It’s finally happening: AT&T’s ASUS Padfone X pre-orders open up next week

ASUS Padfone X ATT

Is it a phone, or is it a tablet? Those are just a few of the questions most consumers will be asking themselves after taking a look at AT&T’s upcoming ASUS Padfone X. The phone smartphone/tablet hybrid has been stuck in what can only be described as limbo for ages now. We actually got our first hands-on with the device during our Mobile Word Congress coverage back in February of 2013.

Since then, the phone portion of the Padfone has received a slight hardware revision, dropping the brushed aluminum in favor of what appears to be a soft touch backing, while also upgrading that Snapdragon 600 to a more updated 800 chipset. The tablet portion features a 9-inch 1080p IPS display and can actually charge the phone while it’s being docked, making it perfect for passing it off to the kiddies for a quick gaming sessions in the car.

The real news is that AT&T is finally ready to discuss pricing and availability with pre-orders opening up next Friday, June 6th. The ASUS Padfone X will be sold for $200 on-contract, or can be upgraded via the Next program for between $20 – $30 a month. With a 13MP camera, micro SD card slot, and running on Android 4.4 KitKat, the Padfone X has aged rather gracefully. Check out AT&T’s quick overview video below for more deets.

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  • http://lpcopywriter.com Paul Gannon

    I might have been excited about this a year ago. That said, I hope it does well, so more resources are invested in a worthy follow up product or competitor.

  • KOLIO

    BEZELICIOUS on that tablet. ;-)

    Still wish it was available on T-Mobile…….

    The one thing AT&T has on the other three carriers is their selection of devices.
    YMMV on coverage, but, they’re excellent in my area,however,T-MO is a better overall value w/a very capable network in the same area, again, YMMV.

  • james macy

    If it weren’t for the OnePlus One I’d definitely buy this

  • Aslan Bollin

    I was excited when it was First announced, but they took waay to long to release it.
    I dunno if I want it anymore.

  • TheRealBBOX

    I want to see it in person but this seems like a definite potential upgrade over my current Nexus 5 + 7 combo.

  • steveb944

    Compatibility with T-Mobile LTE? NO?…. I’ll let myself out.

  • MIKEEEEE

    why not just put a phone radio in a tablet with bluetooth and make a true phablet?

    • Tony Lai

      because 9″ is too big for a phablet?

  • DDroid45

    The phone is 200 on contract….. Why not mention how over priced the docking pad portion is gonna be

    • Tony Lai

      $200 is phone + dock.

      • DDroid45

        Dude I don’t believe that for a second

  • Tony Lai

    I thought it has always been announced with a snapdragon 800, rather than a last minute upgrade from the 600. $200 on contract is the phone + the tablet, which makes it a little better deal than just the phone by itself.
    I am kinda bummed out that they don’t use aluminum backing anymore.
    Oh well, G3 here I come!