Asus details PadFone Mini launch event

Asus is set to add a new version of its PadFone Mini smartphone/tablet hybrid into its successful line of Android devices with an event to take place next week.

The PadFone Mini will be announced at an Asus launch event in Taipei on 11 December and a 7in tablet dock that the smartphone will fit into will be unveiled at the same event, according to an invite sent to Engadget.

Its expected the PadFone Mini will have a 4.3in screen with a 960 x 540 screen resolution that has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor and runs the Google Android 4.3.

The Global Certification Forum [GCF] forum listing where the device was originally found shows that it will only have 3G connectivity, which will be a blow to any consumers hoping that it will produce a 4G version.

The tablet dock is rumoured to be 7in with a listing at Taiwan’s NCC also showing that it could even big bigger than that and reach as much as 10in. Release date and price details are likely to be unveiled at the same time as the device at the 11 December event.

The smaller PadFone Mini will complement the Padfone Infinity that was launched by Asus at the Mobile World Congress [MWC] in Barcelona in February. That phone has a larger 5in Full HD display that clamps into a 10.1in tablet and the PadFone Mini’s addition will give customers a range options when choosing one of the smartphone/tablet hybrid devices.

In terms of other specifications, the PadFone Infinity has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. The display is encased in Corning Gorilla Glass and there is a 13-megapixel rear camera as well as a 2-megapixel one on the front and it benefits from 4G LTE connectivity.

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