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Asus PadFone Combines Smartphone, Tablet, Keyboard 77

crookedvulture writes "Asus is showing off a bunch of new devices at the Mobile World Congress in Spain, including a budget Transformer model and an Infinity Series graced with a 10", 1920x1200 display. In addition to the tablets, there's the novel PadFone hybrid. This Snapdragon-powered smartphone has a 4.3" screen with a generous 960x540 resolution. If you want more screen real estate, the PadFone slides into the back of a tablet docking station that offers a 10", 1280x800 display alongside an auxiliary battery. That combo can in turn be plugged into an external keyboard with a full-sized SD slot, USB port, and other perks. The only problem is those auxiliary components are thicker and heavier than Asus' standalone tablets, which offer the same functionality, sans smartphone."
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Asus PadFone Combines Smartphone, Tablet, Keyboard

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  • Re:1920x1200 laptop! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 27, 2012 @04:33PM (#39177077)

    It's not a laptop. Well, not really. It's an upgrade of the Transformer Prime with a higher resolution screen. I have the current Prime, and the docking station, and it is pretty damn close to a laptop, but there are limitations, largely because Android just wasn't designed with a touchpad in mind. I also think the higher resolution screen is a waste, there's just no justification for that kind of resolution on a 10" screen.

  • Re:Tablets (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 27, 2012 @05:04PM (#39177471)

    I travel with a Laptop an iPad and a phone. I thought the same as you would. But the iPad has replaced many things I used to travel with such as books and the need for printing things to review as well as entertainment. Waiting at a stopover, bring out tablet. The tablet is more for consuming output than work and play than for creating it. It is also now the primary way I communicate with family when travelling (Skype/Facetime). It weighs the same as the book I would normally carry to reading on a long flight. I would in fact, give up the phone in exchange for a 3G tablet.

  • 1920x1200 laptop? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by __aazsst3756 ( 1248694 ) on Monday February 27, 2012 @06:31PM (#39178653)
    Just tell me where I can find a decent 17" laptop with at least 1920x1200 display under $1200? I have been repairing an old Dell for years now with ebay parts because I have not found a suitable replacement. Sad that my phone and tablet may soon pass my laptop in dpi.

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