Can’t decide whether to get an Android smartphone or an Android tablet? Then wait for Padfone which ASUS recently unveiled at Computex 2011.
The ASUS Padfone is a combination of a smartphone and a tablet device… well actually, just a smartphone. The tablet part does not function on its own and requires the smartphone to be docked on it. Yeah just like a hermit crab. If you want to watch movies or surf the web on a bigger screen, that’s the time you would want to dock it in the tablet. Basically, you just store the tablet on your bag while using the phone as is. When it’s time for some leisure fun, whip the tablet out for a bigger viewing experience.
You can also take calls and send SMS with the tablet part using your phone’s mobile plan. It’s like a BlackBerry PlayBook and a BlackBerry phone combination, only more streamlined and probably cheaper.
Check out the Padfone video with the enviable narrator voice to see it in action.
No official specs here yet as ASUS is just showing off what to expect late this year. But I’m sure it’s not going to run on Honeycomb since it’s not made for phones. Probably a Gingerbread or better yet, the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich that’s made for all sorts of Android devices.