Asus is just exploding all over the tablet scene. By my count this morning, they have four “regular” tablet devices, the Transformer Series (basically tiers from entry level to OMG). Then they have the Padfone series which are devices which allow you dock a phone INSIDE a tablet housing giving it access to the larger screen, storage, ports and a huge battery. Then finally they have some smaller form factor MeMo tablets (not my cup of tea, but some folks adore them.
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.
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/GPS 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
- 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.