We continue to remember the legendary mobiles, having saved from oblivion devices such as the HTC ChaChaCha, the Motorola Flipout or the Sony Tablet P. In this section, we have recalled very particular mobiles, although not so unique. than the ASUS Padfone, capable of transforms into mobile, tablet and laptop.

Over the years ASUS has released around 12 models of its Padfone, although we will focus on the first of 2012. It’s a relatively normal mobile on its own, although it changes drastically when used with its official accessories.

ASUS Padfone technical specifications

ASUS Padfone


AMOLED 4,3 “
540 x 960

Dimensions and weight

128 x 65,4 x 9,2 mm
129 g.


Snapdragon S4 Plus


1 Go

Storage room

16/32/64 Go

Front camera


Rear camera

8 MP


1520 mAh amovible

Operating system

Android 4.0


Wi-Fi b / g / n
Micro USB


Compatible with Padfone Station, docking station for keyboard and stylus

Starting price

700 euros

From a technical standpoint, the ASUS Padfone is not too different from other Android phones of its time. Launched in 2012, it was a compact mobile by today’s standards, with 4.3 inch AMOLED display and a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, 1 GB of RAM and, yes, enough internal storage, as it reaches up to 64 GB (also expandable via microSD).

Inside there was a Snapdragon S4 Plus processor (quad-core 1.5 GHz), a modest 1520 mAh battery, removable as was common at the time, and an 8-megapixel main camera on the rear and VGA on the front.

The connector to connect the phone to its accessories

In the technical section, the ASUS Padfone was another mobile of the lot, if not for the special connectors on the side who anticipated that this mobile was hiding a secret: the possibility of becoming a tablet or laptop without the need for folding screens or inventions, but rather in the Megazord style of the Power Rangers.

What was special?


A simple glance at the images of the ASUS Padfone clearly shows that this mobile was out of the ordinary. As we mentioned before, the phone itself behaved like a mobile of its time, with Android 4.0 and adequate power, although its main asset was being able to change formats after introducing it in its flagship accessory. : the Padfone station.

Padfone Station is something like an empty tablet inside, or almost empty: it had a Screen 10.1 inches with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and a 6600 mAh battery, as well as a hatch to place the ASUS Padfone.

When you place the ASUS Padfone on the Padfone Station, transformed into a 10 inch tablet with additional autonomy always appreciated. If you wanted to use the phone again later, you just had to remove it from its hatch.


However, the transformation was not complete until another accessory was attached: the keyboard. In this way, the original simple and compact phone became a kind of simple laptop, with its full keyboard. Of course we are talking about Android 4.0 and 1.5GHz quad-core processor, so forget about the latest multitasking productivity improvements in Android and we had slower performance than when using mobile in phone mode.

Is there such a thing today?

The original ASUS Padfone was launched in 2012, and in the following years there was a veritable explosion of variants and models. We had a Padfone 2, a Padfone X, several Mini and other Infinity variants, but the dream of cellphones capable of changing format died in 2014. Since then, there have been no new ASUS Padfones.

Padfonex The ASUS Padfone X from 2014

There haven’t been any Padfones for six years, although interest in a device that changes format it is still there, in two variants: on the one hand, on foldable mobiles like the Samsung Galaxy Fold; on the other, in PC mode of certain terminals such as the Samsung Dex.

In folding mobiles Like the Samsung Galaxy Fold or the Huawei Mate X, we have a phone that can be folded out to increase the screen size and become almost a tablet. It has the advantage of not needing an additional accessory, although the disadvantage that when in “mobile” mode, it is not a normal mobile like the ASUS Padfone was, for the better or worse.

Samsungdex Samsung Dex on a Samsung Galaxy S8

Mode PC available on some Samsung, Huawei and mobile phones is another solution to turn the mobile into another device, especially a PC. It’s more of a software solution than a hardware solution, although it’s a good starting point to pave the way for the transformative mobiles of the future and make your conversion to a notebook more fluid and productive than ever.

In our review of the original ASUS Padfone, we described it as a phone of the future. That future has already arrived and Android is better prepared than ever for this kind of transformation, but as of yet, no one has dared to create a mobile system with transformable accessories. We will have to wait for a future future.

Source: Frandroid

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