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Remember ASUS' PadFone from MWC? The Taiwanese manufacturer today released an official teaser for the device-within-a-device, boasting its display, processor, economical benefits, and impressive battery life.

For those who may have missed the specs sprinkled throughout the promo, here's what we know so far:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor at 1.5GHz
  • 4.3" Super AMOLED qHD display (the tablet features a 10.1" display, no word on resolution)
  • 8MP rear shooter (featuring a 5-element f/2.2 lens)
  • Stylus/Headset accessory
  • Over 14,000mAh battery power between the pad, phone, and dock

Overall, the PadFone is still looking like a pretty intriguing device. Despite the fact that the video seems to have hit a speed-bump in editing (the entire sequence repeats itself sans audio), it still provides viewers with an official piece of media to confirm that the device is still coming. The release of an official promo could also mean that we're due for more information any time now.

At any rate, it will be interesting to see whether ASUS' unquestionably novel device can pull off the concept of a phone-powered tablet without coming off as merely a gimmick.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • PhxBlue

    Slick!

  • duplissi

    i just might get this, got a bit of money coming in a couple of months.

  • Harrison King

    I'm probably wrong on this, but I'm pretty sure qHD meant the resolution was 960x540.

    • AndrewTaverner

      You're right, that's the phone though, not the tablet. I think the resolution on the tablet is 1280x800, but I might be wrong...

      • duplissi

        not wrong, on asus's webpage for the padfone it states 1280*800 as the tab res.

      • Harrison King

        Oh yeah, gotcha. Completely misread that he was talking about the tablet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1613993685 Scott Mitchell Dunn Jr.

    Looks good, hope it's on Verizon. I've been thinking about getting an ASUS tablet anways.

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

    Very interesting, I would like it, but resolution is going to be the big subject for me.

    I also got to thinking, most people seem to have adopted an alternating schedule with their gadget purchases.  First they have a smartphone, then several months to a year later they get the tablet, then a year later they upgrade the smartphone, and so on.  This whole thing obviously isn't going to be super cheap, so it might have problems with adoption in the US just because a lot of people won't want to foot the bill for the whole thing when they are probably only looking to replace one part of their collection.  I don't know, I could be way off and I know it's not that cut-and-dry, but it strikes me as a place where a lot of people might shrug this off.

    • http://www.facebook.com/truthkillszz Michael Berrios

      i upgrade my phone and tab every few months so this is good for me lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/truthkillszz Michael Berrios

    if this comes to verizon i will get this over the SIII

  • http://www.facebook.com/andresdroid Andres Schmois

    The repeating wasn't a mistake. It's just so awesome that it needs to do it otherwise people get impatient.

    • DROID DOES

      Cool story bro

  • Chente09

    How much???

  • Zaatour36

    Since it's a S4 Dual-Core, I'm assuming there is a high possibility of an LTE ?

    Storage and RAM ?

    I hope it launch globally in a timely manner without delays or GPS issues :P (Asus Prime issue)

     

  • Fun With Drugs

    The only thing I don't like about the PadFone is the screen resolution. SAMOLED qHD? What is this, 2010? It needs a screen as good as the One X. LCD with TrueHD res.
    Other than that, the phone and tablet combo is awesome. 

    • duplissi

      lol qhd is 2011 and early 2012 standard....

      • Fun With Drugs

         Well this isn't 2011 or early 2012 anymore. Phone's standard now is True HD 720x1280 LCD. SAMOLED and qHD is a thing of the past.

  • RaviShah

    if this has a good dev community and att bands it might replace my nexus s and ipad2...

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    A stylus headset!!!!!!! And 102 hours of battery with phone,station and dock!!!!!!That's SWEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!!

    • Thomas

      I definitely like how they successfully made someone look stupid without holding a tablet to their head :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Alden/100000469737019 Christopher Alden

    Bring it to T-Mobile, and I will so buy it.

    • The Jeff

      I would love for that to happen as well, but since AT&T shares the 3G frequency with most of Europe, it will probably go to them if it comes to a carrier in the states.

      • http://www.facebook.com/eli.friedman1 Eli Friedman

        Actually Jeff, the bands T-mo uses are more consistant with European bands, and that is why an American iPhone can't get 3g on T-mo or in Europe. 

  • Shaneledford

    Any word on a US release yet ?

    • Stevenazari

      Not going to us, no carriers wanted it. (not joking)

  • http://profiles.google.com/jbtheysee Jeff Barns

    finally another phone with software keys

  • Jan Mikolajczak

    grrrr stop teasing me and announce the release date!! ;) (Lucky Taiwanese!!) 

  • Tranum_84

    This video has been on YouTube for months.

    • AGWednesday

      "Published on May 11, 2012 "

  • Jonathan Wong

    Now this is innovation.  The Padfone bridges multiple forms of mobile devices so seamlessly and elegantly.  Compared to this, the iPad is a boring old brick.

  • Jbowman1018

    Man qHD might be a deal breaker for me. I was really hoping for 720P. I would also prefer S-LCD2 or IPS.

    • http://profiles.google.com/s.rees06 Stefan Rees

      I agree but that would probably bring the price up higher than it's already supposed to be. It's also not geared towards most of us here. It's an all in one solution thats high-mid range. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

    This used to be my most anticipated phone, but I just can't get exicted about it as much since they announced that we'll have to pay for it twice.

  • http://twitter.com/Stefing Stef of Ing

    And stereo speakers, it would appear...

  • Edd

    I'd be excited if we hadn't been hearing about this for over a year now! Hurry up with release date, drices, and test units before I go ahead with my S3 purchase!

  • Brian Breniser

    I love it, not every bit, but I love it. The stylus is a cool deal, but with a Bluetooth headset? i'd prolly just take the phone out of the case.....

    But this is gen 1, Its an awesome Idea, its an awesome concept, it hopefully works awesome, just, just awesome. But gen 2 or 3 is where it is at. Since i've got a year and a half on my current plan, i'll wait for the next iteration or so.

    Android is moving so fast, too fast for most people. I see phones (like this one, but not just this one) being used as powerhouses behind almost 100% of business uses. Imagine plugging in your phone at work and taking calls on your computer (calls that work, pc soft phones are a bitch to use). then taking that exact phone, your whole computer, to the meeting with you, plugging it in to your lap dock and your whole computer is not a laptop stand in. Then taking it home and plugging it into your tv or something of the like and streaming TV to your house.

    Taking it to school, taking all your stuff with you (plus cloud storage...), taking it to work, taking it home, playing movies, tv, and video games all on one device, sounds like the next generation of mobile devices to me...

  • Freak4Dell

    If those battery life numbers are accurate, that's enough reason to buy it right there.

  • Gabor

    its way overpriced though if the earlier released prices are correct.

    "The Padfone, priced at €699 (approx. $915), is quite expensive. This
    also does not include the €149 ($195) keyboard dock. The device(s) will
    be available in stores by the end of May, with an LTE capable product
    available by September."

  • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

    What is the memory size? I mean RAM memory.

  • udnaan

    Make it pentaband quad core and increase the display resolution to 720p and you got my money.

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