An Asustek official told media representatives yesterday that the upcoming ASUS Padfone will be powered by Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) when the device is released some time late this year.
Alex Sun, chief of Asustek’s personal mobile devices department, explained that ICS is the operating system of choice for the upcoming ASUS Padfone because the operating system promises better integration across different platforms.
ICS, said to be the unifying version of the Android operating system, is set for release in the fourth quarter and is hoped to patch the fragmentation caused by different releases of Android for smartphones and tablets. Recent reports say that ICS can come out in as early as October this year.
The ASUS Padfone’s design is among the unique ones, since it is made up of a standalone smartphone component that also powers a tablet when the smartphone is docked into the tablet bay. The smartphone itself has a 4.3-inch touchscreen. The tablet component is just a shell and won’t work as a standalone tablet. When combined with the tablet dock, the smartphone renders its display on the dock’s tablet-size 10.1-inch touchscreen. Battery life is also extended when the smartphone component is docked.
Asustek also hinted of plans for a second-generation Padfone that will support 3D graphics and LTE connectivity. Asustek may launch this next-generation Padfone in the first half of 2012.
For the meantime, Asustek is holding back on new phone releases for the rest of the year. According to Sun, Asustek needs to “think about the future direction of its mobile phone business” after the company shifted to a new strategy for its smartphone line.
What’s your take on an ICS-powered ASUS Padfone? Will ICS make you want to get one for yourself?
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Yes, and hopefully there is a keyboard dock like the ASUS Transformer has. And if you can reuse the tablet shell, then that would be awesome.
yep i agree totally, imagine the three in one… neat – real neat.
Count me in. I hope tha telcoms see this as just a cell phone device and no stupid double-dipping with data charges.
Imagine arriving home from work and docking the phone and continue working, surfing, socializing, etc with no fuss.
I’m going to presume that the tablet will receive calls with the phone docked; this could make video calls better and more stable, cell phone battery would charge straight off the tablet dock and, possibly, the add-on keyboard dock.
What a dream team!
Really like the concept, but they need to get the details right. For me, this would be ideal – I don’t use a cell phone very often, while I carry my Transformer every where (to bed, bathroom and even the shower).
So not having to lug around a rarely-used phone, while giving me web access, plus ability to use the phone occasionally, is a winning combo if executed properly.
Hard to say much about this combo. How heavy and thick is it. I cannot quite appreciate the combination. Sounds a little clumsey to me. I am lining up for a Transformer Prime.