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CES 2014: Asus Padfone mini is a 4-inch phone and 7-inch tablet in one

         

CES 2014: Asus Padfone mini is a 4-inch phone and 7-inch tablet in one

ASUS certain does love its removable hybrids, does not it? This time, for CES 2014, the seller has pulled the curtain again on the Padfone mini. Is it a hybrid tablet or a hybrid sensiblephone? It can be each.

Extra namely, the Padfone mini is a zero.forty four-inch skinny, Android four.three Jelly Bean (with KitKat on the way in which) handset with a four-inch, 800 x 480 IPS+ LED contact monitor. When you are within the temper for an Android tablet, then which you can position the phone into the again of a tablet station rocking a 1280 x 800 IPS+ LED contact panel.

A 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2650 chip powers the four.09-ounce Padfone mini – and via extension its tablet dock – with some lend a hand from 1GB of RAM. As for storage, the phone is restricted to a mere 8GB onboard, however that is expandable by way of as much as 64GB by means of microSD card.

Powering all this, plus the phone’s 8MP (with f/2.zero aperture and bottom illumination) and 2MP shooters, is an 1170mAh battery. The tablet dock will get its very personal juice to the tune of 2100mAh – each are non-detachable polymer batteries.

Bummer alert: Whereas the Padfone mini helps twin SIMs (ideally one for information and the opposite for phone), there isn’t a LTE to be discovered – simply 4G HSPA+. However ASUS hopes to make up for that with its model new ZenUI for Android.

Which is so Zen, man

Unique to ASUS Android devices, ZenUI is a customized Android pores and skin that’s stated to supply simplified icons and menus. Additionally on provide are different coloration issues to compare the shell of your PadFone (which is available in black, white, pink, blue and yellow).

Extra vital are options like What’s Subsequent and enhancements ASUS has made to current Android apps and instruments. What’s Subsequent items customers with experience knowledge and extra to assist maintain busy customers heading in the right direction. As for enhancements, ASUS concerned about electronic mail, net searching and picture sharing.

First up is electronic mail: Now, customers can learn messages via thread to maintain higher observe of conversations. For the online browser, ASUS brought a Good Reader Mode that adjusts history tone make it more uncomplicated on the eyes. Eventually, ASUS Collage is alleged to permit customers to create photograph tales to share with pals. (Instagram, any individual?)

The PadFone mini will value $249 (about £151, AU$277), however ASUS has but to say availability. We are going to attempt to clear that up after we get our fingers on this bizarre little bugger on the CES 2014 convey ground.

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