Without a shadow of a doubt, our favourite device from MWC 2012 was the 3 in 1 Asus Padfone.
In case you have been in Canadian Wilderness under a rock for the last year or so, the Asus Padfone is a Phone, Tablet, and Transformer; in the one device.
The tablet cleverly pops out a docking bay, for the phone, which powers the tablet (and gets recharged at the same time), then the tablet docks into the keyboard, becoming a Transformer, and also helping itself to a recharge thanks to the keyboard dock’s extra large battery concealement.
Maybe this is the truest personification of the Transformer title that Asus has produced yet.
Information on the Padfone’s arrival into Australia is hard to come by at the moment, however here are some of what we do know.
The full list of specs for the phone half of ASUS’ Padfone:
- WCDMA 900/2100MHz
- EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900MHz
- HSPA+ 21/5.76Mbps (42Mbps Optional)
- Android 4.0 (ICS)
- Snapdragon S4 (dual-core Krait) with Adreno 225 GPU
- 1GB LPDDR2 RAM + 16 – 64GB eMMC NAND
- 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB 2.0
- 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD (960 x 540)
- Rear Camera: 8MP F2.2, AF with LED Flash
- Front Camera: VGA
- Motion sensor, proximity light sensor, gyro sensor, e-compass
- 1520mAh Li-ion
- microSD expansion slot (SDHC/SDXC up to 32GB)
- Dimensions: 128mm x 65.4mm x 9.2mm
- Weight: 129g
When docked in the tablet, the Padfone gains the following new specs:
- Micro USB + Micro HDMI
- 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display with Capacative Touch
- Rear Camera: 8MP (via Padfone rear camera)
- Front Camera: 1.3MP (1280 x 800)
- Vibration sensor, 2 color LED indicators for battery status
- 24.4Whr Battery
- 2-in-1 audio jack, 40-pin connector
- Dimensions: 273mm x 176.9mm x 13.65mm (h-average)
- Weight: 724g
Asus Padfone certainly takes the crown as The Mighty Allrounder. Follow us closely as we bring you up to the minute news on the Padfone’s release.
You know you want one right? The Padfone also eliminates the issue of buying a 3G version or WiFi version of your favourite table, and no tethering needed!
Watch this space.
Australia is finally getting the Galaxy Note!
After dragging tongues along the ground watching the rest of the World for what feels like forever, Australia’s major carriers Optus and Vodafone had already announced pricing and availability yesterday.
However now Telstra have come out on their Facebook page and have announced they will release in April, but still have a bit to confirm.
We’re guessing at least the $79 cap with maybe an additional $20 a month handset repayments.
Either way, we’re excited! Watch this space!
Well you can’t have it any better than straight from the source!
We’re still waiting to see how long this post lasts, however this could really be it!
Hence we just posted about the latest Beta released and had our doubts this was in fact Gold.
It very well could be.
Hit that Kies update button continuously and you could be lucky!
Let us know if you are!
So you may rightfully be wondering when Samsung are EVER going to release the final version of Android 4.03 (ICS), for the ever popular Galaxy S II smartphone.
However, the nice people over at SamMobile.com have just released a new Beta to everyone’s amazement.
Hence if you are not shy of a bit of Odin work and you like trying new things, then here you have it.
Surely this must be the final Gold version relabelled as a Beta?
Hit the download here or QR away, we are!
And a quick video of the software in action
Well according to the team over at ZDnet, Asus and Google are reportedly working on a co-branded 7 inch Android Tablet.
The smaller form factor appears to be a hot topic amongst vendors at the present, with Samsung already outing their much applauded model.
Could it be that Android manufacturers are after the fabled Kindle Fire market, or is smaller becoming better with Android Tablets?
HTC was apparently not interested in the project, whilst it was deemed Acer did not have the development team required.
Only time will tell, but we will be following all developments on this first to market Google branded tablet with great intent.