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Last Updated: March 6th, 2014

Asus has been making new versions of the Padfone every few months, but none of them have ever officially come to American shores. Well, that changes with the new Padfone X. This device will be available on AT&T in the not too distant future.

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The Padfone X will have a 5-inch 1080p screen when in phone mode, but like past devices in its lineage, can be docked into a larger tablet shell. The other Padfones have used 10.1-inch tablet docks, but this one is a little smaller at 9-inches. Asus says the tablet screen is "full HD," so that might only mean 1080p just like the phone. The tablet will have front-firing stereo speakers, though. The ARM chip powering this device hasn't been revealed yet, but a Snapdragon 800 has been rumored. The Padfone X runs Android 4.4 KitKat and will transition seamlessly from the phone to tablet UI when docked.

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PadFone X_Scenario_1 PadFone X_Scenario_2

AT&T points out the Padfone X will be one of the first devices to support Voice over LTE (VoLTE), HD Voice, and AT&T's LTE carrier aggregation technology for faster data speeds. It isn't clear if VoLTE will be enabled out of the gate, or if this feature will only be utilized later in the product's life cycle. There are no details on the release date or the price. The cost of the whole package is going to be crucial here – no reason to get the Padfone unless you have the dock to go with it.

[PR Newswire]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Cosmin

    i want one ... but not att ... tmobile rocks

  • SkullOne

    If only it wasn't AT&T. I'd get one in a heartbeat.

  • mgamerz

    Can't wait for the fine print to show 'requires tethering charge' like they did with the atrix.

  • Eli Shirk

    Any word on if/when other carriers will get it?

  • AOSPrevails

    DAT BEZEL!

    • Johannes

      It looks like they kept the device size and just shrunk down the screen :S

  • go

    i think tablet with stylus more better

    • CoreRooted

      Considering that as of Android 4.0, stylus has been built into the operating system, then all you would need to do is buy an additional stylus and you're all set.

  • John

    So, is a fone better than a phone?

  • BigMixxx

    Awe damn! I need to switch carriers now.

  • Matthew Driver

    I remember seeing this: http://techcracks.com/2011/03/bento-laptop-tablet-hybrid/ a couple of years ago and I just can't get it out of my mind to be honest. Has anyone seen anything like it since, maybe at CES?

  • http://www.arcane.org Mystech

    Carrier Unlocked and docking keyboard (like Transformers) or go home.

  • dub_carter

    i plan on getting it pay full price and take it to simple mobile or something

  • Phillip76

    anyone know if it will be able to use the keyboard dock?

    • TareX

      That's the money question.