Remember the Asus Padfone, the company’s innovative, everything-but-the-kitchen sink approach to solving the issue of having too many different electronic devices? Well, it appears Asus has more where that came from, as its website is now teasing the October 16 introduction of the Padfone 2.
For those not familiar with the device, the Padfone starts out with a 4.3-inch, dual-core Android smartphone. The handset, in turn, can be docked into the back of a 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 resolution tablet. And then, finally, the tablet can be docked into a keyboard and operated with a stylus.
The keyboard and stylus are sold separately. Each layer (tablet, keyboard dock) adds more battery life (5x and 9x, respectively), while the stylus doubles as a phone receiver.
It’s a unique idea, to be sure, but it’s one that never actually saw the light of day in the U.S. and was launched in very few regions once it shipped in April 2012. Its lack of popularity was likely due mostly to pricing concerns — all three parts of the device together came to roughly $980 – so it remains to be seen what the availability and pricing of the Padfone 2 will be like, but we’ll find out more come October 16.