Asus Padfone Mini is both a compact smartphone and a 7 inch tablet in one


Asus Padfone Mini

It offers the best of both worlds, but when will the Padfone Mini hit the UK?


The whole world and his dog knew it was coming, but Asus have now officially unveiled the Asus Padfone Mini. As the name suggests it's a smaller version of the Asus Padfone, which removes the need to buy both a smartphone and a tablet by combining both into one device.


Asus's Padfone Mini is a 4.3 inch smartphone that also comes with a 7 inch tablet dock. With the former having a display running at a 960 x 540 resolution and the latter sporting a slightly higher 1280 x 800 pixel resolution display.


When it comes to specification the Padfone Mini is a distinctively mid-range device with a quad-core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard memory. You can snap away with its 8 mega-pixel facing camera and take 'selfies' with the front-facing 2 mega-pixel snapper.


Connectivity options include dual-SIM support, WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth and a microSD slot. The smartphone comes pre-loaded with Android Jelly Bean, has dimensions of 129.3 x 65.6 x 8.7mm and weights just 105g.


Battery life is provided by the 1500 mAH battery, but importantly the tablet dock has its own 2,200 mAH battery. When both devices are combined the gross weight comes in at 310g - which isn't too shabby at all.


Initially, the Asus Padfone Mini will be available in Asus's native Taiwan where it's priced at the equivalent of £250. They've also confirmed that it'll be available in China, Russia, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong.


But what about the UK launch? No news yet, but as soon as we hear more we'll let you know.


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By Simon Thomas on 12th December, 2013

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