and now, it looks like a similar model is on the way. The Asus PadFone X
mini, as it will be called, just cleared the FCC, meaning that its
official unveiling must be nearing.
For those not familiar with
concept, Asus’s PadFone devices consist of a smartphone and a tablet
dock. When docked, the device becomes a full-fledged tablet with
cellular connectivity – the phone itself provides the processing power
and storage while the dock holds extra battery juice, a speaker, and, of
course, a much bigger touchscreen.
The Asus PadFone X mini, in
particular, is listed under the model name T00S. It can operate on the
850/1900MHz GSM frequencies, as well as on the LTE bands 2, 4, 5, and
17. Technically, this makes it compatible with AT&T’s cellular
network, and given the fact that the carrier launched the PadFone X, we
won’t be surprised to see the mini variant launch on the AT&T
network as well. Also, it is stated in the FCC papers that the phone’s
battery has a capacity of 7.8Wh at 3.8V, which equals 2050mAh. Further
specs, however, remain a mystery.
On September 3, Asus will be
holding a press event at which the PadFone X mini will most likely be
announced. That is when we’ll learn whether AT&T is really
interested in offering the device.
Asus PadFone X mini
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