The Asus Padfone Mini: a 4-inch Smartphone and 7-inch Tablet All-In-One

Asus is coming back with another detachable hybrid. The company has announced their brand new Padfone Mini, a tablet AND a smartphone all in one.

The smartphone portion of the Padfone Mini runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, soon to be upgraded to KitKat. It is 0.44 inches thin, has a 4 inch 800 x 480 IPS + LED touch screen, an 8MP camera with f/2.0 aperture and backside illumination and a 2MP camera for the front too. Now, let’s say you don’t want to surf the web on your phone. All you have to do is place your phone into the back of the tablet station, and you instantly have a 3G tablet with a 1280 x 800 IPS + LED touch screen.

The Padfone Mini is powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2650 chip. The chip also powers the tablet, which also has 1GB of RAM. The smartphone only has 8GB of internal storage, but it has a microSD slot so you can upgrade to up to 64GB of storage space.

The phone has a 1170mAh battery, which doesn’t power the tablet, so you don’t have to worry about draining it. The tablet has it’s own source of power, a non removable 2100mAh polymer battery.

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Now, there is no LTE for this phone. But Asus plans on making up for it with their new ZenUI for Android. It is basically a custom Android skin with simplified and smoother looking icons. You can set different themes for different colors to match the shell of your phone or the case that you choose to use with the phone.

Asus has also made some changes and enhancements to existing Android apps and tools. The “What’s Next” feature is a new tool used to help keep your busy schedule on track. Other improvements including a new email setup that allows you to read through emails by thread making it easier to keep track of conversations, and also a new “reader mode” that lets you change the background of the phone to simulate paper, which is much easier on the eyes.

The Padfone Mini will retail for $249, but there is no word on availability yet.

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