ASUS has announced the next in its line of Padfone hybrids, with its Padfone mini which converts from a 4.3″ mid-range phone into a 7″ mid-range tablet. A rather unique idea, the Padfone line features two components for each model; a normal Android phone, which can dock into a larger tablet accessory, allowing you to share data, apps and the like between the two devices.
The Padfone mini is squarely aimed at the middle of the market, with a quad-core 1.4GHz CPU and 1GB of RAM, and a qHD (960×540) display on the phone handset, which expands to 1280×800 when docked into the tablet. The phone features 16GB of internal memory which can be expanded by microSD, and just a 1500mAh battery in the phone, bolstered by a 2200mAh battery in the tablet.
The Padfone Mini launches with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, customised a little by ASUS as you’d expect.
As you can see, these specifications aren’t groundbreaking, but for a device combo that costs just shy of $450 Australian Dollars, you’re probably looking at a bit of a bargain here. Considering that a phone and tablet, if purchased separately, could easily add up to over $1,000, this could be a good alternative if you’re in the market for both devices at once.