Asus Padfone to Sport Google Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS; Likely to Debut by the Year-End [Video]

August 13, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Remember we had told you about the Asus Padfone when it first reared its head some time ago? The phone is now said to be gearing up for the arrival of the latest version of Android OS  – the Ice Cream Sandwich. The device, a combination of smartphone and tablet, had been announced in May.

Though not many details had been outed at the time of the reveal, the latest is that the device will most probably launch this year-end or in the beginning of 2012. The Asus Padfone comprises a smartphone with 4.3-inch touchscreen that is docked in the hidden compartment of the tablet with a 10.1-inch display.

The Asus Padfone will be pushed to sales counters possibly in two shades – light copper and black. It allows a provision for the smartphone’s 5 megapixel camera working when inside the dock. The dual speakers of the tablet were also revealed earlier.

The Ice Cream Sandwich OS synchronizes the smartphone and tablet when they are docked, and the phone also gets charged while it’s locked in the slot of the tablet. The phone when docked can also work as a 3G dongle for the tablet. This combo model gives an enhanced battery life.

The OS is believed to come with a solution for Android fragmentation issues. Ice Cream Sandwich is seen as the only Android OS that supports both the tablet and smartphone. It might take a while before the OS is full and final and ready to go live. That could also mean the release of the Padfone could be delayed a bit.

Meanwhile, Asus  seems to be working on the device so it will support 3D graphics and the LTE connectivity by the first half of 2012. Let’s hope there will be not much of a delay for the launch. Asus, we are waiting!

Let’s also show you a video from Netbooknews that shows you the Asus Padfone.


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