Last January AT&T announced that it will be carrying the upcoming Asus PadFone X and even showed a photo of the device on a Twitter post earlier this month. The company however hasn’t provided the full details yet such as pricing and date of release as its website only says that the device is coming soon. Soon may be closer than we think as the PadFone X has already been spotted at the FCC.
The Asus PadFone X is going to be the first PadFone device that Asus will officially bring to the United States. Previously, the only way to get this device was to import one from overseas which can prove to be costly. By partnering with AT&T, Asus aims to make the device more accessible to the North American market as well as use the wireless carrier’s 4G LTE network.
Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – devices over at AT&T, said that “We are committed to delivering our customers the most innovative and compelling device portfolio. The PadFone X is first of its kind in the U.S. It combines leading technology, a beautiful design and a remarkably seamless application experience – all on the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network. This allows consumers to run their smartphone apps instantly on a vivid 9-inch tablet display. The magic of it is that the experience is not just bigger, it’s better than on a traditional smartphone.”
Jonney Shih, chairman of ASUS, said that “AT&T and ASUS share a passion for innovation and we are very excited to bring the ASUS PadFone X to the U.S market. Our technology is capable of instantly turning a premium smartphone into a tablet, giving consumer the ultimate experience on both devices. Together, we look forward to bringing more choices to consumers.”
The Asus PadFone X is designed for consumers who want the portability of a smartphone as well as the large display of a tablet. Instead of getting two separate devices which can often prove to be costly, Asus is offering a single device that has the best of both worlds.
The PadFone X is a 5-inch smartphone that slide into a 9-inch tablet. In tablet mode a consumer will be able to run Android apps on a much larger display and even charge the smartphone since the tablet has its own battery pack. The tablet however does not have its own processor, memory, storage, or even wireless chip and is dependent on the smartphone to function.
AT&T won’t be charging any additional fee when accessing the 4G LTE network on the tablet since it is technically still the smartphone that is accessing the network.