iPhone 4S Rival Alert : Asus Padfone Now Official

Asus has finally unveiled the PadFone handset with its dedicated station and station dock.

The phone is the first Asus handset for nearly three years as far as we remember and the company went for the high end rather than settle for a mid-range model

The PadFone is powered by a dual core S4 processor - the MSM8960 - clocked at "up to 1.5GHz" and with an Adreno 225 GPU.

It also features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display with Gorilla Glass and a HCLR film which is a polarizer layer.

The rest of the specification consists of 1GB RAM, up to 64GB onboard storage, GPS, an eight megapixel camera with LED flash and a VGA front facing one, a 1520mAh battery, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but no microSD card slot it seems.

As for the tablet docking station, otherwise known as the PadFone station, it has roughly the same hardware as the Asus Eee Pad Transformer but weighs a rather heavy 724g (nearly 900g with the docked smartphone) and 13.55mm thick,

A 1280x800 pixels, 10.1-inch display, an eight megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front facing one, microUSB and microHDMI, a 24.4Whr battery, speakers and an audio jack (but no card slot).

Still no news as to when the tablet and the phone will go on sale in the UK.