Just a few days ago Asus sent out invitations to an event in Taipei, where it promised to launch the Padfone Mini, a smaller version of hardware such as the Padfone Infinity. Sure enough, the Padfone Mini has been revealed, and it shrinks the normally 10.1-inch tablet down to 7-inches. This is a popular size in the Android tablet world, thanks in no small part to Asus’ own Nexus 7.
But the tablet is only one part of the Padfone Mini. It’s joined by a 4.3-inch smartphone, which has a 960×540 pixel resolution, and is powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 processor. That’s the same chip found inside the Motorola Moto G. It has a single gigabyte of RAM, and 16GB of storage space, plus a microSD card slot to increase this amount.
The spec continues with Android 4.3 as its OS, which of course, gets transferred over to the tablet when you slot the phone into it. It’s a dumb dock, so it needs the phone to operate. However, it does have a big 2200mAh battery inside, which is enough to charge up the phone while it’s docked. The only other spec of importance is the screen’s resolution, which is 1280×720.
That’s not great when you put the Padfone Mini against the Nexus 7, but at an estimated £250 for both the phone and the tablet, Asus has a potential bargain on its hands. Additionally, the tablet will share the phone’s data connectivity, so there’s no need to pay for two SIM cards.
The only question now is whether Asus will launch the Padfone Mini in the UK, as it has only been announced for Taiwan at the moment. We could hear more during CES or MWC early next year. There’s an official promo video for the device too, which you can take a look at below.