Computex: Asus To Launch Padfone Smartphone & Tablet

Pictures of the Padfone, one of the four devices set to be announced later at Computex by Asus during a press conference, have emerged online.

Pocketnow has published the exclusive pictures on its website, hours after Asus published the last teaser for its forthcoming products on its Facebook product page here.

The teaser reads "Pad or Phone? How about both?". The Padfone, says Pocketnow, will merge a tablet and a smartphone. More specifically, the phone will dock into a tablet.

The tablet, which carries the "asusdesign" stamp, will be available both in copper and in black and will take over the smartphone's hardware - including the camera - once docked, not unlike what Motorola did with its Lapdock station for the Atrix 4G.

We're not sure whether the smartphone will be a new one although Pocketnow mentions Garmin as the hardware partner.

From the photos published by the site, one can see a rather thick bezel, USB port, a front facing camera as well as a proprietary connector.

We also expect the smartphone to be powered by the same Nvidia Tegra 2 that equips the Transformer, 1GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB onboard storage, Wi-Fi, optional 3G and an HDMI port.

The Asus Padfone will be pitched against the company's own Eee Pad Transformer which costs around £450 and comes with that distinctive keyboard docking station.