So far, the original Padfone – a smartphone that can be attached to a dock with a display and used as a tablet – has had four iterations; the PadFone, the PadFone 2, the PadFone Infinity, and the recent PadFone Infinity 2, each with better hardware, a slimmer form factor, and a more innovative locking system than it’s predecessor to keep the smartphone securely attached to the tablet dock and worth a match against other flagship devices.
Personally I’m a big fan of the PadFone series, and because of this I’m glad to hear that ASUS will be announcing a new device in their own hand-carved niche next week in Taiwan, on December 11th.
The device in question is the PadFone Mini – Similar to other mini variants on the market today, the Mini will have a smaller 4.3” display, and a less powerful processor at a cheaper price point. The exact specs on hardware haven’t been revealed yet, but previous GFX Bench leaks suggest the device will have a 960×540 resolution display and a quad core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400, along with Android 4.3
The most interesting part about the new PadFone Mini is the dock – instead of being a less pretty 10 inch tablet dock, ASUS have decided that the dock itself needs a mini variant too, and upon release, customers will be able to pick up the PadFone Mini bundled with a smaller 7 inch tablet dock.
We don’t yet know whether the device will have a 10 inch variant, and we also have no idea when the PadFone Mini will become available in other regions, but we’ll keep you updated.