Three big names in the mobile industry are working together to bring the PadFone X mini in the United States. Intel and AT&T are helping Asus to release the new smartphone this coming October 24 in AT&T retail stores and some national retailers.
ASUS has released on its YouTube channel several new videos highlighting the advantages of having a 2-in-1 device with its Padfone S smartphone/tablet hybrid. The gadget line, which is one of a kind (so far) can be used as a smartphone which then converts into a tablet when docked, for the price of one device and one data plan as well. So this might be the device for those who want to have both but may have only budget for one.
LG may not put out much Android tablets in the market, but when it does, it tries to make it into something truly distinct. This new LG Tab Book model that the company has unveiled in Korea will not only be one of the biggest Android tablets you might get to see, it is also probably one of the most powerful, running on an Intel Haswell Core i5 CPU.
ASUS is expanding its product lineup in its Asian base of Taiwan with two new devices that sound and look like two existing models but, at the same time, not quite. The new PadFone S and the ZenFone 5 LTE do resemble the AT&T PadFone X and the plain ZenFone 5, but ASUS has put some twist to perhaps make them more attractive to that local market.
Right on the dot, ASUS is delivering Android 4.4 to its 2012 smartphone/tablet hybrid, the PadFone 2. But while many owners are undoubtedly grateful for the most recent Android version to a 2 year-old niche device, the update process for the PadFone 2 is a bit more involved and more destructive compared to other smartphones similarly updated to KitKat.
While the US is waiting for AT&T to finally let release the PadFone X to the market, the rest of the world might not have to wait much longer. At Computex next week, ASUS is expected to launch the PadFone S, which is practically the same PadFone X except meant for international markets.
ASUS may yet be getting another one of its PadFone hybrids inside the country. While we're still waiting for AT&T to give the green light for the PadFone X, another device was seen at the FCC, sporting some rather curious, if not disappointing, features.
AT&T has once again released a video ad that touts the benefits of the ASUS PadFone X. Unfortunately, with 4 months having passed since its unveiling, the carrier is still quite mum on when its customers will be able to avail of this device's hybrid goodness.
After a few new iterations of its PadFone line, it seems that ASUS is casting a glance on its Transformer Pad devices again. Rumored to be coming soon is a Transformer Pad TF303 and another with a model number TF103.