset and a stylus – users can use it to draw and write effortlessly and; Further when a call comes in while the PadFone™ is docked, users can pick up the call with ease (using the stylus). To ASUS, a sleeve is not just a cover; the sleeve for the PadFone™ has been designed it to include a SIM card slot for frequent travelers, along with a cleverly hidden cleaning cloth. Nothing is left to chance, with the brand tag fashioned to double as a stylus headset combo holder.
The ASUS PadFone will be available in India at a price point of MRP Rs 64999/-.