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Asus Teases the Padfone Before MWC – “Divided We Stand, Together We Rock”

Not that there was any question over whether or not Asus would unveil the almost forgotten Padfone at Mobile World Congress next week after press releases went out, but this new teaser helps to confirm it further. With a not-so-sneaky slogan of “Divided we stand, together we rock,” it’s painfully obvious that they are talking about the joining of a tablet and a smartphone.

To catch those of you up that haven’t followed the saga of the Padfone – which is an awful name by the way – we’ll run through its history briefly. Originally introduced around last May, the Padfone would be a 4.3″ phone with the ability to dock inside and power a 10.1″ tablet. In theory, it really is the best of both worlds. You would have a phone for you day-to-day tasks and a tablet for those bigger multimedia times. However, after having been introduced, the product seemed to have disappeared for a bit until finally resurfacing in November with word that it would appear MWC. It makes sense that the product would be delayed until Ice Cream Sandwich was released though. How else would Asus have been able to load Gingerbread and Honeycomb all onto one device? Now with Android 4.0, they no longer need to have a device that can dual-boot.

So here we stand just days away. Are you ready for it? Suggestions for a new name?  


Cheers Jacob!

  • Pcguru30

    If it means that I can legally run 3g from my phone to my tablet without paying for tether than sign me up

  • Howard Chu
  • Dude

    How heavy? How think? How is battery life? Will it charge the phone if the phone is running low?

  • Shaun.Ober

    now all they need to do is make the table dock with the keyboard of a lap-dock

  • GovGeek

    Please be quasi universal! Want!

  • ConCal

    Given that the Transformer Prime was pretty awesome, I’m psyched. 

  • ME

    moto’s lapdock 500 is better. 14 inch hd sceen. full desktop full keyboard with a row of android keys . do things on you phone,desktop same time.no teather charge. the price isnt that bad. everything is powered by phone so every time you upgrade your phone,your lapdock is that much better.

  • QtDL

    This sounds like a good idea in theory but I’m not too sure if I would actually want to carry around a tablet and a phone. Does the tablet work on its own? If it doesn’t it’s basically just a bigger monitor. I’ll stick with Ubuntu for Android. 🙂

  • xiaozao22


  • TankerTough

    Suggestions: The Phonelet, The Tone, or The Phablet.

  • Dliuzzo110

    How bout the J. J. Walker cuz this thing is *dynoomiiite* ooouuuu!!

  • Sorry guys, it’s still a niche product that’s going to stay marginal.  It might require a premium, and it’ll definitely require special software (even if just drivers).

    Moreover, it makes the bad assumption that the person wanting to use the tablet will always be the same one who owns the phone.  Ever see a family with a tablet?  How often is Mom or Dad the only one using it?  That’s what I thought.  Good for a 20-something man with no live-in partner or kids, terrible for a parent who doesn’t want to miss an important call because little Jimmy is playing Cut the Rope.

    If it’s like the Eee Pad Slider, the PadFone will be out of the public eye within months.

    • Dude

      People don’t think about usability for the general population. The fact that it’s a cool tech toy means everyone should love it. 

  • Is the tablet functional without the phone? And is ASUS planning on getting into the phone market now too?

  • Q

    this is dumb

  • DroidzFX

    Its a dream inside of a dream

  • Verizon? If so, sign me up!

  • Goldie Dog1

    No more ASUS purchases until after ICS for Transformer.  They are starting to get out of control and dropping support for everyone who generated their revenue so they could continue designing.  ASUS needs to show appreciation to those of us who got them where they are today.
    Remember one thing about android manufactuers – if they don’t say they are going to do something in the launch literature then they don’t count on any promises made later.


  • Keith0606

    I call it the “NotInUS”, b/c all the U.S. carriers want us to pay for two device data plans.

    • user311

      the padphone should be treated like the web dock on moto’s devices imo.

  • oooooooh I like that idea!!

  • YESSSSSS!  Please be on Verizon!

    • ld

      At the minimum, they will want to charge you for tethering, for sure.

      • kwubba

        Why? They don’t for the Motorola Lapdock.

  • Brandon Sikes

    What about the 1+1+1 thing at the end? Do we think this could hint at a phone/tablet/keyboard model? If so then………/drool

    • ConCal

      Probably, think Transformer Prime with a phone in it. 

    • Captain_Doug

      Wow. Somehow I didn’t think of that. I would love that. Like, love it. +1,000,000,000 likes/faves/retweets/etc.

  • Travisjshepherd

    How about the Asus Telepad!

  • PSU_DI

    Did anyone else pick up on the 1+1+1 bit.  I have a feeling that this will be a phone that can dock into a tablet which will be able to dock into a lapdock. Up until now I just thought that it would only be a tablet with a phone only.

    • Gr8Ape

      that is my take as well. although in some parts of the world, 1+1+1=2

    • Yo dawg I heard you liked docks, so I made a dock for your dock so you can dock while you dock.

    • AlexKCMO

      And then when docked into the keyboard, it loads a full Ubuntu experience.  The keyboard comes with a charger and and 500 GB HDD. 

      I would throw money at the screen for this.

  • Drummer62

    Asus “Bumble Bee” playing on the Prime name. This one is like the small bee that lands on the large flower and then makes the world a better place, lol

    • Travisjshepherd

      Or maybe go in a different direction, the counter-part to Optimus, Megatron!

  • Raven

    I love the concept.  It is basically what I have always wanted in a single phone/table combo device, especially if they also throw in a 3rd piece like a Transformer style keyboard.  Unfortunately, this particular implementation pictured above looks rather bulky and inconvenient.  It should just slide in from the top and the phone’s camera should still be usable as the tablet’s camera.

    • r0lct

      Hopefully the render is very outdated.

    • i am pretty sure that picture was the design but about a month ago i think ASUS said they are redesigning it.

      • Loki

        I’ve been going to their website where they have a wed page showing it off since last June waiting for this thing to come out and what carrier it would come to, but almost a year later and its still not out yet.
        I’m afraid by the time it comes out its going to be like the Bionic fiasco and they’ll have to update all the hardware to play catch up with the newer chip sets and technology. It’s exactly what I want, to magnify everything I do with my phone but all in one.
        What would be nice if they made a universal tablet that would allow a number of different phones to be put in the back of them with a little slide adjuster to keep the phone from sliding around and all you would have to do is buy the plug that matches your phone and connects to the tablet device that you put it into.

    • Jdstell

      Exactly. The first thing I thought was “What the hell is up with that door on there?” Kind of like the Motorola Atrix laptop accessory, why does the phone have to stick out of the back of it? Make the phone dock into the front and double as an info screen and gesture/touchpad.

  • r0lct

    So missed the video until now.  1+1+1?  Phone+Tablet+?   What’s the third “1”?

  • mustbepbs

    I don’t even want to know how expensive this thing is.

    • Still wondering what carrier will agree to it. Well, I guess we have seen lapdocks…

      • mustbepbs

        I suppose they could market it the same way Moto does lapdocks. And we know how expensive those things are.

  • Tutunkari

    Still sounds better than iPad.

  • r0lct

    The real problem is most tablets are now as thin as a phone and now this device has to be artificially thicker and would love to know if the weight is balanced.

  • 1.) I hope this comes to Verizon
    2.) I hope it kicks ass and was done right so it doesn’t suck
    3.) I hope I can afford to buy one off contract if I sell my galaxy nexus and/or my transformer prime
    4.) I hope it releases soon!

    • PSU_DI

      ASUS won’t make a CDMA device, well they never have in the past, so I won’t hold my breath.  I expect ASUS to sell the phone as an unlocked global GSM phone, I think its supposed to it to support HSPA+.

      Also keep in mind that Ubunto is coming to android, and combine that with Samsung dock that showed up on the Samsung site, your GNex should have full desktop capabilities before the end of the year. I’m also expecting to see a universal lapdock at MWC this year, which would be awesome for the GNex. So don’t part with the GNex so quickly.

      • The last thing I want to do is part w/my G-Nex. I Love it! Only thing that would even make me consider jumping ship on it would be for a single device that unifies my tablet and phone. Someday… 

  • tjpeco

    This is what I was hoping that the Galaxy Nexus ICS experience would be.

    There’s no reason why I should have to buy two data plans for a tablet and a phone.  They should use the same one.

  • r0lct

    Silicon Sandwich running Ice Cream Sandwich?

  • ddevito

    Now THIS is a Transformer tablet.

  • ddevito

    The Asus Kangaroo 

  • ddevito

    What happens when you get a phone call?

    • Not sure that we know yet, heh.

    • PSU_DI

      answer in speaker phone??? on the tablet.