After months of waiting, ASUS has finally made the PadFone available in Malaysia. This innovation needs no introduction as many would already know of how it offers a completely new mobile experience.
Featuring Android Ice Cream Sandwich, it has the ability to transform from its 4.3 inch screen to the 10.1 inch tablet within just a couple of seconds. The technology behind this versatility is its unique DynamicDisplay which allows a transition between standalone and docked modes. If you are using the phone to play music, worry not, for the music will continue blasting out after you have docked it into the PadFone Station from the Station’s speakers itself.
All of the Station’s processing power and storage comes from the PadFone so it doesn’t matter which device was used last as everything is kept up to date and made available immediately. Best of all, the Station charges the PadFone for up to 63 hours of extended usage so you can forget your charger for those 2-3 days overseas trips. The PadFone has a SuperAMOLED qHD display and is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. It has an 8 megapixel shooter with Fuji image processor and the PadFone Station has built-in speakers boosted by ASUS SonicMaster technology.
It is the only device in the market with a 2-in-1 design where you get a phone and tablet together. If you purchase the PadFone Station Dock, you can make it 3-in-1. The Station Dock connects to the PadFone Station and gives you the liberty of a keyboard at your disposal. The Station Dock makes for better productivity by coming with its own battery that charges the PadFone for up to 102 hours of talktime while holding USB ports and and a card reader. ASUS has taken things a step further with its PadFone Stylus Headset. This allows you to either use it as a stylus, or even to answer calls and listen/speak into it. Don’t be surprised if you see someone on the street talking into a pen.
No word yet on whether a JellyBean update will be available in the future but we do know for a fact that a firmware upgrade will allow the PadFone to support a 64GB microSD card for that extra bit of storage. In the meantime though, you have 32GB worth of Free ASUS WebStorage for 3 years.
The PadFone and PadFone Station will retail for RM2399 while the PadFone Stylus Headset will cost you RM179. The Station Dock has no price tag yet but it is estimated to cost around the region of RM500.
You can read the story behind the PadFone at http://event.asus.com/design_story/padfone