Asus today announced PadFone Mini in India for 15,999 INR. The PadFone Mini is basically a 4 inch smartphone that fits in a 7 inch tablet dock and all content on the 4 inch smartphone display gets transferred to the larger tablet display.
This allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds. You can enjoy videos, ebooks, etc on the large tablet display and still benefit from a compact portable device that easily fits in your pants pocket.
The 4 inch smartphone display has 480 x 800 pixels spread across it. The 233 ppi display resolution is usable on the small 4 Inch display. The large tablet sized display has 1280 x 800 HD resolution. Both displays employ IPS LCD Display technology for good viewing angles.
The chipset used is 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560 dual core processor with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage. This is the same chipset which Asus has used in popular Zenfone 5 smartphone. Imaging hardware includes 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2 MP front facing camera for selfies.
The tablet dock comes with a 2100 mAh battery and the phone comes with a 1170 mAh battery. Other features include 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, aGPS and GLONASS. Software is Andriod 4.3 Jelly bean with Zen UI on top and Asus will also roll out Android 4.4 KitKat later.
Commenting on the launch, Peter Chang, Regional Head – South Asia & Country Manager – System Business Group – ASUS India, said, “Today’s introduction of PadFone Mini marks further extension of the PadFone series which expands our users’ world where they will enjoy, achieve and save categorically.”
Asus Padfone Mini supports Dual SIM functionality as well. On the whole the concept of a smartphone which docs into a tablet sounds very exciting. It remains to be seen if Asus PadFone Mini will fulfill the requirement of 2 devices or will remain as an incomplete smartphone and an incomplete tablet.
Key Specifications of Asus Padfone Mini:
|Model Name||Asus PadFone Mini|
|Display||Phone – 4 inch 480 X 800Tablet – 7 inch 1280 X 800|
|Processor||1.6 GHz Dual core Intel Atom|
|Camera||8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera|
|Battery||Phone – 1170 mAhTablet – 2100 mAh|
|Internal Storage||8 GB, expandable up to 64 GB|
|Dimensions and Weight||Phone – 124.42 x 61.44 x 11.2 mm, 116 gramsTablet – 199.85 x 119.43 x 13.91 mm, 260 grams|