iPhone 4S Rival Alert : Asus PadFone to have MSM8960 Chipset

The Asus Padfone smartphone, which was announced back at Computex in June, has surfaced on the GLBenchmark website (via Notebook Italia).

According to the product listing, the handset wil come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 chipset, which comes with two cores clocked between 1.5GHz and 1.7GHz, 1MB L2 cache and a souped up Adreno 225 GPU, as well as a number of connectivity features (LTE and HSPA+ amongst others).

The phone will come with Android OS 2.3.5 Gingerbread and is a 4-inch smartphone with a WVGA capacitive touchscreen. What makes it different though, is the fact that it can be slotted inside a tablet chassis so that the latter can use the hardware in the phone to power it.

There will be a single storage pool and the tablet will be able to use the SIM card on the phone, meaning that you won't need to use tethering or an additional data package.

The tablet will also be able to be used to power the handset, as well as have the capacity to utilise the handset's optics to take pictures. In a way, the Padfone is an evolution of the Eee Pad Transformer concept and is similar to the Motorla Atrix hybrid device.