Interested in a prepaid smartphone for your business? How about one that also converts into a tablet? The Android-powered ASUS PadFone X Mini is coming to the U.S. later this month, exclusively on AT&T's GoPhone prepaid service. Here's what the phone and tablet hybrid has to offer small business users.
A follow-up to the PadFone X that was introduced in June, the PadFone X Mini is, as its name implies, a smaller version of its predecessor. It features a 4.5-inch screen and docks into a 7-inch tablet, whereas the PadFone X has a 5-inch screen paired with a 9-inch tablet. The PadFone X Mini is the better choice if you want a compact tablet for better portability.
The PadFone X Mini hybrid setup also eliminates the hassle of switching between two separate devices when you need to get more work done on a tablet versus a phone's small screen. It essentially works by using the tablet as an external display for the smartphone. This helps you smoothly transition from one device to another, so you don't have to re-open files, browser tabs and apps when switching devices. [Best Tablets for Business 2014 (and Why We Love Them)]
This hybrid setup also makes the tablet multifunctional: you can get more work done with the larger screen real estate, all while charging your phone with the tablet's built-in 2,200-mAh battery. On its own, the smartphone has a battery life of 15.8 hours. Docked into the tablet, ASUS estimates more than an entire day's worth of power on a single charge at 28.3 hours.
Don't forget that in tablet mode, you're using two devices in one. This means you've got extra bulk and extra weight. Because of this, our sister site Tom's Guide describes the PadFone X Mini as a "chunky beast," which also weighs nearly a pound.
Furthermore, the PadFone X Mini doesn't impress when it comes to screen quality. The phone itself suffers from a low 854 by 480 resolution, though the tablet comes with a 1280 by 800 display. The phone and the tablet are also much dimmer than average devices in their class and have poor graphics performance, Tom's Guide found.
The PadFone X Mini runs on Google Android 4.4 KitKat and is powered by the Intel Atom Dual core 1600 MHz processor. It comes with 1024 MB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage, which can be expanded to 64GB (microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC).
It also comes with a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and videoconferencing capabilities.
Cost and availability
The Asus PadFone X Mini will be available Oct. 24 on AT&T GoPhone and will cost $199.99 with a two-year contract. It will also be available through other retailers in November.
Originally published on Business News Daily.