ASUS is making some buzz in the gadgets world once again, and this time around, it’s about the ASUS Padfone. This smartphone/tablet hybrid came under the limelight last May with no details on when it will be available in store shelves.
Noise about the Padfone quieted for a while until recently when GLBenchmark listed benchmark results of the smartphone on its website. The benchmark results showed some interesting things about this new device from ASUS.
Aside from being one of the unique gadget innovations, the Padfone’s processor is generating some buzz. If the ASUS Padfone will indeed be using the processor listed on the GLBenchmark, then this means that the Padfone will be using the new Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, the fourth generation of Snapdragon systems-on-a-chip (SoC). This dual-core processor is built with the Adreno 225 SoC GPU, which is faster than the Tegra 2 GPU.
And, if ASUS pushes the same specs through production, the Padfone will run Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. Though, there’s a big chance that this one will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich, knowing that the latter is already out.
GLBenchmark is an application for benchmarking graphics capabilities of an Android device based on how well OpenGL ES is implemented on that device.
The ASUS Padfone is definitely an innovation that we can look forward to. We’ve seen the Lapdock from Motorola which is of a similar concept, but having your smartphone transform into a tablet (as in the Padfone) is still something that is unique.
Do you think ASUS should start producing the Padfone and shipping it to markets? Will you be getting yourself a Padfone?