Asus PadFone: Ice-cream sandwich smartphone

Taiwanese electronics company Asus has launched its PadFone – a 4.0 smartphone which converts into a tablet, which then converts into a mini laptop.

Though first unveiled in Computex back in May 2011, the Asus Padfone becomes one of the most-anticipated gadgets in recent years.

The ASUS Padfone sports a 1.5GHz dual-core Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone that comes a pair of cameras (8-megapixel main, VGA secondary) as well as 16/32/64GB of storage, an HDMI port, wireless connectivity (via Wi-Fi, HSPA+ and Bluetooth) and 1GB of RAM. Is this gadget smoking hot like a Cohiba? Not only that, the handset part has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 540 × 960 pixels.

The PadFone has a Super AMOLED qHD touchscreen, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 8MPixel digital camera with Fuji image processor, ASUS SonicMaster audio, GPS, 16GB storage onboard, microSD slot and 1520mAh battery.

The PadFone is priced at $917 while the keyboard costs an additional $195. The phone itself has a 62 hour talk-time, the Station Dock keyboard comes with an additional battery that can recharge the PadFone for up to 102 hours of talk time, aren’t those enough to justify its high asking price?

In case you didn’t know, it is a three in one smart-phone that works as an ‘ice-cream sandwich’ simply doubles up to whatever you want it to be.

The 4.3” screen phone has to be connected to a docking styled device called Padfone station for it to convert into a 10.1”tablet.

Club it with the Asus keyboard dock and the device transforms itself into a Netbook.

That’s not all. The stylus too does multiple tasks – acts as a headphone and microphone – while connecting through Bluetooth.

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