ASUS are no stranger to innovating and bringing exciting new products, the ASUS EEE Transformer is one such example.
However at Computex that kicked off yesterday in Taiwan, ASUS announced something quite special, the Padfone.
Essentially a fully featured 4.3”Android smartphone and a 10.1” display that operates like a tablet PC only works when the smartphone is docked into the internal docking station on the tablet.
This is based on the concept of “n+1”, which refers to taking a current product and adding a single change that allows the product to evolve beyond its current capability.
This all links into the concept of many homes being a 3 screen (smartphone, tablet and PC).
However the Padfone is different in that is is not independent to the smartphone, it needs it to be functional. Much like the Motorola Atrix and its optional lap dock, ASUS have taken this concept down a slightly different route.
The Atrix solution is one that works, but has yet to be truly proven in terms of adoption and integration into peoples everyday life.
We are not sure how popular this will be, we think it needs a detachable keyboard to offer the greatest flexibility and chance of adoption ad without it, it does not necessarily fill the needs of the wider audience.
Of course there is the issue around battery life and such like too, but none the less the concept is a good one.
Why not understand and see the concept in action by watching the following videos: