Enterprise Mobility: Asus Padfone Android Smartphone Docks with Companion Tablet
Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha wowed the crowd at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show with the Motorola Atrix 4G, an Android 2.2 smartphone that docked into a special laptop unit. This set-up lets mobile road warriors port their phone content to a larger screen and access documents and other content via the Mozilla Firefox browser. Asus Chairman Jonney Shih followed that act May 30 at the Computex IT conference in Taipei, Taiwan, with the Asus Padfone, a hybrid device that lets users connect an Android smartphone to a tablet dock. Asus pitches the Padfone as follows: "It is a first-of-its-kind innovation that allows you to switch seamlessly between pad and phone for a user experience that best fits your activities, at any time. Internet access from the 3G network connection is shared between the phone and pad, as data storage is streamlined through a single storage pool." That sounds like a lot of fun to us, but we wonder what it will cost. Details on that are forthcoming from the company. We also don't know just how popular these so-called convergent devices will be, considering that people tend to be pretty happy with their existing, separate smartphones and tablets. Word on the Atrix 4G is that most people are buying the phone, but not the laptop dock it comes with. This eWEEK slide show looks at views of the Padfone, released by Asus, from different angles. After looking at these photos, we want to know how many of you are wondering: Can I get this in Apple? But that's a whole other story.