A smartphone with a laptop dock? Not new. A gaming phone? Seen that already. A phone with a tablet dock? Kinda new, but not that new. A phone that does all of the above? Are you kidding? For real?
Korean Telecom recently unveiled its KT SpiderPad, one of the few interesting devices that did not get much exposure, at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA 2011) in Berlin.
The device should be debuted in Japan later this year. No word from Korean Telecom about the price or whether it will be available outside Japan.
The phone’s specs are quite impressive: a 4.5-inch screen with a 1280×800 resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 processor (dual-core, 1.5 GHz), an 8-MP back camera, a 3-MP front camera, and 16 GB of internal storage. The phone runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread.
The device’s ability to transform from one form to another makes it bear a futuristic feel. Korean Telecom also exhibited the various docking accessories that make the KT SpiderPad morph into another form.
One of the nifty things about the user interface is that it changes depending on the accessory the phone is docked to.
The KT SpiderPad fits perfectly into the Laptop Dock with a 1280×800-resolution 10.1-inch screen. The Laptop Dock has 2 USB ports and a 6400-mAh battery. The phone’s screen becomes a trackpad when the phone is inserted into the Laptop Dock.
When inserted into the back of the Tablet Dock, the KT SpiderPad becomes the brain of a tablet. The Tablet Dock has a 10.1-inch screen (1280×800 resolution) and 6400-mAh battery. Rumors say that the Tablet Dock will not be sporting Android 3.x Honeycomb but Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich once it is released.
Last of the accessories is the Handheld Dock, wherein the phone snugly fits in the center. The dock is reminiscent of the PlayStation Portable console, the “D-pad,” and the four action buttons. A power button suggests that the dock has its own battery.
What do you think of the idea of an all-in-one Android device? How much do you think should such a device cost?
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