ASUS has been no stranger to the idea of dual-purpose devices, as evidenced by its Transformer tablets and Padfone smartphones that can power a tablet. Now ASUS has introduced a new product that is a smartphone, tablet, and laptop capable of running Android and Windows 8.
AT&T confirmed that it would sell the PadFone X at CES in early January. Other than a few periodic reminders of that announcement, the carrier never provided any clarity on its release plans. AT&T today finally confirmed a sales period for the PadFone X.
AT&T has announced that it will be the exclusive carrier of the Asus Padfone X, marking the first time that the Android smartphone-tablet convertible will be officially sold through the carrier in the US. It will also be the first 4G LTE Advanced device from the carrier.
ASUS has ignored the US market with each smartphone release, but the Taiwanese manufacturer will finally begin selling in the U.S. next year when it delivers the Padfone phone that can transform into a tablet.
ASUS PadFone line of Android phones have always been transformative devices capable of docking into special shells that run a tablet mode on a larger screen. The new ASUS PadFone Infinity does that with a huge upgrade to its screen and processor.
ASUS already has a PadFone that can be a Android phone or a tablet when connected to a smartphone accessory, but the company today announced the Fonepad, an Android tablet that's capable of making phone calls without any add-ons.
ASUS today announced its PadFone 2, an Android 4.0 device that can be a quad-core smartphone or connect to a special dock to become a quad-core tablet.
ASUS has announced plans to update both the Transformer Pad Prime (TF201) and the Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean starting today.
While companies often coyly tease their product announcements in press invitations, the Taiwanese manufacturer has made it clear that its next gathering will be to unveil the ASUS Padfone 2.
British owners of the Transformer Pad TF300 can upgrade their tablet to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean beginning today. The firmware update adds new Jelly Bean features like enhanced notifications and the Face Unlock liveness check, as well as improvements to pre-installed apps. ASUS plans to announce more supported devices soon, but Transformer Pad TF300 users can check for the update now by going to Settings > About Tablet > System firmware update > Check update.