Asus is well-known among the Android circuit for their popular Transformer tablets, but we’d argue none of their previous products truly lived up to that brand name. Enter the Asus Padfone (smartphone), PadFone Station (10-inch tablet shell) and PadFone Station Dock (attachable keyboard) – a trio of devices and accessories that take transforming gadgets to the next level.
The PadFone features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera, and it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The PadFone can be docked into a tablet shell with a 10.1-inch 1280×800 multitouch display, powerful speakers and five times the battery capacity. The PadFone Station Dock essentially turns that tablet rig into an Android-powered notebook.
It’s hard to believe it’s been about a year since Asus initially announced the PadFone concept to the world. If you’re in Taiwan, you can finally grab the the entire package for 11,900NT ($405) with a $30 monthly unlimited data plan. The smartphone by itself costs 4900NT ($165). Check out the unboxing video from NetbookNews’ Nicole Scott below.