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ASUS announces PadFone mini: A 4-inch smartphone that slots into a 7-inch tablet!

ASUS PadFone mini

ASUS recently announced the PadFone mini, an elegant 4-inch smartphone that transforms effortlessly into a 7-inch tablet. This latest addition to the hugely popular ASUS PadFone family is powered by an Intel Atom Z2560 processor, has 8GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot that enables storage to be upgraded by up to 64GB. More about the ASUS PadFone mini after the jump.

PadFone mini is the first device to bring together the convenience of a 4-inch smartphone with the power and versatility of a 7-inch handheld tablet that fits comfortably with just one hand. PadFone mini saves the hassle of having to carry two separated devices and is much lighter than many other smartphone-and-tablet combinations. PadFone mini even supports dual SIMs for superb connectivity, so users have the freedom to maintain two distinct phone numbers, or separate data and phone lines, without requiring two handsets.

Both the 4-inch and 7-inch displays use IPS+ (in-plane switching) technology for fantastically clear and sharp images that offer great viewing angles. To ensure a seamless experience when switching between smartphone and tablet modes, PadFone mini’s exclusive DynamicDisplay technology ensures apps are instantly resized for the appropriate screen size.

PadFone mini’s main camera couples an 8MP Sony BSI (backside-illumination) sensor and wide-aperture f/2.0 five-element lens with exclusive ASUS PixelMaster technology to capture digital photographs that more than match those by many dedicated digital cameras. PadFone mini also comes with a 2MP front-facing camera for high quality photos and video chat sessions.

ASUS engineers managed to equip the super slim PadFone mini with a total battery capacity of 3270mAh (Phone: 1,170mAh + Station: 2,100mAh) — for extended talk and tablet time. The tablet even charges the PadFone mini smartphone when docked, virtually eliminating worries about finding a power outlet during the day.

ASUS PadFone mini Specifications
Dual SIM / Dual Standby (Micro SIM)
4-inch WVGA (800x480) IPS+ display, 233ppi (Phone)
7-inch WXGA (1280x800) IPS+ display, 216ppi (Station)
1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor
Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) with ASUS ZenUI
1GB of RAM
8GB of internal storage
microSD support up to 64GB
8MP autofocus camera (No LED flash)
2MP front-facing camera
Bluetooth V 4.0 ( EDR + A2DP )
microUSB 2.0 / 3.5mm audio jack
DC-HSPA+ (DL/UL): 42/5.76 Mbps
Quad-band GSM/3G Connectivity
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n / WiFi-Direct
Li-Pol 1,170mAh battery (Phone)
Li-Pol 2,100mAh battery (Station)
Colors: Black / White / Red / Blue / Yellow

Note: Pricing and availability of the ASUS PadFone mini is not yet available at this moment.

Source: ASUS

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