ASUS PadFone Mini reportedly set to debut next week

By Alexandra Burlacu | Dec 06, 2013 10:05 AM EST

Share This Story

  • Print
  • Email

 

After unveiling its PadFone Infinity back in September, ASUS now seems to have a PadFone Mini in the works, expected to launch by the end of the year.

The company's PadFone line consists of hybrid Android devices combining tablet and phone features. ASUS is a well-established brand, but the smartphone market is highly competitive and dominated by heavyweights such as Samsung, Apple, HTC and others.

Follow us

Just a few months ago, ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih acknowledged that the company is relatively late to the smartphone market, but ASUS is poised on bringing a device to the U.S. The company is reportedly making progress I this direction. According to Shih, ASUS has been working on building relationships with various U.S. carriers and retailers, but the launch will depend on when the company actually has a smartphone ready to ship.

In a new report, the folks over at Engadget cited the Global Certification Forum, claiming that the ASUS PadFone Mini will make its debut next week in Taiwan. Shortly after, Engadget China has received an invitation from ASUS to an event set to take place in Taipei next week.

The ASUS PadFone Mini will purportedly pack a quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU under the hood and sport a 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. The company's PadFone line of hybrid devices sets itself apart by offering smartphones able to slot into a tablet dock. The purported PadFone Mini is expected to come with a mini dock as well, allowing it to provide tablet-like functionality.

The current ASUS PadFone Infinity comes with a 10-inch dock, whereas the PadFone Mini is expected to have a smaller 7-inch dock. Currently there are no details available on the PadFone Mini's pricing, launch date, final specifications, or market availability. There is a possibility that the smartphone will debut only in Asia.

With an official event set to take place next week, however, it should all become clear soon enough. We'll keep you up to date as soon as we have official confirmation that a PadFone Mini device is on its way. In the meantime, take all leaks, rumors, and speculation with a grain of salt.

 

 

Get the Most Popular Mobile&Apps Stories in a Weekly Newsletter

© 2013 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Featured Video : Ericsson Announces World-Leading Launches Ahead of Mobile World Congress 2014

Join Our Conversation

Smartphones
AT&T GoPhoneAT&T GoPhone customers get more data, new Wi-Fi hotspot option at no additional cost
iPhone 5S sale: $99.99 on-contract with AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint from Radio Shack
Siri ‘GoogolPlex’ hack adds lots of great new functionality – Here’s how and what you can do
Sony Xperia Z2 Compact leaked images reveal promising details
Tablet / Laptop / PC
Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8Dell unveils Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablets
Retina iPad Mini facing delays, may not launch until early next year
Refurbished 128GB iPad with Retina Display now available on the Apple Online Store
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition: Pricing and availability now official
Gadgets
Amazon LogoAmazon reportedly to launch ‘Firetube’ set-top box before 2013 holidays
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear India launch: Pricing and availability
Samsung Galaxy Gear Android smartwatch now up for pre-order in Canada
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 reportedly in the works already, may debut at CES or MWC 2014
OS / Software
HTC LogoHTC reportedly considering Android/Windows Phone dual-booting smartphone as Microsoft pushes for deeper Windows mobile integration
iOS 7 Chrome Incognito mode leaks private searches due to bug
Sprint HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean already rolling out, AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon to follow
Microsoft Windows 8.1 now available for pre-order
Internet / Social Media
Google DowntimeGoogle blacks out for two minutes, causes 40 percent drop in world’s Internet traffic
Xbox Music web player is live and ready for Xbox Music Pass subscribers
Facebook Android app collected phone numbers even if users never logged in
Firefox 22 brings support for web video calls, 3D gaming, and Unreal Engine 3
What's App
Chrome Remote Desktop app for AndroidChrome Remote Desktop for Android now available for free from Google Play
Adobe Lightroom mobile hits the iPad, coming soon to iPhones
Apple updates Mac iWork for iCloud suite – What’s new in Pages, Numbers and Keynote?
Microsoft launches Office for iPad, makes Office Mobile free on Android and iPhones
Copyright © 2014 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. mobilenapps