Asus PadFone X, a phone with docking tablet, hits AT&T on June 6 for pre-orders

PadFone X featured

U.S. consumers looking for a modular phone and tablet device will find what they’re looking for on June 6: That’s when AT&T will begin taking pre-orders for the Asus PadFone X. The unique device is both handset and a slate although the latter doesn’t work without the former. The phone docks into the tablet and powers the slate, sharing its LTE connection with both screens.

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Overall, the phone doesn’t quite compare with the latest flagship phones; at least not on paper. That’s because the Asus debuted the device before the current crop of advance handsets. It’s still relatively powerful though, boasting a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip that runs Android 4.4 on the 5-inch full HD display. Pop the phone into the back of the tablet and those hardware bits power Android on a 9-inch full HD display; essentially the tablet is a shell that’s running the phone software on a larger screen.

PadFone X ATT docking

The handset also has a 13 megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture so it should gobble more light in dim situations. Internal storage is 16 GB but can be expanded with an additional 64 GB of storage. The PadFone X can also be charged wirelessly. And Asus has worked on its own software to smartly resize apps when running them on the 9-inch tablet.

AT&T is already taking email addresses for thos interested in the PadFone X which can be bought in three different ways: $22.92 a month with AT&T Next 18, $29.80 per month with AT&T Next 12 or $199 with a two-year agreement. The carrier is also offering a special promotion for $80 that includes a protective cases for both devices and a  Duracell Wireless Charging Mat for $80. That deal runs from June 6 to July 24 and saves you $50. AT&T is also offering a mobile dock that transforms the modular device into a laptop-like experience through a Bluetooth keyboard.

 

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