February 27, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
The Asus Padfone concept has been introduced almost a year ago and, after months and months of seemingly endless speculations and rumors, we finally have some official news to give you.
The Padfone has just been formally unveiled at the MWC in Barcelona, but, even though some of its tech specs and features have been announced, there are very many details still kept secret.
Let’s start however with what we do know about the smartphone/tablet hybrid. Well, we know that the smartphone part of the duo will sport a 4.3-inch Super Amoled qHD display and will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon’s new-dual core S4 chipset.
That’s right, no quad-core processor for this one, but the specs remain pretty impressive. There’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and f/2.2 autofocusing lens, a front-facing VGA webcam, 16 to 64 GB of internal storage space, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, GPS, a gyroscope, a compass and a pretty large and capable 1,520 mAh battery.
In terms of connectivity, the Padfone smartphone (or whatever you want to call it) will come with WiFi, WDCMA, EDGE/GPRS/GSM and HSPA+, so you should expect download speeds of up to 42 Mbps.
Unfortunately, that’s pretty much all we know about the Padfone, with the release date and pricing details being still kept a secret. Also, we still have no freaking idea (pardon the language!) if the optional accessories that will turn this 4.3-inch smartphone into a 10.1-inch tablet will come with some kind of added power or will only be a pretty clothing for turning a high-end gadget into a better looking device.
Stay tuned on Androinica.com for more details about the Asus Padfone, set to come our way in the following hours or so!
Update: It seems that the standard Padfone will hit the market in April, while the LTE version of the hybrid will be released in Q3 2012. Also, there’s a capacitive stylus, but we have no idea whether it will be optional or it will be included in the package.