Asus PadFone is an unusual product category. It’s a hybrid with the Phone and a tablet enjoying a symbiotic relationship. The PadFone series has a Smartphone that can be docked upon a tablet, sharing the resources.
The PadFone Mini was originally launched earlier this year at CES 2014 but makes the debut in India now at the fag end of the year. The dual-SIM Mini features a 4-inch WVGA (480×800-pixel) IPS+ display, that can be docked on tablet that comes with a 7-inch WXGA (1280×800-pixel) IPS+ display. The PadFone mini is powered by a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor and 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM and 8GB of internal storage with an option for external memory card.
The Mini runs on Android Jelly Bean but the company states it will get a KitKat treatment. The Android though is given Asus own ‘Zen UI’ makeover which is also found in the company’s ZenFone series of Smartphone.
The camera specs includes an 8-megapixel rear camera with a f/2.0 BSI lens from Sony with a five element lens set up and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The camera mode include HDR (High Dynamic Range), PanoSphere, Smart Remove and All Smiles along with burts shot modes. The smartphone gets a 1,170mAh non-removable battery while the tablet dock features an additional 2,100mAh non-removable polymer battery with a combined battery juice of 3,270mAh.
The 4-inch Smartphone is sleek and boasts a thickness of 6.3mm, while the tablet measures 11.2mm. The phone weighs in at 116 grams, while the tablet dock weighs 260 grams with a combined weight of 376gms. The PadFone mini will be available in Black, Blue, Red, White and Yellow.
Asus PadFone Mini specifications
|Phone: 4″ 800*480 IPS+ Panel|
|Pad: 7” 1280*800 IPS+ Panel|
|CPU||Intel Atom Z2560 (1.6 GHz)|
|Storage||8G EMMC (Up to 64GB Micro SD Support)|
|WLAN||802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct|
|Rear: 8M with Auto Focus|
|OS||Android Jelly Bean 4.3 (Upgradable to Android KitKat 4.4)|
|Warranty||1 Year India|
|Connectivity||3G Embedded/ Voice Calling|
|Sensor||G-sensor/ E-compass/ Proximity Sensor|
|Battery||Phone: 1170 mAh Lithium
Pad: 2100 mAh Lithium
|I/O Port||Micro SIM/ Micro SD/ Micro USB|
|Unique Features||2-in-1 Phone + Tablet Design; Dual SIM support|
|Weight||Phone: 116 g
Pad: 260 g