Published on February 27, 2012 7:19 PM

MWC 2012: Asus Padfone Smartphone, Tablet and Surprising Stylus

After outlining the changes to its tablet range at the firm's MWC media event, Asus presented the many features of the Padfone, a new concept smartphone that slips into a tablet. Although it's been doing the rounds on the web for a few months now, the final product had a few highly unexpected tricks up its sleeve!

asus padfone presentation

A surprising concept first unveiled at last year's Computex show, the Asus Padfone is effectively a series of products that integrate seamlessly to create new devices. For example, the Android 4.0 Padfone smartphone slots into a 10.1-inch tablet that looks a lot like a Transformer Pad (according to Asus, the name EeePad Transformer, is sooooo 2011). 

asus padfone concept

The Padfone runs on a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, and has 1 GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen (qHD resolution, 960 x 540 pixels) and SonicMaster audio technology—as seen in Transformer Pad 2012 tablets—promising bass-rich spatial sound. On top of that, the smartphone has an 8-Megapixel camera and comes with 16, 32 or 64 GB of memory.

Once it's hooked up to its tablet, the Padfone has five times the battery life of the smartphone alone. However, that's still not enough for Asus, as full compatibility with keyboard and battery dock from the Transformer Pad101 (ex-EeePad Transformer) boosts Padfone battery life by a whopping nine times!

asus padfone suppot

While this barrage of information soon had the 300-strong journalists in the room sitting up and paying attention, Asus CEO and master of ceremonies, Jonney Shih, just kept on socking it to us. In fact, anyone who thought his one-man-show might have been over at that point was in for another huge surprise when he plucked a Padfone stylus out of nowhere and started using it with the tablet. From taking notes to editing documents, the Padfone looks like one serious competitor for Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1.

asus padfone stylet

And then, as if by chance, an incoming call was suddenly displayed on the device—lo and behold  it was Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm. And instead of removing the Padfone from the tablet to answer the call, the Asus CEO picked up the call ... with the stylus! Oh yes, the Stylus Headset is not only a capacitive, pressure-sensitive stylus but also has a built-in Bluetooth module, a microphone and a speaker to interact with the Padfone's mobile phone capabilities. Hands up if you saw that coming!

asus padfone stylus headset

The Padfone is slated for release in April with a 4G LTE version also in the pipeline. There's no word on pricing for the time being.

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