This past week at CES, our very own Darcy LaCouvee was invited to ASUS’s suite to check out some of their new products including the Padfone, Transformer 700, and the ASUS Memo tablets. For now we are just going to check out the ASUS Padfone. The Padfone features a 5MP camera, and running on Android 3.0 – Honeycomb. The tablet part of the duo features a 10.1 inch display and the phone part features a 4.3 inch screen.
The ASUS Padfone is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2012, but we will see when ASUS finally releases it. Hopefully we won’t see the same problem as we saw with the release of the Transformer Prime, and now a new release to the Transformer Prime. The ASUS Padfone will probably never make it’s way to US carriers because carriers hate the fact that it has two connections, it means they can’t charge you a seperate plan for each.
Check out our gallery below of the ASUS Padfone:
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looks thinner than I thought it was going to be!
Now it just needs to dock into the Transformer’s dock and we’re all set.
Android 3.0 and not ICS?
Verizon needs to make this available.
It’s one device with the option to expand the screen by putting it into a tablet shell, which has only a screen and battery. So there’s no way they can add another data plan to a gutless shell. So I think that US carriers will use this phone because this is the next gen phone for sure.
First of all, “seperate” is spelled “separate”. Secondly, I agree with Rick, why will the carriers stifle a great innovation just because they cannot “charge” more money? For what? I already was apprehensive about the concept a couple of years ago for exactly the same reason. THE CARRIERS WANT THE CONSUMERS TO PAY MORE $$$ BY USING 2 SEPARATE DEVICES. To do this they will block any innovation (like the Padfone) that will work around it. I and others are screwed who may welcome such innovation and in the meantime feed into the folks who are willing to carry (and pay) for 2 devices and plans. I just hope first, that ASUS execute and produce a QUALITY product and secondly, that ONE carrier would have the guts enough to put the consumer first for a change. They will still make their millions regardless.