ASUS have released their second smartphone tablet combination device. The concept adopted is an interesting one from ASUS, enabling users to slot their phone into the tablet to pair the two pieces of technology together. Essentially, the tablet is run by the phone. The tablet contains a battery to drive it, but the processing and specifications come from the phone. Essentially, the tablet is a slave.
The first ASUS Padphone got a lot of feedback; some of it good, some of it bad. The corporation has taken all of it on board to produce an improved version. One major change is that the phone now slots in, rather than there being a rather difficult docking system. Now, it is simple to pair the devices. It is a compact fit and a good design. The mounting process provides feedback via a vibrating alert to tell the user that the connection has been completed successfully.
Quality, Dimensions and Specifications
Naturally the tablet slave is styled to the phone, but in my opinion, is not as nice. It is more smudgy and although pretty decent quality, is not as good a build quality as the phone. The phone is sleek, only 9 millimeters deep tapering to just 3 millimeters at its tip. The combination of both the phone and the tablet weigh only 649 grams, which is even lighter than the 3rd generation iPad.
The tablet display is 10.1 inches and the phone is 4.7 inches. The screen of the phone feels a lot smaller than a Samsung Galaxy S3, even though the S3 is only 0.1 inch bigger. The tablet screen is not full HD, although this is something that is in the pipeline for later releases from Asus.
The smartphone is a 1.5 GHz quad core Snapdragon and is incredibly powerful. When docked in the tablet ASUS claim that the phone has standby time of 6 weeks, an impressive feature. The phone itself has 16 hours talk time, 13 hours browsing capcity, and two weeks standby. The camera on the phone is excellent. It is 13 mega pixels, offering an experience better than on the Samsung S3. It has 6 frames per second enabling one hundred continues shots and 720p video as 60 frames per second. Thus, the video and photo offering trumps the HTC OneX and the Samsung Galaxy S3.
The ASUS SonicMaster technology that is used for the sound is very impressive. The app is good and Asus has done a good job of integrating excellent audio technology.
Will It Make a Splash?
Certainly, the combination of the phone and the tablet in this device is much better than in the previous version. The phone is high end premium and better than many of its competitors in some ways. The price tag means buying this is expensive if you just really want the phone. But, you are buying two items not one, gaining dual-functionality. Pricing should be seen in these terms.
This product won’t likely threaten Samsung or Apples dominance’s of either the tablet or the smart phone market, but provides a really interesting choice for consumers, will gain some fans and probably do pretty well.