Asus made it pretty clear some time ago that 2014 would be all about pushing deeper and more heavily into the US Smartphone market. Despite being a household name in the mobile tech world and a key player in Eastern cellphone markets, Asus Smartphones aren’t what you’d call market-leading success stories here in America.
This could all be set to change in the very near future though as Asus has confirmed that its striking and undeniably impressive PadFone X will indeed touch down in the US, as an AT&T exclusive. The PadFone X represents the first time Asus has brought a device of its kind to US shores, with prior models being made available only in Europe and Asia.
So, what is it that makes the PadFone stand out from the crowd?
Well, in the simplest terms it’s all about delivering the best of all worlds as is supposedly already by the Samsung Galaxy Note and other Phablets. Critics still argue that a 5.5-inch or 6-inch Smartphone is by rights too big and cumbersome to be called a Smartphone, though at the same time too small to be of any real use as a tablet.
Asus’ solution to the problem therefore is the PadFone – a device that is by rights a ‘true’ Smartphone and tablet PC all in one. The Smartphone can be used on its own, or docked into a larger tablet-sized display to be used as a fully-functional tablet PC.
In terms of specs and features, the Smartphone itself is one of the world’s first to debut Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 quad-core CPU, along with 2GB of RAM and a 5-inch 1080p HD touchscreen. The tablet docking station boasts a 9-inch 1920 by 1200 touchscreen, while Android 4.4 KitKat sits at the helm right out of the box. As such, both the Smartphone and the tablet PC guises of the Asus PadFone X are among the most impressive on the market right now by leaps and bounds.
Sadly, Asus stopped short of confirming the exact release date for the PadFone X or its price options, though we do now know for sure that it will be an AT&T exclusive for the time being at least.