Is the “Padfone” Tablet a Technological Contender?

asus padfone model

Asus on Monday officially unveiled its tablet/phone hybrid device, the Padfone, at Computex in Taiwan.

The Padfone is a 10.1-inch tablet that docks with a 4.3-inch phone on the back, allowing you to transfer your activity between the two devices.

It’s a lot like Motorola’s (NYSE:MMI) webtop dock concept with the Motorola Atrix, except you dock your phone with a tablet instead of laptop. But unlike the Atrix, both the tablet and phone are fully functional when not linked together.

Our snap reaction is the Padfone will suffer the same setback as the Atrix. Both the tablet and phone sound promising separately, but it’s highly unlikely people will want to splurge on both in order to unlock the full functionality. It’s a dud in the making.

There’s not much detail beyond that though. Pricing, release date, and Android (NASDAQ:GOOG) versions are still up in the air.

In the meantime, check out some photos of the Padfone at the link below.

The phone docks in this hatch on the back of the tablet

The phone docks in this hatch on the back of the tablet

Image: Asus

We assume the tablet will run Android Honeycomb while the phone runs Gingerbread

We assume the tablet will run Android Honeycomb while the phone runs Gingerbread

Image: Asus

The tablet has a 10.1-inch touchscreen

The tablet has a 10.1-inch touchscreen

Image: Asus

It looks like the tablet will use the phone’s camera to take photos.

It looks like the tablet will use the phone's camera to take photos.

Image: Asus

The phone is a 4.3-inch Android-powered device

The phone is a 4.3-inch Android-powered device

Image: Asus

The back has a slick, rounded look

The back has a slick, rounded look

Image: Asus

Asus says you can start working on one device and continue on another. Both will share the phone’s 3G data connection

Asus says you can start working on one device and continue on another. Both will share the phone's 3G data connection

Image: Asus

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