With smartphones and tablets leading as today’s hottest selling gadgets, it looks like ASUS could have a winner on its hands.
Announced at the annual Computex show in Taiwan, the ASUS Padfone is a smartphone that’s able to slip inside a larger touchscreen dock to transform into a full-on Android tablet. Bizarrely however, you can’t run the Padfone as a tablet without having the phone docked round the back.
Although its full specs are still to be confirmed, the Padfone’s smartphone measures in at 4.3-inches, compared to 10.1 inches for its tablet-sized counterpart. According to ASUS, it’ll arrive running Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS, which Google has promised will see a pre-Christmas launch. This upcoming OS bump will equip the device, conveniently, with both phone and tablet features, including a holographic UI, multitasking launcher, and support for advanced applications.
ASUS says: “It is a first of its kind innovation that allows you to switch seamlessly between pad and phone for a user experience that best-fits your activities, at any time. Internet access from the 3G network connection is shared between the phone and pad, as data storage is streamlined through a single storage pool.”
There’s no word on the Padfone’s exact release date, although it’s expected to land in Q4 2011.