Smartphone + Tablet = ASUS Padfone: The Smartphone Tablet!

by Gaurav Kheterpal on May 31, 2011

Ever since the iPad became a monumental success story, I’ve been wondering if Apple would build a hybrid device that bridges the gap between the iPhone and the iPad. After all, devices such as Motorola Atrix have blurred the boundaries between smartphones and netbooks.

Asustek Computer Inc. (better known as Asus) believes consumers like iPad-like devices, and they also like smartphones, so there’s no reason why they won’t opt for a hybrid device that offers the best of both worlds. The Asus Padfone, announced on Monday, at Computex in Taipei, is a combo device with a 4.3-in smartphone that docks into a 10.1-in tablet shell.

Asus says hybrid devices such as Padfone will shape the future of smartphones and tablets. While the Padfone is an interesting proof of concept, Asus is no Apple and it will be interesting to see if the Taiwanese PC manufacturer can successfully create a new market segment for such hybrid devices.

The idea behind Padfone is simple – people usually carry a smartphone and a tablet so why not combine them into a single device. The Padfone is designed so that a smartphone could be inserted into the back of a tablet, meaning that consumers would essentially choose the screen size they wish to use while sharing data and 3G internet access. Moreover, the Padfone offers a Seamless transition of applications between pad and phone. You need a single SIM card for two devices and the pad serves as an extended battery to charge your phone.

While the advantages of such a hybrid device are obvious, James Kendrick from ZDNet points out some interesting disadvantages of the Padfone. He says the Padfone is yet another Atrix in the making and most customers believe such combos are too expensive. He believes the Padfone will face carrier interference issues and the end of the age of unlimited bandwidth would imply heavy data usage bills as most carriers do not allow unlimited data connections on larger screen devices. Another potential pitfall is that the phone needs to be docked at the tablet’s back for using the camera, and for the incoming phone call one has to remove the smartphone from the tablet.

None the less, Asus deserves all the credit for its innovative approach. Some believe Asus is trying to be Apple and it’s no surprise that the staged phone call during the Padfone launch was from a gentleman named “Steve”. Asus says its team is working very closely with Google and they are excited by the Padfone. It is believed that Asus is ready to launch the Padfone, but is waiting on Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich. The device is expected to go on sale during the holiday season and will most likely be priced between a smartphone and a tablet.

Here’s a video of the Asus Padfone in action.

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Profitable Ebay Businesses May 31, 2011 at 8:47 am

Asus is such a brilliant company!they always launched a new device or gadget every year.Asus transforming everything it seems.rather just have atablet and a phone then a phone inside a tablet.really amazing.Asus padfone has a great concept.thanks for sharing pretty sure everybody loves it!

Rahul Aggarwal June 2, 2011 at 12:33 am

I think Asus has got beyond the smarphone era and their Pasfone just seems to have proven it to the world! With the phone providing all the computing power and the 3G connectivity with an additional feature like enlarging the small smartphone screen to 10.1 inch! That sounds incredible.

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