AT&T reveals Asus Padfone X specs, but no price or release date

Asus Padfone X

AT&T and Asus are still teasing out the details on the Padfone X, an Android smartphone that docks into—and provides the processing power for—a larger tablet.

The Padfone X consists of a 5-inch smartphone with a 1080p display, plus a 9-inch tablet shell with a 1920-by-1200 resolution display. The phone slides into to the tablet through a rear dock connector and provides all the processing power, memory and storage for the larger screen. (When the phone is removed, the tablet portion becomes a paperweight.)

Other specs for the Padfone X include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 16 GB of storage, 2 GB of RAM and a MicroSD card slot. The phone includes a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. While the tablet can make use of the phone's rear camera, it only has a 1-megapixel camera up front.

There's no word on battery life, but Asus is packing a 2,300 mAh battery into the phone, and a 4,990 mAh battery into the tablet dock. The phone alone weighs 0.33 pounds, and when combined with the dock, the Padfone has a total weight of 1.46 pounds, making it fairly heavy for a tablet of its size.

Although Padfones have been on the market for years, they've never been available through a U.S. carrier before. Asus and AT&T announced the Padfone X at CES in January, but didn't reveal any specifics beyond screen sizes.

AT&T hasn't given a price or release date for the Padfone X, but has said that it won't charge a separate tablet data plan for the device. That's perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the Padfone X—but only if AT&T doesn't make up for it with drastically inflated up-front pricing.

This story, "AT&T reveals Asus Padfone X specs, but no price or release date" was originally published by Greenbot.

To comment on this article and other PCWorld content, visit our Facebook page or our Twitter feed.
Shop Tech Products at Amazon