As expected, Asus has officially launched its new iteration of the PadFone, named Asus PadFone mini. Asus PadFone mini was announced after several leaks and rumors, making all the rumors and leaks true. The smartphone with mini tablet dock, if you feel like the Asus PadFone is too big or too expensive, PadFone mini might be the best for you and your pocket. The hybrid device now features a dual-SIM capability inside and you don’t have to carry with two smartphones to use two networks.
In terms of specs for the smartphone, the PadFone mini is a mid-end device with pretty neat features inside that should be pretty enough to get your work done and for multitasking. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 400 MSM8226 chipset coupled with 4x Cortex-A7 1.4GHz processor and a 1 GB RAM. The smartphone sports a 4.3″ Super IPS display with qHD resolution and 256 ppi density.
On the back has a 8MP camera and a secondary camera of 2 megapixel on the front for video call purpose. The camera features a BSI sensor and can capture images at 16fps. The device will be offered with 16 GB of internal memory which can be further expanded up to 64 GB via microSD card slot.
For connectivity, the device has WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS. On the software side, the device will be running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, unfortunately not the KitKat, but may get the update soon.
Powering all these features in side the device is a relatively small 1,500mAh battery. The device measures pretty light at 129.3 x 65.6 x 8.7mm and weighs in 105 grams.
Without the dock, PadFone mini makes no difference from other smartphones out there and even the name suggests it is a hybrid thing. The dock has a 7 inch Super IPS display with 1,280 x 800 resolution and 216ppi. If you are no so satisfied with the battery inside the phone, the tablet dock doubles it with a 2,200mAh battery. The PadFone tablet measures a 199.9 x 119.5 x 11.8 mm and weighs at 310g. Tablet With the phone docked, it will be total of 415g. The device will be available in three colors which include Black, White and Cherry.
Eager to know when it will be available?. Well, The device is expected to be released soon in Taiwan, China, Russia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore. And the price for the device is NTD 11,900 that is about $405/€295. Taiwan Mobile will be offering the device on two-year contract for a price of NTD 9,900.