ASUS' PadFone X lets you choose between portability and productivity. It's essentially a 5-inch Android smartphone that docks with a large tablet display, so you can pick what size screen you want to use at any given time. When you're on the go, undock the PadFone X smartphone, and slide it into your pocket or bag. And when you need to get down to business, connect it to the larger display — and maybe even a Bluetooth keyboard, sold separately. You can preorder the PadFone X on AT&T beginning June 6. Read on for three features that make it good for business.
The PadFone X is a 5-inch 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. That means you can switch seamlessly between large and small form factors without needing to pay for separate data plans for your phone and tablet. The ability to keep your Internet connection while using the tablet is a big plus for business users, since it means you can browse the Web, check email and perform other screen-intensive tasks more comfortably.
Combined, the phone and tablet weigh about 1.5 lbs. That's a bit heavier than the iPad Air (1.05 lbs.), but a bit lighter than the Surface Pro 3 (1.76 lbs.), though the latter has a much larger 12-inch display. You can also connect the PadFone X to a Bluetooth keyboard, which lets you use the device like a clamshell notebook for serious typing sessions.
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 smartphones to stay connected and productive while they're away from the office. The PadFone X smartphone packs a 2,300-mAh battery that should deliver decent battery life on its own. But ASUS says to expect more than 10 hours of juice when the device is docked with the tablet, which adds a beefy 4,900-mAh battery. That should get you through the workday and then some.
The PadFone X isn't just a novelty. The smartphone itself packs impressive hardware, including a sharp 1920 x 1080-pixel display and a speedy Snapdragon 800 processor. That means business users can expect snappy multitasking and good overall performance. Another hardware highlight is the inclusion of a microSD card slot, which you can use to upgrade the phone's paltry 16GB of onboard storage.