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Asus tipped to debut new PadFone Infinity, a tablet powered by a phone

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So if you had to choose between buying a phone and a tablet, which would you take? Most would opt for the phone, I suspect, simply because it’s more portable and works with traditional voice calls. But what if you could get both a phone and a tablet in one overall product? That’s interesting. And it’s exactly what the Asus PadFone Infinity is: An Android(s goog) tablet that’s powered by a docked Android phone.

Asus already has an earlier version of this product combination available, but it looks like next week the device will see an upgrade. Engadget caught a YouTube video teaser along with a separate product page showing a “landing” on September 17.

I actually like the concept here: With the right amount horsepower in the phone, why not power a touchscreen? You simply dock the phone into the back of the display and your phone becomes the guts of your tablet.

asus padfone infinity front

After all, the hardware components of today’s high-end smartphones is much the same as you’ll find a tablet. Why pay for the same hardware two times? The added benefit is that you don’t need to sync your personal data or media files between two devices. There’s only one storage location for both the tablet and the phone.

The current Asus PadFone Infinity uses a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm(s qcom) Snapdragon 600 inside the 5-inch 1080p phone, which powers a 10.1-inch full HD tablet display. I’d anticipate a chip bump to the Snapdragon 800 next week, Android 4.2 support and little else: The overall specs of the current model are pretty top notch already.

2 Responses to “Asus tipped to debut new PadFone Infinity, a tablet powered by a phone”

  1. From a technology angle, I love it. Why buy two processors when you only use one at a time?

    From a business angle, I worry. The price of a product has little to do with the cost to make it, and the savings overall will be slim. Really just the same as a normal tablet minus the cost of the processor and maybe the WiFi chip. What is that, $20 maybe?

    Then you are locked into that particular phone. If ASUS changes phone form factors, then you can’t upgrade your phone and keep your tablet. I would pay a $20 premium to keep my tablet independent from my phone.