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.

Source(s): Android Central
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  • toast

    The cost makes it attractive, but you end up with a meh phone and a meh tablet. To be honest if you already have a decent phone, which the people who will even know that this exists probably already do, then you might as well just go buy a nice tablet. A Nexus or a Samsung or a G Pad.