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ASUS has barely been able to contain its excitement for its Padfone device(s?). Finally, though, we get some more details about what the phone/tablet set will be packing. The former is sporting a a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (it's unclear what model at this time) and 1GB of RAM, underneath a 4.3" 960x540 Super AMOLED screen. Much like Motorola's line of lapdocks, the SoC of the phone will power the tablet while docked.

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The tablet station has a 10.1" screen, a gratuitous 24.4Whr battery, and Micro USB and Micro HDMI connections. The tablet station will use the phone's 8MP rear camera, though it has its own front-facing camera for video chat. As if that wasn't enough, the tablet can also be docked into ASUS' now-iconic keyboard docks. The Padfone is not-so-subtly attempting to be the only device you'll ever need.

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I'm sure there's an Inception joke in here somewhere.

Here's the full list of specs for the phone half of ASUS' Padfone:

  • WCDMA 900/2100MHz
  • EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • HSPA+ 21/5.76Mbps (42Mbps Optional)
  • Android 4.0 (ICS)
  • Snapdragon S4 (dual-core Krait) with Adreno 225 GPU
  • 1GB LPDDR2 RAM + 16 - 64GB eMMC NAND
  • 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB 2.0
  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD (960 x 540)
  • Rear Camera: 8MP F2.2, AF with LED Flash
  • Front Camera: VGA
  • Motion sensor, proximity light sensor, gyro sensor, e-compass
  • 1520mAh Li-ion
  • microSD expansion slot (SDHC/SDXC up to 32GB)
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 65.4mm x 9.2mm
  • Weight: 129g

When docked in the tablet, the Padfone gains the following new specs:

  • Micro USB + Micro HDMI
  • 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display with Capacative Touch
  • Rear Camera: 8MP (via Padfone rear camera)
  • Front Camera: 1.3MP (1280 x 800)
  • Vibration sensor, 2 color LED indicators for battery status
  • 24.4Whr Battery
  • 2-in-1 audio jack, 40-pin connector
  • Phone/GPS
  • Dimensions: 273mm x 176.9mm x 13.65mm (h-average)
  • Weight: 724g

No details are available yet on pricing, availability, or if the Padfone will get its own keyboard dock or if it can use the same dock that other ASUS tablets use. If we had to guess, we'd say that another ASUS dock would work just fine for this tablet, though obviously you'll want to hear that from ASUS before you go out and buy a keyboard dock in anticipation.

So, are the specs nice enough to convince you to give up your phone, tablet, and laptop?

Source: ASUS, via Anandtech

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Mark

    Wait... the phone has to be in the tablet to use GPS? Really?

    This seemed so cool... BUT, I think it needs 720P display, quad core processor and GPS/GLONAS on the phone.

    • Kenny O

      That has to be a mistake........That would be a huge deal breaker if the phone has to be in the tablet in order for gps to work. It's one thing for gps to not work on a tablet, but no way people are going to be ok with having to insert the phone into the tablet for gps......

      • Lavi Wolf

        There's no need to be 2 GPS modules (one in phone and other in tablet).
        That's the idea behind the Padfone: reuse of GPS, Wifi, 3G/4G, etc.

      • LayZee

        The phone has to be in the tablet for anything to work, since the "tablet" is merely screen, battery, front camera etc.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        As far as I understand, the GPS chip is in the phone, and the tablet which only comes alive when you dock the phone, doesn't have a separate GPS chip - and why would it? It's useless without the phone anyway, since it's just a shell. Therefore, there's nothing to freak out about, everything is working as expected.

        It even says it gains Phone/GPS when docked - if it was talking about the handset, why would it say Phone? It's just saying that since the shell doesn't have phone capabilities or GPS, that's what it gains when the handset is plugged into it.

    • Dalcowboys1977

      If the GPS worked without the phone, you are looking at an additional account, in which case you might as well get a separate tablet.  
      To me, Asus has picked up where Motorola went wrong with the Laptop dock as there are too many things missing compared to a real laptop.  Docking into a tablet, on the other hand, you get the functions and feel of the real thing.

  • Rallerbabz

    This is prolly the tablet I want to buy, however the specs is abit too low for me.

    Quadcore, 720p screen atleast with high resolution! :D

    • ASC

      I agree with the specs being a little "Meh" ... I'm waiting on a tablet that just blows me away. Haven't seen one yet... that's why I still don't have one.

      • http://anasqtiesh.com Anas

        Dual core Krait (S4) outperforms the Tegra 3 quadcore. I agree that a higher res screen would have been great, but still qHD on a 4.3 isn't too shabby.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

    I don't know I agree on the processor (depends on how much gaming I'd want to do)...

    Agree on the resolution, especially for the tablet. I've got a Galaxy Tab 10.1 which has the same resolution/density and while it's ok I would REALLY like a bit higher density than that.

    One concern...the tablet lists weight at 724g, is that with or without the phone inserted? Either way, that's a little heavier than the Wi-Fi XOOM, and I found that thing to be uncomfortably heavy (the reason I went with sammy's tab).

    The rest actually looks pretty good to me (yay awesome battery life with tablet, the phone is a little scary though). If price wasn't too rough I could see using this as a vacation laptop (I still need a real computer for programming).

  • http://facebook.com/choooo Jason Choo

    considering krait is somewhere between cortex a9 and a15, it can beat a9 quad core kal-el rather easily. but i do agree on the screen resolution, guessing that such product would be too expensive for the Asus to market it to customers for now.

  • Dan

    Screen Resolution is the biggest disappointment on both ends, It would be perfect with a 720P Phone Screen, and 1080P Tablet Screen.

  • Eddy Garcia

    im assuming that without the phone the tablet is just paper weight

    • http://androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft

      You assume correctly. On the downside, you can't use your tablet without giving up use of your phone. On the upside, it will probably be much, much cheaper than buying a phone and a tablet separately.

      I'm still not sold on the idea of a phone/tablet/netbook all-in-one. But it's hard to fault ASUS for trying.

      • Elrando

        "On the downside, you can't use your tablet without giving up use of your phone"

        Didn't watch the video or read up on the product properly?

        That fancy stylus acts as an audio receiver/sender when your tablet is running. Which means you get full phone functionality even when it's a tablet.

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          I think what Eric meant was the concept of locking your phone into a tablet shell in general, rather than having 2 separate devices.

        • http://androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft

          Allow me to rephrase that.

          "You can't use your tablet without giving up your phone, unless you're cool with holding a 10" slab up to your face."

          Which, by the way, certain Android Police editors are.

          In seriousness, yes you can still use the phone functions (though I wouldn't want to), however you're still limited. I frequently use my phone and tablet simultaneously. Particularly when I share my tablet with the other people living in my house, while I use my phone. So, in many real ways, yes, you are giving up use of your phone, you just happen to get a tablet that can perform the same functions in return.

          See Artem's comment for a shorter version of basically exactly what I said.

        • Zachary Jacob Zblewski

          @Eric Ravenscraft: No, you don't need to hold a 10" slab up to your face.

          As shown in the video and stated written in Elrando's comment, the stylus is a handset/earpiece while your phone is docked.

        • http://androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft

          @Zachary I was really hoping that whole "In seriousness, yes you can still use the phone functions" thing would convey the already-obvious "the above is a joke", that was largely an excuse to post the picture of David with a tablet up to his face.

          I'd make another crack about how silly it looks to talk into a pen, but our humor servers seem to be broken right now. Try again later.

  • Shane Mahon

    I have an unlimited data plan on Verizon, soif they get it I'm definitely in.

  • wyngo

    I love the pen/headset. I was wondering if you have to pull the phone out of the tablet to take a call without the whole room listening in.

  • Nick

    Ever since the first modern tablet appeared I thought that this would be an idea i would like to see..... and here it is!!

    Did anyone else notice what she did with the stylus when she answered the phone? I would buy it just for that alone..... AWSOME!!

  • Elrando

    If the phone was pentaband HSPA+ and had a 720p display I would definitely consider ditching my Galaxy Nexus for this.

    Ah well, maybe next time.

  • Lon Lawrence

    I want to know where he left his tablet when downloaded the map and then unhooked the phone and used it to guide him on his walk. I'd like to run over there and swipe the tablet! LOL. How dumb. How are you going to carry two things with you?

    • http://anasqtiesh.com Anas

      Wow, dude, relax. He was using the tablet. Got directions to a destination, left the tab at home/work/whatever because he doesn't need/want it where he's going, and just continued using the phone to reach his destination.

      Was it really that hard to figure out? As for carrying two things with you.. you know, you can snap them back together, use two hands, or opt in for the miraculous invention called a bag. Jeez.

    • Freak4Dell

      How does anybody with a tablet and a phone currently carry those two things?

  • slurms mckenzie

    "two devices one data plan" like US carriers really want that

  • kiwibrick

    This is perfect for me, I'm on a lower budget and don't need to use a tablet during the day, but would like one at night at home occasionally, but I couldn't justify spending the money on a full tablet to just use occasionally so this would fit perfectly.
    A new phone plus a tablet.

  • Abdi

    Nick, I'm with you on that.
    I don't know about this specific Asus one, but i think this whole idea is great, needs a lot of polishing. Since the Samsung galaxy note came out, It has caused a lot of ca-motion. Like many others I love a giant screen, but do not want to look like a tool holding a giant tablet to my ears when making a call. So I was thinking it would be great if at home and office I had the giant screen phone, then with a shrink ray I could reduce it when heading out the door.

  • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com Ritesh

    I'd buy this in a snap if the screen on the phone was upgraded to 720p SAMOLED Plus or SLCD2 and the camera was something like the F2.0 variety on the new HTC One series..

  • Renato

    If you are not pretty, no tablet for you

  • Rob L

    Some networks say you mustn't use your phone SIM in a tablet... so how would that work? :-/

    • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com Ritesh

      Really? What reason do they cite for that? And I'm assuming you're talking about US networks, 'cos they are the ones who come up with all kinds of crap to screw everything up..

      • Rob L

        You'd think... but one particular UK network seems to have decided to go a bit crazy recently...

        I had an argument with them over it, as they changed the conditions without notifying me. Apparently the data-only contract I have can now only be used in a phone (who would want data-only in a phone???) They said that it would be disadvantaging other people on the network if they allowed me to use it for a tablet (even though there's a data cap which would obviously apply regardless of device)

        • Jaime Lefebvre

          I would absolutely take a data only plan!

  • Aki I.

    pleasantly surprised to see her put the pen up to her ear to take the call. wasnt expecting that

  • Alvin

    Oh why oh why did Asus not go with a digital stylus of the N-Trig or S-Pen variety but instead used a regular capacitive stylus?

    It would have been a killer product if that was the case!

  • Citrus Rain

    +
    I keep a better charge on my transformer than my phone.
    Storage would be combined.
    My existing unlimited data plan would apply to a tablet.
    My existing keyboard might work?

    -
    Unless they find a way to have an additional processor in the tablet that the phone can reach, it's just a big phone.
    My existing keyboard might not work.

  • Rob L

    sorry, Jaime, I can't reply directly to your post for some reason - so you're saying you don't EVER want to use your PHONE for making calls??

    • Lazarus Dark

      More than likely he was thinking Voip. Seriously, why do smartphones need analog at all? Though it may be a few years yet, eventually all phone calls will be voip and all plans will be data only.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

        There's a single flaw in this prediction...The carriers don't want to allow it.

        Think of it like the Cable companies (at least in the US). They originally made all of their money on TV service (ie, phone service), and then started to make more and more money by including data service. In many cases they moved to bundling the two together. Notice, most cable companies are very resistant to selling Data Service without TV. What compelling reason do either of these businesses have for allowing customers to get everything they need for a lower price?

        Remember, the new standard of business:
        The customer is always right if they give us more money, otherwise, they must be stupid.

      • Rob L

        Hm, I was forgetting you have Google Voice...

        lots of providers don't allow VOIP on a standard data plan though...whereas on the other hand, certainly in the UK 'real' voice calls are dirt cheap these days, so there's no real benefit to not having them.

  • Freak4Dell

    This is a brilliant idea. It needs a few tweaks, and they also need to make the connector a standard, so that they can make more form factors of phone that can fit in this thing.

    If they came out with a phone form factor more to my liking, and a 7" version of the tablet part, I'd definitely think about buying it.