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.
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.
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.
If it weren’t for the OnePlus One I’d definitely buy this
I was excited when it was First announced, but they took waay to long to release it.
I dunno if I want it anymore.
I want to see it in person but this seems like a definite potential upgrade over my current Nexus 5 + 7 combo.
Compatibility with T-Mobile LTE? NO?…. I’ll let myself out.
why not just put a phone radio in a tablet with bluetooth and make a true phablet?
because 9″ is too big for a phablet?
The phone is 200 on contract….. Why not mention how over priced the docking pad portion is gonna be
$200 is phone + dock.
Dude I don’t believe that for a second
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!