1. Phillip Swanson's Avatar

    Honing his inner Steve Jobs, Asus chairman Jonney Shih waited until last minute of their press conference at Computex 2011 to unveil the companies next big thing. Or things. Or two things in one, the Padfone.

    The Padfone is Asus' vision of the unholy marriage between a smartphone and a tablet device. The smartphone docks, or connects, or assimilates into the tablet body, becoming the heart of the new device. It's very similar to the Motorola Atrix, except that the Atrix is essentially a docking station for the phone, and runs a different OS than the phone. Both the smartphone and the tablet docking station would come together in one purchase.

    The tablet portion of Padfone seems to act as a shell for the phone, with no memory or internal components of its own. Once the smartphone is inserted like a casette tape, the device adjusts the screen size to accomodate the 10.1" screen of the tablet. Asus claims there is no upscaling or up-conversion going on. However, it seems like this is the equivalent of attaching a larger monitor to your laptop, except the laptop would fit inside of the monitor.

    All that is known is the device will run whatever the latest version of Android is at the time of release, the phone will be able to be charged by the battery in the tablet housing while docked, and it will be available later this year.

    While this idea seems like it could be the future of tablet computing, Asus' demonstration left much to be desired. There were no hands-on demonstrations and all that was shown were a few concept videos along with a clearly unfinished prototype. It doesn't seem very smart to announce a product that is this far out from release. People can only be disappointed.

    Also, the legitimacy of a market for this kind of device is debatable. There is no way Apple is considering this sort of device. They would have to cannibalize one of their sacred devices, either the iPhone or iPad.

    For now, there clearly seems to be a market for both tablets, and smartphones. There is definitely room for convergence between the two devices, but announcing a product like this without a release date, basic specs, and a price point does nothing to legitimize its existence. All it will do is raise questions. Questions Asus obviously isn't ready to answer.

    Source: PC Mag
    2011-05-31 05:00 AM
  2. ronfin44's Avatar
    I like it.
    2011-05-31 05:04 AM
  3. iSteed's Avatar
    Yeah... they should have held out until they were ready to release a finishes product. Watch it'll get scrapped before it's expected release for some unknown reason
    2011-05-31 05:09 AM
  4. Chibichuba's Avatar
    Looks nice! Pretty creative design, other than the name. I hope this inspires other companies such as apple. Nice article by the way!
    2011-05-31 05:19 AM
  5. Lamborghini615's Avatar
    I like it.
    IKR it actually looks good... but seriously, they could have done something about the name of this device to something a little more creative...
    2011-05-31 09:15 AM
  6. sucram6791's Avatar
    great idea, i wish apple would do this
    2011-05-31 10:44 AM
  7. Mewedeeman's Avatar
    Phillip, you forgot to include a video of the announcement. It's the most embarassing product presentation I've ever seen.
    I couldn't decide wether to laugh or cry
    2011-05-31 01:12 PM
  8. fishbone's Avatar
    M$ Courrier, like this Padphone, was also a nice concept... Except for the fact that it never really "was" anything!

    Cheap mockups don't make for a product, that's a lesson that should be learned!

    Phillip, you forgot to include a video of the announcement. It's the most embarassing product presentation I've ever seen.
    I couldn't decide wether to laugh or cry
    Dude, that video just made my day, LMAO!

    They even got that china dude from "Hangover" to do the presentation!
    Last edited by fishbone; 2011-05-31 at 03:45 PM.
    2011-05-31 03:37 PM
  9. daytonaviolet's Avatar
    i like the concept of placing your phone into a dummy screen to create a tablet but it would depend on the price of the dummy screen tablet.
    2011-06-01 10:10 PM
  10. jOnGarrett's Avatar
    great idea, i wish apple would do this
    they will, then sue other companies for "copying" their idea.
    2011-06-03 09:19 PM