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article imageAsus PadFone X available on AT&T in US from next month

By James Walker     May 28, 2014 in Technology
The PadFone X convertible smartphone and tablet hybrid device from Asus will finally start retailing in the US from next month.
Pre-orders will be taken from the 6th of June — nearly five months since AT&T first announced they would be selling the device at CES in January.
The device comprises a 5-inch Full HD, standalone smartphone that can be inserted into a specially-designed supplied docking station that effectively turns the handset into a 9-inch Android-powered tablet computer. The device has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor running at 2.3GHz , 2GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel camera.
The device will cost $199.99 from AT&T on a new contract. No other US networks currently sell the device and the PadFone range in general hasn't really hit the American market in the past. The range has seen some success in Asia and Europe over the past few years.
It is certainly a convenient, albeit unusual, concept for many though. AT&T will only charge you one data plan for what are effectively two separate devices as they only need one SIM card and all connectivity is done through the phone. The docking station that makes the phone a tablet is effectively an external screen for the handset.
When you have to leave your home, simply eject your phone from your tablet and continue where you left off. An added bonus is that the phone's already large 2300mAh battery is extended to a huge 4,900mAh when in tablet form as the dock contains another large auxiliary power unit.
Whether the device will be a success or not in the US remains to be seen. The tablet's form factor isn't really all that slimline with the phone connected which could put off some potential buyers but if you want a phone and tablet, especially if you think you can only afford one device, then the Asus PadFone X could be the option for you.
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