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An LTE tablet that doesn’t require an additional data plan charge? Sort of. The Asus Padfone X for AT&T uses an LTE smartphone — and its data plan — to power a companion tablet when the phone is docked.

asus padfone x back

AT&T will carry the Asus Padfone X, a modular phone and tablet combination device. The carrier announced its plans on Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show but didn’t specify pricing or availability. For consumers that don’t want a separate phone and tablet plan, the Padfone X could be appealing.

asus padfone x front angle

All of the hardware guts are inside the 5-inch phone which has a full HD touchscreen display and runs Android KitKat 4.4. You use the handset as you would any normal phone but when you want a tablet experience, the phone slides into the tablet companion devices. The docked smartphone then powers the 9-inch full HD tablet display, which has a battery of its own that can also recharge the phone.

It’s an interesting idea and one that Asus has tried before in other areas of the world. Here in the U.S., carriers have typically preferred to sell separate smartphones and tablets to consumers. Why? Because operators charge each individual device for the data. Since the Padfone X tablet doesn’t work independently, it shouldn’t require any additional data charges over what consumers would pay for the Padfone X handset.

I like the concept but I’ll have to get my handset on the device to see how well it’s executed. I anticipate it will work fine if the phone and tablet potions are running the exact same screen resolution.  I’m also wondering: How difficult it is to take a phone call when the handset is docked in the tablet?

  1. When you get a phone call you can answer on the tablet and use it like if you where on speaker on a phone.

    Or you can answer on headphones if they are connected, or just plug them.

    You can also just pull of the phone of the tablet and answer on the phone.
    There is an option that make answer the call right when you pull it out, or you answer manually.

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  2. perhaps this could be a loophole to using an unlimited data plan on a tablet, assuming this comes to t-mobile, sprint or another carrier that has unlimited for phones but not tablets and/or tethering.

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