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June 06, 2014

ASUS PadFone S hands-on, first impressions

Earlier this week, ASUS announced the PadFone S – a smartphone – tablet combo that features a 5-inch HD display for the phone, 8.9-inch FHD display for the tablet, LTE connectivity, and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset. Find out what we think of the device by reading our hands-on below.

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The smartphone part is the heart of the whole system. It packs a 5-inch LED backlight IPS panel with HD resolution or equal to 294ppi, 16GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, a 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 2 megapixel front-facing, and LTE connectivity.

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Powering the device is a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, 2,300mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat.

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The PadFone station, on the other hand, sports an 8.9-inch FHD IPS display or equal to 248ppi, a 1 megapixel front camera, and has the capability to charge the smartphone with its 4,990mAh battery.

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On hand, the whole package feels chunky and slightly hefty, which is expected since you have a two-in-one device. The tablet features two front-facing speakers found on the left and right side which kind of reminds us of the design of the Nexus 10.

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As for the PadFone, it is light and feels nice in the hands. It’s not one of the slimmest but it is comfortable to hold. Like the tablet, it features a plastic body with a matte finish and comes in black or white colors.

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ASUS PadFone S specs:
5-inch LED backlight Panel + IPS LCD @ 720×1280 pixels, 400 nits (phone)
8.9-inch IPS LCD @ 1080×1920 pixels (tablet)
2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core CPU
Adreno 330 Graphics
2GB RAM
16GB eMMC internal storage
microSD card slot
LTE 150Mbps/50Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS with aGPS support
Android 4.4 Kitkat
2,300mAh battery (phone)
4,990mAh battery (tablet)
150 grams (phone), 514 grams (tablet)

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3 Responses to “ASUS PadFone S hands-on, first impressions”

  1. meh says:

    I just don’t see this as a winning idea. You end up with a tablet that can only be used in combo with your phone. Making both bulky

  2. Justin says:

    Price?

  3. iScream says:

    Is this going to be released in the Philippines? If so, when and how much will the estimated price be?

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