ASUS is finally bringing their innovative PadFone line, which merges a smartphone and a tablet into a single bundle, to the U.S. Coming exclusively to AT&T later this year, the just-announced PadFone X is a high-end Android smartphone – unlike the PadFone Mini, we don’t see many compromises here.
The phone centers around a 5-inch, 1080p display, and dual front-facing speakers, ? la HTC’s stereo-inspired One X line.
Inside is Android 4.4 KitKat, making this the first ASUS device to ship with Android 4.4 pre-installed. There’s also NFC, and ASUS announced that the PadFone X would feature compatibility with Isis, AT&T’s system for processing mobile payments.
AT&T has helped to enabled Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) and HD Voice for the handset.
In addition, the phone will ship with a tablet dock, which comes with a 9-inch, 1080p display, more speakers, and a much larger battery. When docked, the tablet will charge the PadFone X’s battery, which ASUS says can double the phone’s usable battery life.
That’s it for now – we can’t be certain what chipset is inside the phone (though an Intel Atom wouldn’t be too surprising given all of ASUS’ other phones shown off this week), when it’ll arrive on AT&T, or how much the two companies plan to charge.
When we find out, however, we’ll be sure to let you know.