Asus has recently announced the launch of the PadFone in India. Alone, the PadFone is a fully featured Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) smartphone with a 4.3-inch screen, but when connected to the PadFone Station, it transforms into a 10.1-inch Android ICS tablet with up to 63 hours of talk time. The Padfone and the Padfone Station, when docked on the bundled Padfone Station Dock, virtually offers the user computing experience similar to that of a Netbook with extended battery life up to 104 hours and the ability to access multiple ports such as a Card Reader and USB ports.
Asus states that the key to the Asus PadFone’s versatility is the unique DynamicDisplay technology, which allows a seamless transition between standalone and docked modes, where the majority of applications are automatically enhanced with their display layouts adjusted to suit the screen. A great example of DynamicDisplay in use is the email app. Users can connect the PadFone to the PadFone Station while halfway through typing and email, the app will automatically adjust to take advantage of the PadFone Station's 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 screen by displaying more information such as the list of emails in the inbox with a full view of an open email. The DynamicDisplay technology will also ensure that the app remembers where it stopped so that users can immediately continue playing that new game without having to start all over again when switching from PadFone to PadFone Station and vice versa.
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“Today’s introduction of PadFone will be an utmost expansion of our users’ world where they will enjoy, achieve and save categorically. It is an alluring proof to substantiate our prime focus on the mastery of technological innovation and design perfection. We are assertive that PadFone will touch customers’ heart in terms of incredible product, incredible design, incredible quality and incredible service,” affirmed Alex Huang, Managing Director, System Business Group, Asus India.
The PadFone provides all of the PadFone Station’s processing power and storage when the two are docked. So no matter which device was used last, all photos, documents, and games are kept up to date and available whenever users need them. Users can continue right where they left off when moving from pad to phone without having to start all over.
When docked, the PadFone Station uses the PadFone’s 3G connection for internet access allowing users to use a single data plan for two devices.
The PadFone Station comes with its own keyboard dock – the PadFone Station Dock to meet the needs of more demanding users. To maximise productivity, the Station Dock keyboard accessory also houses its own battery that charges the PadFone for up to 102 hours of talk time and comes with additional USB ports and card reader.
The Asus PadFone has a Super AMOLED HD display and dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. Asus claims that its 8-megapixel digital camera with Fuji image processor, F/2.2 aperture and 5-element lens offers great performance for shooting under low light and various adverse conditions, while renowned Asus SonicMaster technology provides outstanding audio through the PadFone Station’s built-in speakers.
An optional Bluetooth stylus headset can be used as both a headset and a stylus. Further, when a call arrives while the PadFone is docked, users can answer the call by using the stylus. The sleeve for the PadFone has been designed it to include a SIM card slot as well as a cleaning cloth.
The Asus PadFone will be available in India at a price point of MRP Rs 64,999. More information on this unique device here.