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Asus PadFone – what you need to know

It’s only the first day of MWC, and already we’re being spoilt for choice with state-of-the-art smartphones, some cheaper (but still very good) models, and plenty of exciting tablets.

But there is one company that is defying all conventions by trying to tick as many of those boxes as possible. We’re talking of course, about Asus.

The tech giant has been parading its latest device, the Asus PadFone, in Barcelona. The PadFone got a showing at CES last month, but Asus has been holding off on the official unveiling until now.

And it has been worth the wait – the Asus PadFone is a great device that doesn’t play by the ‘rules’. It’s a smartphone, but a smartphone that can turn into a 10.1 inch tablet. So what do you need to know about this phone-come-tablet?

Asus PadFone tablet

There’s no wizardry at play here, you just plug the PadFone into the body of what is essentially a portable touchscreen, and the device becomes a tablet.

As yet there is no word on how much the large screen will cost, but don’t expect it to be cheap. There have also been concerns that the phone’s processor won’t be enough to power the big screen.

Of course, Asus has said that the PadFone’s power will be enough for the tablet, and has designed a ‘Dynamic Display’ which it claims makes the transition between phone and tablet as seamless as possible.

Asus PadFone specs

So what is the PadFone packing on the inside? It’s a high-end device, featuring a dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip, an Adreno 225 GPU, and up to 64GB of internal storage.

Running the latest Android OS (what new phone isn’t these days?), the PadFone has a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED qHD display, and an 8MP camera.

The specs are decent, but it’s the phone’s tablet aspect which is the most exciting. And as our devices continue to converge, we could see a lot more of this sort of thing in the future.