LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2012: Asus provided more details about its PadFone hybrid device and unveiled its forthcoming Transformer Pad range at Congress today.
Asus chairman Jonney Shih took to the stage in Barcelona to announce that the PadFone – which integrates a smartphone, tablet and netbook and was first revealed at Computex in Taiwan last year – will be available in April, with an LTE version following in the third quarter of 2012.
The smartphone is powered by the latest Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android, has a 4.3 inch Super AMOLEDqHD screen and runs a 1.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor. It can be plugged into the PadFone station to become a tablet, while a keyboard dock can be added to create a netbook device.
Asus also announced its new line of Transformer Pads, which can be used as tablet or netbook devices. The Transformer Pad Prime, aimed at early adopters, runs the Honeycomb 3.2 version of Android but can be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich. It runs an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and is just 8.3mm thick, weighing 586g.
The HD-capable Transformer Pad Infinity supports LTE, 3G and Wi-Fi and runs on a 1.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, while the Transformer Pad 300 Series will support LTE using a Tegra 3 processor. The 300 is targeted towards younger consumers, coming in a range of different colours.
The Asus chairman also demoed a tablet stylus that doubles as a Bluetooth headset and discussed what he called the ubiquitous cloud computing era. “The time has finally arrived when every screen in your lives could transcend into a portal with real time access into your digital world,” he said.