Asus made a sensation of sorts when it first introduced the Padfone early in the year. Essentially a single device that comprised both a tablet PC as well a smartphone, the Padfone is indeed innovation at its best. Now the good news is, Asus is taking things forward with the tablet, so that we might get to the real thing from the end of this year or early next. Furthermore, the Padfone will come pre-loaded with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, which Asus attributed as having better cross-platform operation across different platforms. Asus had earlier announced the tablet part would run Honeycomb while the smartphone would sport Gingerbread.
“We chose the ICS because of its better integration across different platforms,” said Alex Sun, corporate vice president and general manager of Asustek’s personal mobile devices BU.
Sun also revealed they have already started planning the second version of the Padfone, which would hit streets during the first half of 2012. Sun though wasn’t forthcoming with any details of Padfone 2 except that it would be compliant with LTE wireless broadband technology and have three-dimensional (3D) graphics capability.
The Padfone, as of now, comprises of a 10.1 inch display along with a smartphone that comes with its own 4.3 inch screen. The smartphone packs in neatly within a slot at the back of the tablet and also doubles up as a 3G dongle for the tablet. One will be able to view content from the tablet on the phone and vice-e-versa. While working together, they can also boast of an enhanced battery life.