For business users, smartphones are the perfect portable device to help you stay connected on the go, but they lack the screen real estate for true productivity. Tablets, meanwhile, offer displays big enough for real work, but 4G LTE-capable tablets are expensive, and who wants to pay an extra data plan if you already have a Web-connected smartphone?
The new PadFone X from ASUS – revealed this week at CES International in Las Vegas -- is a hybrid device that lets you switch between a large and small form factor with just a single data plan. It’s a 5-inch Android smartphone that docks with a 9-inch tablet; just plug your PadFone X into the tablet to take advantage of its large HD display. Everything on your smartphone transfers over when you dock it to the tablet – including your data plan, so you can connect to the Web and access files stored in the cloud while using the larger device. Apps automatically expand to fill the bigger tablet screen, which boasts a higher resolution.
As an added bonus, docking with the tablet charges your smartphone, effectively doubling the battery life of the device. That’s a big deal for business users who rely on their smartphone to stay connected and productive while away from the office. ASUS hasn’t yet revealed other specs for the PadFone X, including specs and internal storage. Previous iterations of the device – only available outside the United States -- were held back by slow processors that made for a sluggish Android experience. If the PadFone X gets an internal overhaul it could be a truly versatile hybrid device for the business crowd.
For users who want similar functionality in an overall smaller package can opt for the new PadFone Mini, a 4-inch Android smartphone that docks with a 7-inch tablet.