iPad 2 Rival Alert : Asus Padfone Video Goes Live

A video of the Padfone, Asus' hybrid smartphone-with-a-docking-station-tablet, has been placed online weeks before its official launch at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The device, which is, in a nutshell, a smartphone that can be housed in a tablet docking station, was first previewed at Computex in Taiwan back in June 2011.

The Padfone will be officially launched on the 27th of February and we will bring some hands on pictures of the device as soon as we get hold of it.

Expect it to come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, either a quad core Tegra 3 system on chip from Nvidia or a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 model.

Asus will push the Padfone as a device that merges the smartphone and tablet. It allows users to switch between the pad and the tablet with the phone's resources being taken over by the tablet when docked,

The camera, power resource, 3G connection and the onboard storage space are shared between the phone and the tablet (ed : you can read our coverage of the Asus Padfone smartphone/tablet here).

Given how lukewarm consumers welcomed the Motorola Laptop dock, where the Atrix is docked onto a screen with keyboard and a battery, we suspect that users won't warm to the Padfone.