At MWC 2013, the Taiwanese manufacturer Asus launched two intriguing devices: The Padfone Infinity and the Fonepad that blur phone and tablet form factor.
You probably are familiar with the Padfone, a piggy back form factor of a normal size smartphone to a 10” tablet. The smartphone features an IPS 5” display with better-than-retina 441 PPI. The .25” thick body allows to dock nicely to its tablet without much bulge. The phone is powered by a 1.7 GHz Snapdragon CPUrunning Android 4.2. 13MP and 2MP cameras are on board.
The tablet features a 10” screen capable of 1080p video. In dock mode, the screen will show additional tab covering tablet-only apps. The Padfone Infinity will cost $1,200.
The Fonepad is a 7” phablet equipped with a 1280 x 800 resolution screen. The device weights 340 grams and measured 10.4mm. With 3G radio built-in, the device can delivered normal connected tablet functionalities in addition to normal phone calling capability.
The device blurs the line between a tablet and a smartphone and is targeting users who desire carry around one device. The Fonepad offers a respectable 9 hours of normal usage. The device will be on the market starting March for $250 for the 8GB model and $290 for the 16GB model.