The world of “mini” gadgets is certainly booming, with anyone that’s someone in the biz already making efforts to snatch the gold medal in this newly created race or still working the kinks of their inaugural contenders.
Oh, and let’s not forget about ZTE’s Nubia Z5 mini, albeit chances are the little fellow will remain an Asian exclusive for the rest of its life. As for what’s looming on the horizon, the Asus PadFone Mini is by far the most intriguing device of this kind to be prepped for a commercial launch in time for the holidays.
And as the clock ticks and the deadline nears, Asus is getting closer and closer to a formal intro. First, the Taiwanese tested the diminutive hybrid’s GPU performance through GFX Bench and a few days ago they nabbed regulatory approvals from NCC, the local equivalent of the notorious American FCC.
Just like with stateside certifications, the regulative docs on hand don’t supply a lot of covert intel in regards to the gizmo’s specs and features. However, there is an intriguing little nugget of information thrown in there for good measure, namely the weight of the smartphone/pad combo: 486 grams.
Since the most recent PadFone family member, dubbed Infinity 2, tips the scales at 532 grams with a 10.1-inch screen, the chances of the Mini rocking a 7-inch panel when used as a slate appear microscopic. Instead, we’re probably looking at a PadFone Station mini with an 8-inch or higher diagonal.
The phone part of the hybrid should still come in at 4.3-inch max (likely 4 inches) and boast 960 x 540 pixels resolution, with a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU humming beneath the hood, accompanied by an Adreno 305 GPU and 1 GB RAM.
On the software side of things, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean looks like a near guarantee, although if the PadFone mini doesn’t land by Christmas after all we wouldn’t rule out the fellow running 4.4 KitKat out the box in the end.
Sounds fairly encouraging, but as usual I urge you to wait for official pricing details, as well as official info on everything else, before getting overly psyched. Remember, we’re talking about a line of gadgets that’s always looked awesome on paper, but that’s proved a very tough sale in reality.