As expected, today Asus has officially introduced the Padfone Mini, which is the smallest member of the Padfone family.
The new device runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and combines a 4.3 inch smartphone (qHD display) with a 7 inch (1280 x 800) tablet dock. The smartphone features dual SIM capabilities, a quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, MicroSD card support, 8MP rear camera with Hi-Light Mode (for shooting in dark environments), and a 1,500 mAh battery. The tablet dock comes with a 2,200 mAh battery, which can be used to charge the smartphone when needed.
According to FocusTaiwan, Asus hopes to “sell 100,000 Padfone Minis in Taiwan during its nine-month life cycle.” The device will cost around $400 there.
Focus Taiwan also mentions that the new Padfone will be released in the US, Europe and other Asian markets. It may be launched in China, too, as Asus is “evaluating the best timing to sell it” there.
An official promo video of the Padfone Mini is embedded below:
Engadget has talked to Asus CEO Jerry Shen, who said that they’re working with a “big operator” in the US to introduce a high-end Padfone there sometime in Q2 2014. That big carrier is probably Verizon or AT&T – although this hasn’t been confirmed yet.