We first heard about the Asus PadFone X back at CES, and in the months since we’ve heard promises that the device is coming soon but nothing more solid than that. After almost looking like vaporware, the teasing and waiting is finally coming to a close. AT&T has announced that the phone/tablet hybrid will be available for pre-order starting June 6th.
The PadFone X continues Asus’ tradition of creating a handset that can also be ‘plugged into’ a tablet base. The PadFone X utilizes the phone’s internals to power its tablet mode, and so that means anything available to you on the phone will work on the tablet as well. There’s even a separately sold accessory that can add a keyboard dock to the Asus PadFone X’s tablet, giving you one device that is capable of acting as a phone, tablet and even a laptop.
While the Asus PadFone X sounds cool, in order for the idea to work well, the hardware has to be up to the job. Thankfully the quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU should be more than enough to provide a solid experience. There’s also a 13MP cam, a 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB RAM, PMA wireless charging support and 16GB storage. The tablet dock has a 9-inch display with a resolution of 1920×1200 and a 4990 mAh battery.
So how much will the PadFone X set consumers back? AT&T will offer the tablet/phone hybrid for $199 on contract. Those who are interested in going-off contract, you can get it through the AT&T Next program for $22.92 a month or $29.80 a month depending on if you go for an 18 or 12 month term.
So how about it, anyone interested in picking this one up from AT&T? Conversely, do you dislike the idea of a phone/tablet hybrid?