AT&T announced plans to carry the Asus Padfone X smartphone/tablet hybrid back at CES, but is just getting around to revealing the hardware specs now. The carrier posted new details about the device on its consumer blog.
The 5-inch smartphone measures 5.66 by 2.85 by 0.39 inches and weighs 5.29 ounces. It docks into the back of a 9-inch tablet that measures 9.85 by 6.78 by 0.45 inches and weighs an additional 18.1 ounces. That’ll make the tablet a somewhat hefty 23.4 ounces once you dock the phone into it, but the cool thing is that it uses the phone’s LTE data connection, which means you’re basically getting a connected smartphone and tablet for the price of a single data plan. And while the phone itself has a 2300mAh battery, the tablet has an additional 4,990mAh cell, which should provide you with a decent amount of battery life.
On the software side, the Padfone X is running Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat software. It’s also powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM. There’s 16GB of internal storage, along with a microSD card slot for up to an additional 64GB. The phone itself features a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. That 13-megapixel rear camera will also be put to use when plugged into the tablet body, but there’s a separate 1-megapixel camera on the front of the tablet.
AT&T still hasn’t announced any information about pricing or availability. So far, smartphone/tablet hybrids like the Motorola Atrix haven’t really taken off in the U.S. I don’t expect the Padfone X to change that, but for the right price, it looks like it could deliver a good combination of power and convenience for some users.