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.