Asus teases possible tablet-phone hybrid

"Pad or phone?" That’s the question asked by the latest teaser image on Asus’ Facebook page. The image appears to be setting the stage for a product announcement at Computex next week—but the real question is, what exactly is Asus cooking up?

Engadget has nabbed some additional teaser shots, and one of them provides the most compelling clue: "Pad or phone? How about both?" A set of close-ups of the upcoming product offer additional hints, like what seems to be an insert just big enough for a phone on the back surface of a tablet. We might be looking at a tablet-phone hybrid, possibly one that allows users to connect the phone to a larger tablet shell in order to enjoy a larger screen and longer battery life.

Asus, of course, has dabbled in cell phones in the past. I’ve not seen any modern Android or Windows Phone 7 handsets from the company, though, so perhaps this upcoming tablet-phone hybrid could be Asus’ ticket back into the ring. In any case, our own Geoff Gasior will be on the scene at Computex next week, so he’ll be bringing us the news as it develops.

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    • ShadowTiger
    • 8 years ago

    Who wants to bet you have to pay for tethering while its docked in the tablet shell?

    • glacius555
    • 8 years ago

    I just watched a video where Microsoft employee was demonstrating multi-tasking on a next generation “mango” device. It was an ASUS device 😛

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    The news and articles on this sight have been real slow the last two weeks.

      • axeman
      • 8 years ago

      Your vision is slow ? That’s weird. Please elaborate.

        • NeelyCam
        • 8 years ago

        You’re an ass****

    • dpaus
    • 8 years ago

    Ah, it’s [url=http://www.zdnet.com/blog/mobile-gadgeteer/what-is-the-palm-foleo/379<]2007 again[/url<]...

    • gerbilspy
    • 8 years ago

    One phad to rule them all.

      • Palek
      • 8 years ago

      And in their dork-ness bind them?

    • ImSpartacus
    • 8 years ago

    I’ve been waiting for something like this for some time now.

    Eventually, I expect to be able to dock my phone inside a dummy tablet, which, itself, can dock to a keyboard (a la Transformer).

    You get one device that can control your entire competing experience. Batteries in the dummy tablet and keyboard can make sure the battery in that device never dies.

      • [TR]
      • 8 years ago

      Then you dock that on a 40″ monitor and you have yourself a phone-tablet-laptop-desktop-TV.
      If you dock it with 2 wheels you get a phone-tablet-laptop-desktop-TV-segway. Dock an aditional 2 wheels and you get a phone-tablet-laptop-desktop-TV-segway-smart2two.
      And of course your ForeverBattery(TM) idea is covered. In fact, when you get to the smart you basically have a device that could outlive the Universe!

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 8 years ago

        You forgot the cargo trailer dock with the over 9,000 cell battery and nuclear reactor, which forms the EeePad Optimus Prime. Obviously, this is what Asus had in mind with the Transformer all along.

        • ImSpartacus
        • 8 years ago

        Lol, yeah yeah yeah, I get it. It’s not a completely fleshed out idea. .)

        Still, my dream machine would be a 5″ phone that can connect to an 8.9″ dummy tablet together to make one tablet with two screens next to each other. You can picture it as a [url=http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/8852/img0682en.jpg<]PLP setup[/url<] with only one side monitor. When using 16:9 screens, if you use 8.9" and 5", the long end of the phone can match the short end of the tablet perfectly. You could operate the phone with its native screen while doing more screen-intensive stuff on the tablet screen. Perhaps texting and web browsing at the same time. It's about as multitasking friendly as you could possibly get. The dock that holds the phone to the tablet would have to be pretty strong, but it might be possible.

          • dpaus
          • 8 years ago

          Never mind those rude boys who are making fun of you, I believe in what you’re saying 🙂

      • trackerben
      • 8 years ago

      Are you not getting two devices, a smartphone and a dummy? And if the dummy without its companion smartphone seems too inutile, wouldn’t it be nice to put some independent functionaility into it? Like alarm, radio, iPod dock in the kickstand … like an iHome!

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