Yesterday we covered the recent leak of the ASUS Padfone Mini from techy tipster @evleaks who suggested that the tablet smartphone hybrid would be coming in 2013. We also knew that ASUS were holding an event in Taipei earlier today where we suspected that ASUS would be officially announcing the device – which they have!
ASUS officially unveiled the ASUS Padfone Mini today, for those unfamiliar with the device it’s a smartphone that slots into a tablet which the smartphone powers and controls. So what does the Padfone have for itself? Let’s begin with the main part of this device the smartphone.
The ASUS Padfone’s smartphone part is home to a 4.3-inch qHD (540 x 960 pixels) display, a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragonprocessor with 1GB of RAM. There’s an 8-megapixel camera on the back and it comes with 16GB of storage on board, it’s also powered by a 1,500 mAh battery. The device’s tablet dock part is home to a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 it’s also home to a 2,200 mAh battery of its own.
In terms of distribution there’s not official word whether the Padfone will make it out of Asia, but in a recent interview with Engadget ASUS CEO Jerry Shen has revealed that the company is planning a set of high-end PadFones for Europe and the US, alongside a “mainstream” series for Asia. Shen also revealed that the company is already developing a product for a “big operator” for a Q2 launch in Europe and North America.
As for general release right now ASUS have announced that the Padfone Mini will be launching in China, Russia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia where it will sell for around $405.