Remember the Padfone from Asus? Of course you do, it’s that
crazy idea of using a smartphone to power a tablet so you don’t need to buy two
Asus’ charismatic CEO, Jonney Shih unveiled the device at
Computex last May but since then the company has been pretty tight-lipped
regarding when (or indeed if) the Padfone would hit shelves.
At All Things D’s AsiaD conference this morning however Shih
finally revealed that the Padfone will arrive early next year and will come
pre-loaded with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
For those who have forgotten how the Padfone works, 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.
Since the launch at the end of May, we have heard that Asus
has done a lot of tinkering with the Padfone design and what we could be seeing
in the new year is a completely new design.
With Asus already bringing the Transformer and Slider form
factors to the tablet market, it remains to be seen if the Padfone will have an
audience, but for those who don’t want to splash out on two expensive gadgets,
this could be the answer.
We expect to get our hands on the Padfone at CES in Las Vegas next January so
stay tuned all the details. For now, enjoy the overly cheery promo video from Asus which suggests the Padfone is the answer to all your problems.