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Asus Padfone Coming In February With Tegra 3

David Gilbert


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The Transformer Prime was the first device to launch with Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chip inside, but in recent weeks we’ve seen a steady stream of manufacturers, such as Acer, Lenovo and HTC, all promising Tegra 3 tablets and phones for 2012. Now Asus is adding to its list of Tegra 3 devices.

According to Nicole Scott from netbooknews.com, who spoke to Engadget, the Asus Padfone will be launched (again) next February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona - but this time with Tegra 3 on board. It was back in May that enigmatic Asus CEO Jonney Shih revealed the Padfone, which is the rather strange combination of smartphone and tablet in one, with the former used to power the latter.

The 4.3in smartphone will fit into the back of a 10in tablet shell with the processor, RAM and memory of the smartphone powering the tablet. However Asus has been doing a lot of tinkering to the initial design and it seems as if one of the tweaks has been to the CPU.

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It was initially thought that the Padfone would have a Qualcomm Krait S4 chip powering it, but it now appears as if Asus has plummed for the Tegra 3, possibly as a result of how weel Asus felt it worked on the Transformer Prime.

We already know that the Padfone will come with the unifying version of Android, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, which considering the form factor(s) makes a lot of sense.

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With the Tegra 3 SoC and Android 4.0 on board, the Padfone is shaping up to have all the elements in place to make it a success, but whether or not the public will take to the novel idea is another matter. Let us know in the comments what you think of the Asus Padfone.

Source: Engadget


December 6, 2011, 1:52 am

Close, but the tablet will be too heavy and too thick. The connection needs to be wireless and the tablet should be a dumb terminal (VNC-style). The tablet can then be thinner and lighter than anything else on the market. Also it needs to work with the Prime's keyboard dock. Back to work Asus;o)


December 22, 2011, 8:19 pm

I have seen one photo with the Padfone attached to the laptop dock. But, like everything else to do with this device, no other information is available. It MUST have a keyboard dock or it has lost a third of its usefulness. Having the 3-in-1 universalism is unbeatable in theory, but if the tablet end is inferior to Prime, it's a choice between make-do ubiquitousness; and battery draining wireless connection between the Prime and the smartphone of your choice. We need to see it put through its paces. Remember, all processing power fits in the phone, nothing else. If it's faster than, say, the Samsung Galaxy S2, and the thicker tablet (or lapdock) has more ports (multiple USBs) then it will be very interesting. The fact you won't be able to fit a protective case on the phone (it will take away from the quick handiness of the idea if you have to keep removing the case to slot it into the tabdock) is a cause for angst. Especially since it is essentially the most important part of your entire computer system!

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