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May
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The wait is nearly over for anyone who kind of wants a tablet, but doesn't want to commit to having two whole devices. The Asus PadFone X has been "coming soon" for months now, but AT&T is finally setting a date – you can get your own phone/tablet hybrid on June 6th for $199, if you go for the traditional contract.

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The KitKat-powered PadFone X was top-of-the-line when it was first announced way back in January. It packs a Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. The 5-inch phone screen is 1080p, but the 9-inch tablet dock bumps it up to 1920x1200. Many flagship phones have since moved on to the Snapdragon 801, and 3GB of RAM is fast becoming the high-end option. The X also has PMA wireless charging built-in, which is weird.

The device will be available online and in-stores for the usual $199 on-contract price. If you want to do AT&T Next, it's $22.92/month for Next 18 or $29.80/month for a 12 month term. The price includes the tablet screen dock, by the way.

[AT&T]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • mustbepbs

    I'm shocked at how cheap it is.

  • xsirxx

    199$ for both the phone and the tablet part? I think thats a great deal... I still wouldnt go to ATT but hey if thats the sorta thing you are into...

    EDIT: Break phone screen? You still have a tablet...

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      That's with contract, but yeah that's a good deal. I'm curious how much it is sans contract.

  • Phteven

    Bring it to T-Mobile and I'll give it a shot. ATT, no thanks. I've wanted to try this since the first version a while back, and the dollar price seems ok, but the COST of dealing with ATT is beyond my patience budget.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      I'm thinking about buying it outright from ATT and unlocking it for T-Mobile. Very tempting.

      • Phillip Bee

        My plan precisely!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

          Though we might get a better deal on the international version even having it shipped over. I'll have to look it up.

          • Phillip Bee

            No LTE on those though in the US as far as I know

          • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

            Ugh, well the only international one I saw in a quick search was like $800some, so ef that.

          • Phillip Bee

            If you did not know already 550 off contract.. What a great deal

          • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

            I'm impressed.

      • Phteven

        I did that with the Note 3, but ATT would not give me an unlock code because I didn't activate it for 90 days, even though I paid for a no-contract device. So, unless unlock codes for this will be available I'm not sure it will work. Just my experience, maybe those codes are available for all devices?

        • jonathan3579

          You could always use the services of any of the numerous cell unlocking sites...but that's a gray area, I know.

          • Phteven

            I did that with the Note 3 deal I got, but will this phone be as popular? and if not, will those codes be so readily available?

        • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

          I don't see it being massively popular so it might be tough to get somebody to unlock it for you, I'll have to wait until it's been out for a little bit.

          • Phillip Bee

            @jonathan3579:disqus @claytonodonnell:disqus Any luck on finding codes? I just got mine today .. cant wait to unlock

        • Brian

          Didn't a law get passed forcing cell companies to unlock unsubsidized or fulfilled contract devices

    • Jacksonxp

      I think .it's good and not very good.
      http://goo.gl/TLOqrR

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      lol I love my Xperia Z Ultra and am thinking about snagging this to replace it.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

        I use a Z Ultra Google Play Edition as a daily driver. I love it too, but let's not kid ourselves. That device appeals to a very small amount of people.

        • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

          Of course. I'm kinda jealous of you GPE, I'm thinking about switching it over somehow.

    • p0k3y

      Asus makes bezels with a side of glass

  • WhoaManWtF

    Wow, might be looking at my next phone...

  • jonathan3579

    I think the idea is cool and the specs aren't outdated per se but it's not cutting edge for sure. I just don't know if I can bring myself to want this like I did.

  • silver_arrow

    It uses PMA because that's what ATT has signed on to use. Same with the lumia 1520... Thanks ATT

  • http://mekakiwi.blogspot.com.br/ ED-Z が あらわれた!

    That still two devices there. One of them unable to work independently.

    But for that price maybe it's a deal for some.

  • Davietr

    The phones spec are not bad at all. I would consider this phone without the dock. But, throw in a dock for free and I'm really interested. July and XDA should tell me alot more about the device. Root and Roms.

  • oldmoney

    and knowing at&t just like what they did to original atrix they will charge u for using it as a tab which didn't make sense at all.

  • Cuvis

    I really wish I could get a PadFone that supports all T-Mobile's frequencies.

    • scottmog

      Dont count it out, continually check xda to see when they do make this possible.

  • NoonianAtall

    This makes no sense.

    I have a phone and a tablet. I can use them separately. I can leave one in one room and one in another. If I lose or break my phone, the tablet is fine. If the battery runs down on one, the other is usable.

    With this device, if I lose or break my phone, I have a large, blank screen. If I want to put my phone in its charger on my nightstand while I use my tablet, I can't. If I want to hand my phone to someone else so they can talk on it while I use my tablet, I can't. Whenever I want to switch from one to the other, I have to awkwardly slide the phone in or out of the slot. If I want to put my phone in a case, I have to remove it every time I want to use the tablet.

    Is this not the case? I can't find any useful information on the device in a quick Google search.

    This is a solution in search of a problem. Millions of R&D dollars wasted.

    Hey, let's make a motorcycle that plugs into a car body, a car body that can't be used without the motorcycle plugged into it. That would clearly be an improvement over having both a car and a motorcycle, separately.

  • imazman

    I just bought the phone and the tablet...in for 199 it's a steal. this just forced me to retire my Atrix phone with Lapdock and my samsung galaxy tab 2 tablet. the best part of this type of setup is that my phone is my wallet it is my CPU and it is my file and data storage for all my devices my phone my lap top and my tablet. my biggest pet peeve with this Asus setup is that the phone is too big I prefer the smaller phones so my thumb can reach all parts of the screen using one hand ok.