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First look at ASUS PadFone: Why embedded smartphone into a tablet?

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Hybrids – it seems a new trend in 2012. And since this word can mean by a very much more precise: Today we will talk about the tablet, which includes a full-fledged smartphone. Moreover, the phrase “includes” should be understood literally: the smartphone in the literal sense is connected to the plate and become a single whole with it.

Recently, manufacturers, apparently bored with the traditional smart phones, laptops and tablets, and they began experimenting with the form or content.We have already talked about the laptop, which can be converted into a tablet and a full-fledged desktop (Gigabyte Booktop T1132) through the docking station, told about the two-part EEEPad ASUS Transformer / Transformer Prime , which is a tablet – with a keyboard, turning it into ultrabuk … And just recently told about the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga – the tablet is also a simple but unique system that turns it into ultrabuk, but in another way.

But so far none of the “gibridostroiteley” is not thought of that made ??ASUS: she literally has built a smartphone into a tablet, and the resulting product is called, not really thinking: PadFone .

That house, built by the beetle

In fact, the overall product concept is much broader than what is written in the preceding paragraphs. Now we try to describe it. To begin with, imagine a smartphone. The smartphone is a good, modern, dual-polutoragigagertsovy the new Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 8260A with Adreno 225 graphics accelerator with 1GB of RAM and 16, 32 or 64 GB constant. He has a healthy 4.3-inch screen with a resolution qHD (960×540), executed on technology Super AMOLED, vosmimegapikselnaya rear camera, front VGA resolution touchscreen and no buttons, because Android 4.0 is fully implemented.

This singer, who is kept in a dark closet

Presenting a smart, very cute, by the way, now imagine a tablet. Tablet as a tablet, the screen by 10.1 inches, rear vosmimegapikselnaya camera (which is actually the camera phones, it just cut through a hole in the right place – but before we reach that, we are now), the front camera is 1.3 MP and called it all good PadFone Station .

Outwardly simple, and very original technology ASUS PadFone
Outwardly simple, and very original technology ASUS PadFone

And now we take a smart, open to the rear of the tablet is quite extensive cover and place your smartphone in a recess formed.

Smartphone lies in the groove, as on the bed, close the cover, click, everything.

The image on the screen immediately transferred to the smartphone’s screen tablet, as well as all the available functionality, including the status of applications – that is, if you have something that was running, you’re playing a game or surf the Web, then magically they are migrated to the screen plate.

Needless to say, perhaps, that the connectors and wireless interfaces of both devices are almost identical – or the same features of a device used in the other. The screen PadFone Station, by the way, will be better – 1280×800 pixels, which perfectly reflect the same thing that was on 960h540.

But the Empress is a fun, often biting singer

But that’s not all. Now, all this goodness, we can connect a keyboard, turning the device into something like ultrabuka – or in the proper development of ASUS, about which we have repeatedly mentioned, and mentioned – this, of course, is a series EEEPad Transformer . But as they say, the keyboard from the last to PadFone Station will not work – so it too must be purchased separately.Incidentally, the battery is still at the keyboard – accordingly, we have now three batteries in one combined device and pretty decent (in theory) the battery life.

10 "plate +4.3" smartphone = ASUS PadFone


Incidentally, the name of PadFone is, strictly speaking, only the smart phone. And the rest – optional, for a handful of dollars. And it’s not all.

Which is stored in a dark closet in the house built by the beetle

Do you think this metamorphosis over? Not at all. Invested in a tablet smartphone and soul, connected keyboard – but now you can and stylus PadFone Stylus Headset connected – to draw on the screen. Previously, we have seen this feature in the HTC Flyer , and Samsung Note , but why not add here? The worst will not happen.

Of course not, experts agree ASUS. And then think – why not go further? And the stylus is made from Bluetooth-headset. And indeed, why not – there will be another feature complete, it is no wonder that the word crept into the title «headset». With this headset, the user can answer incoming calls without ceasing to use the “tablet-almost ultrabook-if-a-keyboard.”

Stop a moment!

It seems that all that the designer only needs one to complete the picture: the possibility of becoming a desktop, as it did in my Gigabyte T1132. Because everyone else already has.

What other possible transformation can anyone's guess!

So the main question: Will all of this demand? It is possible that the situation would similarly to what we predicted for the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga – that is, buy PadFone people who “just in case” they want to have a minimum of a tablet, which can easily be synchronized with their existing gadget and become more and laptop and then, if also a “sudden need”. But a significant trump all this voltronopodobnoy design is that the smartphone, tablet, and can exist by themselves, as autonomous units. However, the tablet will not be a rear chamber of the interface, and battery life will be much less – but this fact did not ignore it.

A device integrating with each other, we obtain a symbiotic system, each participant is somewhat complementary to each other – and this is a significant plus two .

On the plus side you can write and a single design that will not spoil the image of the world for those who care about their style. All components of this system are designed in single tone colors “metallic brown”, and smartphone and tablet have traditional front panel is a screen surrounded by a black border and the lack of tactile buttons. In general, if not the front lens cameras, smartphones and tablet would be indistinguishable and seemed to scale models of each other.

Product of difference

In addition, as we wrote above, the devices have other nice features. For example, the smartphone boasts a traditional Wi-Fi-network capabilities in 802.11 b / g / n, 3G up to HSPA + and non-traditional Bluetooth version 4.0. His vosmimegapikselnaya camera, as seen in the photo, has an LED flash, the sensor on the Fuji and autofocus. However, with the front camera oddity on a smartphone if it is only 0.3 MP, at the plate (cut down largely due to smartphone) has 1.3 MP.

Interface connectors of both components of the ASUS PadFone actually do not differ

This can only be explained by the fact that ASUS offers unobtrusive camera flatbed is used for video calls. There are also available and all the necessary slots: microSD, microUSB, mini-Jack, and all sensors. Dimensions PadFone 128h65 up, 4×9, 2 mm, weight – 129 grams. In general, a normal average smartphone – for the current year, of course, and then when you compare it with the others announced by the two previous exhibitions of models from other manufacturers.

Have their own ports, and a tablet. In addition to the required microUSB, there is a more correct microHDMI to display it on the big screen, and backup mini-Jack. Not without its speakers, which in tablet need more for form’s sake. Size up PadFone Station 273h176.9h13.5 mm and weight – 724 grams. And that’s without taking into account the weight of the smartphone, which makes the station in a rather weighty piece, by weight, significantly ahead of conventional counterparts. It is not known whether it integrated wireless interfaces, or PadFone Station uses everything that has a smartphone – which is more than likely.

It should also be noted that the tablet was found in the slot for microSD or just a full-size SD-card (the first is a smartphone, recall), but in all likelihood, the latter will be built into the keyboard, by analogy with a series of EEEPad Transformer .

In addition to all of the above, the screens are covered with a smartphone and tablet has become as traditional a protective coating Gorilla, protects from scratches and other ill-treatment with a gentle technique.

We should also raise the issue with the batteries. As you know, the full collection of “Voltron” has just three independent batteries, which can act as a unit. The greatest benefit, of course, gets the smartphone. According to the manufacturer, in the case of compounds with a smartphone tablet increases the lifetime of the first five times (this is not entirely unclear how much he consumes a tablet), and if more and add a keyboard – is already at nine. Again, it is unclear whether considered in these beautiful figures of the fact that the tablet and keyboard consume energy themselves. Especially the tablet.


In general, while this is all very beautiful on paper, in press releases and studio photos. We already know that this hybrid will go on sale worldwide in the coming months for a couple, and you reach the end of the semester and up to Russia at a price of 57,608.77 INR. For this price the buyer will receive two major gadget – a smartphone and tablet PadFone PadFone Station. Keyboard and stylus will need to buy more separately if they will be needed. The price for them has not yet announced.

The question is “Who cares” is still an open question. But now, more so, that ASUS has done something similar to the seeds of future devices that can integrate with all that is possible. No, of course, you can connect iPhone to some models of cars, but this is nothing more than an imitation of complete synchronization. But when the Smartphone is literally built into the tablet, and the latter uses much of the technology first – this is a completely different level.

Maybe soon we’ll see cars, which are built the same way in the literal sense of smartphones (eg, instead of the standard navigation system or computerized systems to control machines), or yet more modest: a vendor will release a fully compatible at least with their products gadgets , something similar to PadFone.

For example, Apple already has a patent on the embedding of a netbook into a monitor, and not so long ago, walking across a network video demonstrating a fully transparent smart phone, which immediately teamed up with almost everything – from the desk-to-wall screen TV or a car. And what the iPhone already has an application to control systems of some part of the luxury cars.

ASUS PadFone – only the “first swallow” in general which began the process of synchronization, merging and “hybridization.” And as far as this process is to place and time – will be clear in the coming year. Because if you experiment with PadFone recognize successful, it will not hesitate to take advantage of other manufacturers.

And then, in fact, not all are always copied from Apple.

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