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Asus Padfone vs Samsung Galaxy Note

Mobile World Congress is now well underway in Barcelona, with several exciting new phones being put through their paces. But one device that has got the world of technology really buzzing is one that is more than just a smartphone.

The Asus PadFone got its proper launch at MWC yesterday, and has been impressing reviewers and users alike.

The PadFone is another innovation from Asus, and has been hailed by some as the future of mobile technology – as we start to converge and combine our devices.

So how does this smartphone-come-tablet compare to another tablet-esque smartphone out there at the moment, the Samsung Galaxy Note?

Samsung Galaxy Note

Released late last year, the Galaxy Note really pushes the boundaries of how big a smartphone can be. At 5.3 inches, the Note feels like a mini-tablet in your pocket.

And seems that this was part of Samsung’s grand plan – the tech giant has just announced a 10.1 inch tablet version of the Galaxy Note at MWC.

We’re not quite sure how the Note tablet will fit into Samsung’s existing tablet range, but it shows that tech companies are doing all they can to make us buy a tablet.

The smaller Galaxy Note is Samsung’s fastest smartphone to date, with a 1.4GHz dual-core processor. There’s also up to 32GB of internal memory, as well as an 8MP camera.

Asus PadFone

The key selling point of this device is the fact that it can be transformed into a tablet. But are users going to want to shell out for the tablet add-on?

The tablet’s price has yet to be announced, and the success of Asus’ innovation will depend on how much it chargers for the add-on.

But what about the PadFone itself, does it compare to the Galaxy Note? In a word, yes. Running Android 4.0 (the Note only runs Gingerbread), the PadFone has a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip and up to 64 GB of internal storage.

The 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display looks very impressive, as does the 8MP camera. But don’t expect this device to come cheap.