ASUS made the Padfone official by unveiling the docking Android smarphone and tablet combo at a press event to kick off Computex.
The Padfone will consist of two elements, a 4.3-inch Android smartphone, which slides into a 10.1-inch tablet-sized dock. The tablet dock will not be independently powered, and will require the phone portion to run. However, it will provide extra battery life and expanded storage, and docking can be done seamlessly and live, so the phone device will not need to be powered down.
ASUS claims the device shown at Computex is just a mockup and may change significantly. ASUS is looking to roll it out around Christmas time along with its second-generation slate lineup (following the Eee Pad Transformer, Slider, and the others unveiled at CES 2011). ASUS did not confirm which version of Android it will launch with, only saying the company is aiming for the latest version, which will probably be Ice Cream Sandwich.
MeMO Goes 3D
Remember the MeMO, the pen-toting seven-inch Android tablet ASUS rolled out at CES? Well, that’s getting a glasses-free 3D display.
The seven-inch Android tablet, (“powered b the latest version of the Android operating system,” according to ASUS) is the smallest in the current Eee Pad lineup will sport a 3D IPS screen for viewing 3D content when it launches in Q4. It will also have a 1,200 x 800 pixel density, the same built-in stylus we saw at CES, and the MeMIC Bluetooth headset/phone extender, which will be bundled with the device.
It’s unclear if the MeMO will also sport the same innards it had at CES when it launches, which include a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm 8260 Snapdragon processor.
Check out the TabletPCReview Image Gallery for additional images of the Padfone and see the Padfone in action in the videos below.