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ASUS PadFone Mini hands-on preview: video and image gallery

Join us as we go hands-on to get a better look at the ASUS PadFone Mini, a 4-inch handset that has the ability to transform into a 7-inch tablet.
January 8, 2014

At CES 2014, ASUS not only unveiled its new ZenFone budget handsets, but it also took the wraps off the very affordable PadFone Mini.

In our hands-on preview of the PadFone Mini, Josh Vergara jumped in and gave us a look at how the Intel-powered device transforms from a 4-inch handset to a 7-inch Android tablet.

ASUS PadFone Mini specifications

  • Size: 124.42 x 61.44 x 6.3-11.2 mm (smartphone mode) / 199.85 x 119.43 x 13.91 mm (tablet mode)
  • Weight: 116g / 260 g
  • 4-inch display with 800 x 480 resolution (smartphone mode)
  • 7-inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution (tablet mode)
  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of storage
  • microSD support up to 64GB
  • 8-megapixel Sony camera with BSI, wide-aperture f/2.0 and five-element lense
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • dual SIM support
  • 802.11 b/g/n support
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 1170mAh / 3270mAh battery depending of mode
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (upgradeable to KitKat) with ASUS Zen UI on top
  • ASUS Dynamic Display technology that automatically resizes apps to fit the appropriate screen size

The ASUS PadFone Mini has a lot in common with the ZenFone series, with its specs coming in somewhere between the ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 5. There’s an Intel Z2560 CPU with 1GB of RAM, and there’s a modest 8GB storage.

The specs aren’t half-bad, but they certainly won’t blow anyone away. Being honest, the 800 x 480 resolution is a little bit disappointing, especially when using the device as a 7-inch tablet. Still, it’s important to realize that both the phone and the tablet dock only come in at $249. This low price makes it easier to forgive the PadFone Mini’s less-than-bleeding-edge specs.

The PadFone Mini also has the new Zen UI interface and rocks Android 4.3, with a future planned move to KitKat. Of course the real magic is the ability to turn your phone into a tablet for those situations where you need a bigger display such as gaming, watching movies and so forth.

We’ll do our best to get a review unit of the PadFone Mini as soon as possible, where we’ll be able to take an even closer look at how this unique two-in-one device performs. In the meantime, be sure to check out all the great news and hands-on videos from our CES 2014 coverage!