Asus Shows Off PadFone Tablet/Smartphone Hybrid, Two New Transformer Tablets

Brad Chacos

Asus is one of the few manufacturers who have been able to carve itself a niche in the Android tablet market, but the company isn't about to rest on its laurels following the successes of the Eee Pad Transformer and Transformer Prime.  Two new Transformer products -- one high end, one low end -- were unveiled today at the Mobile World Conference, the smartphone/tablet/notebook hybrid called the PadFone got hard specs and a release date, and if that wasn't enough, Asus dropped the "Eee" and started calling its tablets plain ol' "Transformer Pad."

First up, the two new tablets are the flagship Transformer Pad Infinity and the more budget-friendly Transformer Pad 300 . Both models pack Nvidia's new Tegra 3 proc, although interestingly enough, the 3G/4G models of the Infinity use Qualcomm's energy-efficient "Krait" S4 processor. The 10.1-inch Infinity also sports a Super IPS+ 1920x1200 display, setting a new high water mark for "Oooh, pretty" in tablets. (You can check out more details here.) The $400 Pad 300 sports a normal 1280x800 IPS display and a plastic -- rather than aluminum -- body available in several color choices.

The PadFone is an interesting little beast(s) for people who can't decide whether they need a smartphone, tablet, notebook or some mixture of all three. We'll let Asus' press release describe it for you:

The ASUS PadFone is an incredible 4.3" smartphone featuring a Super AMOLEDqHD display, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core processor and an ultra-sharp 8-megapixel digital camera with Fuji image processor all wrapped in an exquisite design that is optimized for Google's Android 4.0 operating system. When placed inside the optional PadFone Station, it transforms into a 10.1" tablet with 5 times the battery capacity .

The PadFone offers unmatched versatility via ASUS' proprietary Dynamic Display technology which allows seamless transition between the PadFone and PadFone Station display screens. In addition, the PadFone Station offers an optional keyboard dock that essentially turns the PadFone into an ultraportable computing device .

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