Asus has officially launched its PadFone device in the Indian market and is priced at Rs. 64,999. The Asus PadFone is a great concept – the device can be used as a smartphone, a tablet and a netbook.
The Asus PadFone is a unique Android 4.0 ICS based smartphone, powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. The one of a kind feature is the dockable PadFone Station, which converts the smartphone to a 10.1-inch tablet.
The smartphone has a 4.3-inch display with a 960×540 pixels resolution. It includes 1GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera and a secondary VGA quality front facing camera for video calling. It is equipped with connectivity features like 3G, GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
The PadFone Station has a 10.10inch display with 1280×800 pixels resolution, an 8 megapixel rear camera and a secondary front facing 1.3 megapixel camera. It has a 6,600 mAh battery which is able to charge the smartphone when docked. Additionally it has a keyboard dock which also has a 6,600 mAh battery along with two USB 2.0 ports and a memory card reader slot.
The Google Play Store recognizes this device as a smartphone and hence some of the tablet optimized apps will not be available for the device. Asus does mention that the company has some major software tweaks which allow the smartphone apps work efficiently when you use the device as a tablet.