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Exclusive: ECS Shows Padfone-like Tablet For iPhone 5 At Computex

ECS is toying with a product that resembles the Asus PadFone, in a nutshell, a tablet that becomes a docking station for your smartphone just by slotting it in at the back.

We spoke earlier today to Jaryson Wu, project manager at ICE Computer, ECS' partner for the project and he presented us with a mock, non-working prototype.

While availability and pricing were unknown at the time of writing, he hinted that the tablet will come in at around $200 or less, should be released in Q3 and will be available from telco providers.

While the Padfone works only with Asus' own smartphone, the ECS model will be open to other models and the one we played with was physically compatible with the Apple iPhone 4 (see below).

Wu reckons that the accessory will appeal to users because it doesn't require them to ditch their existing handsets and will be compatible with future models using what Wu described as "simple upgrades". The tablet will work across platforms; Windows Phone, Android & iOS which should include the iPhone 5.

Physically, the tablet is tapered from left to right and fitting the phone itself is a doddle. It has a 9.7-inch capacitive touchscreen with what appears to be a 4:3 screen ratio, just like the Apple iPad.

This could cause some issues though as the iPhone screen has a 3:2 screen ratio, which means that scaling the tablet can only be possible by adding black borders on both sides. It also has a front facing camera, an HDMI port, an SD card slot and two USB ports.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.