Asus did not unveil just the Asus Transformer Book Duet, the three ZenPhones and the PadFone X at its CES 2014 event, as the company also announced the PadFone Mini, a smaller smartphone-tablet combination that we’ve seen in the past.
We’re looking at a 4-inch Android handset that docks into a 7-inch enclosure to become a 7-inch tablet, a setup that mobile device buyers looking for smaller devices may certainly appreciate.
Specs and features
Unfortunately, don’t expect high-end features from the Asus PadFone Mini, as this isn’t a flagship device, especially by 2013/2014 standards. Here’s what you can expect from it in terms of specs and features:
Size: 124.42 x 61.44 x 6.3-11.2 mm (smartphone mode) / 199.85 x 119.43 x 13.91 mm (tablet mode)
Weight: 116g / 260 g
4-inch display with 800 x 480 resolution (smartphone mode)
7-inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution (tablet mode)
1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor
1GB of RAM
8GB of storage
microSD support up to 64GB
8-megapixel Sony camera with BSI, wide-aperture f/2.0 and five-element lense
2-megapixel front-facing camera
dual SIM support
802.11 b/g/n support
1170mAh / 3270mAh battery depending of mode
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (upgradeable to KitKat) with Asus Zen UI on top
Asus Dynamic Display technology that automatically resizes apps to fit the appropriate screen size
Pricing and release date
Pricing details for the Asus PadFone Mini aren’t available at this time – we’ll be back with more details for you as soon as we have them - although we expect the device to be fairly affordable, no matter what market it would be launched in.