Those teaser shots we’ve been seeing for a week or so now really make sense, with the Asus PadPhone officially announced today during Computex 2011. The PadPhone is actually more of a conceptual contraption, but it definitely sounds worth looking into. It will be a 4.3″ smartphone that can dock into a companion 10.1″ 1280×800 tablet. The tablet will have a seperate battery which can charge the smartphone while it is docked, and the smartphone’s 3G band will allow that tablet to have data even where there is no WiFi. The best way you can think of this is almost like the Atrix 4G and it’s laptop dock, but instead of a laptop dock you have a tablet dock.
The company promises seamless transitions when switching from phone to tablet (or vice-versa), as in whatever you are looking at on your phone will automatically be fitted perfectly on your tablet. If you get a phone call and your phone is docked to the tablet, you can either remove the phone or use a bluetooth headset to answer the call. Everything else is assumptions right now, but it sounds like this one will need to be running Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich OS, as switching between two different version’s would probably be impossible. Also, we’re hoping for something in the Kal-El processor speed to make this thing even more appealing.
At the moment Asus has set a tentative release for Q4 of 2011, which fits nicely with our assumptions on some of the software. Of course this means that if Ice Cream Sandwich is delayed, we’ll probably need to wait longer for this. Pricing also hasn’t been figured out yet. I’m thinking that this will be something like with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer though, where you can buy the tablet dock seperately. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this as it gets closer to the holidays.