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AT&T to Carry the ASUS Padfone X With LTE Advanced, VoLTE and HD Voice

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AT&T announced this morning at the end of their developer summit that it will exclusively carry the ASUS Padfone X in the U.S. Previous variants of the phone and tablet combo device have avoided the U.S. market up until now, even though it has been quite popular in international markets. We aren’t sure why (other than carriers hating the idea that you can use a smartphone data plan with a tablet by docking them together), but are certainly excited to see this hybrid concept arrive. 

The phone sports a 5-inch display, yet docks into a 9-inch tablet body. The Padfone X is powered by a Snapdragon 800, will work on LTE Advanced, and provide VoLTE with HD Voice capabilities.

Those last two features aren’t exactly live with AT&T’s network at this point, and details are avoiding us for now. We should know more shortly, at 12PM Pacific, when ASUS takes the stage at CES to show off the product.

No release date or price was provided.

ASUS PadFone X to Arrive in the U.S. Exclusively from AT&T

Innovative Smartphone and Tablet in One to Join the Nation’s Fastest and Most Reliable 4G LTE Network

Las VegasNevadaJanuary 06, 2014

AT&T1 today announced that it will carry the ASUS PadFone™ X, a smartphone and tablet in one, exclusively in the U.S. Pricing, detailed specifications and availability will be announced at a later date.

“We are committed to delivering our customers the most innovative and compelling device portfolio,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T. “The PadFone X is first of its kind in the U.S. It combines leading technology, a beautiful design and a remarkably seamless application experience – all on the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network. This allows consumers to run their smartphone apps instantly on a vivid 9-inch tablet display. The magic of it is that the experience is not just bigger, it’s better than on a traditional smartphone.”

“AT&T and ASUS share a passion for innovation and we are very excited to bring the ASUS PadFone X to the U.S market,” said Jonney Shih, chairman, ASUS. “Our technology is capable of instantly turning a premium smartphone into a tablet, giving consumer the ultimate experience on both devices. Together, we look forward to bringing more choices to consumers.”

 A Great Screen for Every Scenario

The PadFone X is a 5-inch full HD smartphone that activates a 9-inch full HD tablet when the phone is docked. It runs Android KitKat 4.4. and features a thin and light design with a brushed metal frame, a soft-touch back cover and dual front speakers that deliver captivating audio.

The PadFone X combines both smartphone and tablet into a thin and light package with seamless transitions that lets the user choose between two screen sizes dependent on the task at hand. Its unique design and features include:

  • Seamless Transition – Simply dock the smartphone and Apps running will instantaneously auto-adjust to fit the larger PadFone station display.
  • Optimal Experience – Consumers can effortlessly select the display experience that’s optimized for the application and their environment at that moment – whether they are watching a video at their kitchen table or taking a call as they run out the door. The PadFone X delivers a uniquely seamless experience that enables today’s mobile life.
  • Large Battery – The companion PadFone station includes a large battery. It charges the smartphone’s battery when docked, providing two times longer battery life. This allows users to do more of the things they love, for longer.

State-of-the-Art Technologies

The PadFone X supports LTE-Advanced technology, including Carrier Aggregation. The new product also supports Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and HD Voice.

ASUS and AT&T started working together in 2012 with the launch of VivoTab RT and continued through 2013 with the MeMO Pad FHD 10 LTE. For more information about the PadFone X watch the ASUS press conference live on Jan. 6 at 12:00 p.m. PST at http://press.asus.com/events. Follow the conversation on Twitter with #PadFone.

AT&T has the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network, according to independent third party data.2 In addition, the company was named America’s fastest 4G LTE network, in PC Magazine’s 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks study of 30 markets – and also swept the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest.3

AT&T is focused on giving our customers top-notch experiences with a single interaction. The company was recently recognized with two major achievements, outperforming competitors for customer service and wireless purchase experience. J.D. Power awarded AT&T the “Highest Ranked Customer Service Performance Among Full-Service Wireless Providers” and “Highest Satisfaction with the Purchase Experience among Full-Service Wireless Providers” in their 2013, Volume 2 studies.

  • MK17

    With the current cheap prices of tablets I don’t see how having an external 9″ screen/ extended battery is all that useful. I guess when I travel around I could see it as useful, but there are too many times that my tablet is being shared or doing double duty.

  • MichaelFranz

    omg that bezel on the tablet…..i love the padfone idea and would love to have one given the right specs, software and price, but wow the bezel ont he tablet is huuuuge

  • JBartcaps

    I really really want this product to succeed

  • hoodieNation

    I would buy this full price if it came to Verizon.

  • bkosh84

    800 dollars.

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    Wheres our VoLTE Verizon!

  • droidrazredge

    This is an awesome concept. Moto, bring back the lapdock/webtop concept but with a tablet shell like this for the Moto X and future devices. I’d
    pay at least $200, maybe more for a tablet screen that my phone slots into. Also ASUS, you could make your tablet shell work with lots of devices and I’d buy that

    • BillySuede

      why would asus do that? that’s a horrible business model for them as it makes the whole idea behind the ‘padfone’ pointless for them.

      • droidrazredge

        Well seeing as the ‘Padfone’ is only available on AT&T at the moment I think the whole that’s a horrible business model for them is out the window. Might as well add other options to other carries or for people who do not have AT&T, but to exclusively lock it to one carrier is just as bad of an idea.

  • Chris Hannan

    “We should no more shortly”
    :|

    • Sirx

      Ikr!

      “We should nevermore shortly”

      Was that so hard! Get it together, Kellex :-P

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        Haha it threw me off when I first read it

  • Ed Cerqueira

    If only it came to Verizon, I would be all over it. Hopefully someday it will come to verizon and at that point it will also support an active stylus, at least with the tablet dock. Then it would be able to completely replace my current phone and tablet.

    • Michael Singer

      And desktop…

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      God I wish it too. Dock it to a tablet and a laptop and that’s it. I’m done :)

  • coh303

    I’ve thought this was a great concept since they announced the very first padphone. I wish more manufactures would jump on this wagon. No need to pay for the internals of two devices when you could just use one for both sizes.

    • coh303

      ^Too bad the likeliness of VZW ever allowing this on their network is next to none

      • Cael

        With tiered data it’s entirely possible that Verizon would allow it. Probably be complete banned from people with Unlimited.

        • coh303

          I dont think they’ll allow it because they’d rather have you paying a separate fee to use a tablet on their network

          • Ed Cerqueira

            or maybe they’ll make some special plan for Padfone like devices specifically

          • coh303

            Anything is possible. It would surely take away from the cost savings of doing something like this though.

          • Cael

            2 GB between a phone and tablet? You’d go over. Verizon makes money. All they care about. 2 GB for a phone and 2 GB for a tablet? Yeah you can stay in that range a little bit easier.

          • coh303

            Throwing another 2GB on your plan wouldn’t cost the $10 device fee like you would get with a separate tablet plan. It would save you $120/year by combining this in to one device.

          • AceRimmer

            The only thing you are activating is the phone, just say you don’t have the tablet. Or just buy it outright elsewhere and slap a sim in it from another phone you have.

            I think its Bullsh@t that verizon allows everyone to tether for free with apps but blocked all the unlimited users from doing so.

      • Michael Singer

        God damn u Verizon. All we want to to pay your exorbitant fees and use you amazing network. Why must you make it so much more complicated?

        • Blue Sun

          It’s really not all that complicated once you leave VZW. :)

          • Michael Singer

            Grand fathered unlimited…

          • coh303

            That’s what’s stopping me. Plus I’m in Nebraska so it’s really the only choice I have

          • Michael

            How did they send an update out that blocks unlimited users from tethering on their network for free with apps but allow those on tiered to get away with it?
            Did they specifically itemized updates between the two and send out two different updates. How can tether apps be blocked for unlimited and not for tiered? Anyone?

          • Vernon

            The Android 4.1 update tied tethering capabilities directly to two different plan options: the tethering feature (which if you don’t have is not available to add new) and the share everything plans. Both of which completely remove the need for tethering apps, unless rooted unlimited.

  • JJ69Chev

    I want. To bad it’s only for AT&T

    • hkklife

      Too bad it’s on AT&T period. Now it will get cluttered up with even more bloatware than Asus usually installs. Plus, AT&T will delay/stifle updates and find a way to gouge customers for 2 data plans.

      Selling this thing unlocked and free of any carrier meddling would be the best way to sell such a unique device.

      • Sqube

        They will. AT&T has the U.S. carrier exclusive. That doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to get an unlocked international version.

        • picaso86

          or unlock this one for T-Mobile.