Asus PadFone official

Smartphone and tablet hybrid revealed in Taiwan

Asus uses Computex show to unleash next-gen iPad-battler.

Asus has used its press conference at the annual Computex show in Taiwan to reveal a new tablet concept, dubbed the Asus PadFone. The tablet/smartphone hybrid allows you to slip your cell into the back of a specially designed slate, transforming it from a regular phone into a full-on Android tab.

The PadFone's smartphone clocks in at 4.3-inches. While final specs are yet to be revealed, Asus has intimated it'll come running Android Ice Cream Sandwich when it lands at the end of this year. The latest version of Google's mobile OS is set to work seamlessly across phones and tablets, so the 10.1-inch slate section will also pack in Ice Cream Sandwich.

Sadly, you can't run the PadFone as a tablet without having the phone docked round the back. That said, this is a concept we're definitely excited to see hit shelves.

What do you think of the Asus PadFone? A smart idea or a gimmicky attempt to steal the iPad's thunder? Let us know what you think on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Link: Engadget

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