Asus launched the PadFone X in America last week, where it’s an exclusive to the AT&T network. At the time, there was no indication it would be sold elsewhere in the world. However, news coming from the Computex tech trade show in Taiwan, indicates Asus will be releasing it internationally as the PadFone S.
If you’re unfamiliar with Asus’ PadFone range, they’re unusual hybrid devices, where a smartphone plugs into a tablet dock, which then utilizes the processor and operating system to provide a big screen user experience. The main advantage is not having to purchase two separate devices, or pay for two mobile connections.
The PadFone S is smaller than many previous PadFone models. The tablet has an 8.9-inch screen, into which you plug a 5-inch, 1080p smartphone. Apparently, the phone will have a Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM, ready to power the Android KitKat OS. Once docked, the tablet’s built-in battery keeps the phone topped up. Other features include a 13 megapixel camera on the rear of the tablet, 4G connectivity, a microSD card slot, and wireless charging.
Asus hasn’t provided any details on where it’ll release the PadFone S, but we have seen a few of the previous models in the UK, even if they have been sold unconnected. In the U.S. Asus has struck a deal with a network, so perhaps it will manage to do the same in the UK. We should find out more between now and September.