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Asus' PadFone divides and conquers

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Matthew Jarvis
Asus' PadFone divides and conquers

The ‘pad’ now provides extra battery life to the docked ‘fone’

Asus has expanded its phone and tablet combination range of PadFone devices with two new offerings

Asus has expanded its phone and tablet combination range of PadFone devices with two new offerings.

The PadFone X (pictured) builds upon the original PadFone, adding Voice over LTE support – meaning phone calls can now be held using mobile data – and HD voice quality. The operating system of the dual-device has also been updated, with both smartphone and tablet running Android 4.4 KitKat through the smartphone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.

With a five-inch 1080p display, the form factor of the original PadFone’s ‘fone’ has been retained. The smartphone docks into the back of the tablet – which at nine inches is smaller than the original model’s 10.1-inch ‘pad’. However, the tablet now includes its own 4990mAh battery to help out the phone’s smaller 2300mAh power supply.

Joining the improved X is another PadFone – the PadFone mini.

Offering a slightly smaller version of both smartphone and tablet – measuring in at four and seven inches respectively – the PadFone mini is powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor with 8GB of expandable storage capacity.

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The PadFone mini runs on a version of Android modified using Asus’ custom ZenUI interface. The resolution of the phone’s display is 800x480, boosted to 1280x800 when slotted into the pad.

On the outside of the device sits a pair of cameras – an eight-megapixel rear-facing camera and two-megapixel front-facing camera. Inside, dual SIM cards are supported for separating business and personal communication and data.

The X is due for release in the US during Q2 2014, and will be offered in matte or gloss black. The PadFone mini will be released within the next few months, with details of a UK release to follow.

Price: TBA (PadFone X), $249 (PadFone mini)

Tags: android, tablet, asus, smartphone, device, Padfone, PadFone mini

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