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Asus launches mobile phone, which transforms into a tablet

Taiwanese computer hardware and peripheral manufacturer Asus has announced a handset that can be slotted into a tablet, on order to provide a much larger screen – with the Asus Padfone.

Asus’ Padfone was unveiled at Taipei’s Computex computer show, as a similar product to the Motorola Atrix’s lapdock, which is a dumb screen and keyboard that is turned into a laptop, when the Atrix phone is added.

Instead of offering laptop functionality, the Asus Padfone can be added to a dumb large screen from Asus, which effectively transforms the phone into a tablet.

No exact specifications have been released about the Padfone, other than the handset arrives with a 4.3-inch touch screen where the tablet extension itself has a 10.1-inch display.

Asus also made public their Eee Pad MeMO 3D at the same event, which is a standalone Android tablet device with a 7-inch multi-touch 3D screen that can display 3D images without the need for any glasses.

The Asus Padfone is reportedly due out before Christmas this year, whilst running from the Android ‘Ice cream sandwich’ operating system which has the best of the Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 and ‘Honeycomb’ 3.0 platforms in one OS.

Check out the video below from Asus, which highlights the Padfone in action.

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