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.
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.
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.