This week the folks at Samsung have suggested - without saying so to the public - that they're not about to let ASUS leave them in the dust with a phone that docks into a tablet. While Samsung's device isn't exactly the same as the ASUS Padfone, the trademark we're seeing here doesn't put it all that far off from the mark. This filing number D685,774 suggests Samsungs machine wouldn't bring on a traditional form for the tablet dock or smartphone itself, on the other hand.
ASUS's freshly announced docking PadFone 2 phone/tablet hybrid will arrive in Europe and Asia before the end of December, complete with a newly-designed dock that can hold the smartphone even if shaken violently. The clever bay - even though it lacks the protective door of the first-gen PadFone - is the result of 2.5 years of development time, and can withstand being bumped, smacked around, and generally mistreated. Check out the video demo of that after the cut.
As it said it would back in September, ASUS just unveiled its smartphone-in-a-tablet PadFone 2 in Taiwan, showing off its sleek design and upgraded specs. This unique tablet/smartphone combo features a smartphone that slides into a slot on the back of its accompanying tablet. The PadFone 2 features many upgrades over the original PadFone, getting everything right that the original fell short of.
Those looking forward to the ASUS Padfone 2 have likely been very frustrated by the fact that we haven't heard too many details about the device. There have been leaks here and there, but for the most part, there hasn't really been anything too significant. The folks at Bloomberg were luckily enough to briefly go hands-on with the device in an interview with ASUS chief Jerry Shen, and were kind enough to put video of the encounter up on YouTube for the entire world to see.
The upcoming ASUS Padfone 2 has been making its way to headlines this past week, and today we have a leak reportedly sharing its full spec sheet. After seeing some leaked benchmarks, yesterday ASUS sent out invitations for their official unveil, but today we might know all the details a bit early.
ASUS is readying the Padfone 2, the follow-up to its tablet-docking smartphone, the original Padfone, with a simultaneous launch in Milan and Taipei next month. Details of the new hybrid aren't given on the invite shot out to Tutto Android, though it's clear that the device still runs Android given the partial screenshot on show. ASUS will apparently give its full Padfone 2 reveal on October 16.
We've been waiting patiently for what seems like years to get our hands on ASUS' smartphone/tablet/netbook hybrid PadFone, and if you're currently in Taiwan you can put your money down for one right now. That's just what Netbook News did, along with the additional keyboard dock and Bluetooth headset-stylus combo, and they were kind enough to post a few minutes of gadget porn for the rest of the Internet to enjoy. Check the video after the break.
Here at Mobile World Congress 2012 at the ASUS Innovation press conference they are just starting to take the wraps of off what we can expect to see in 2012. Jumping right into the ASUS Padfone running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and its 1.5 GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, with built-in 4G LTE. This is a phone, a tablet, and even has an included "headset stylus". Yes full stylus support that doubles as a headset. More info on the April date and more below.
There's another brand new teaser video in town this week, coming from ASUS with three colors in mind: Red, White, and Blue, painted right over the tablet landscape. Here's what we're figuring, given the information we have so far: this teaser is for the PadFone. Thus far we've gotten one teaser called "Divided We Stand" complete with some Russian nesting dolls, then we got a "Twice the Pixels, Twice the Fun" teaser which showed how if you put a bunch of rubber balls in a bin, they look better if there's more of them, now we get this. This teaser has three colors on a pallet, a painter smooshing one of them and stamping out a masterpiece on canvas.