Asus may be working on a new, smaller version of the Padfone. Instead of a 5 inch phone that slides into a 10 inch tablet dock, we could soon see a new 4 inch phone that becomes a 7 inch tablet with the help of a dock.
The Asus Padfone Mini was mentioned in industry reports and leaked product roadmap documents earlier this year. Now a new device called the Asos PadFone T00C has shown up at the GFXBench website, and the specs would seem to suggest we’re looking at at a smaller, cheaper version of the Asus Padfone.
The new model appears to feature a 960 x 540 pixel display, a 1.4 GHz processor, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software.
That’s about all we know for certain at the moment (we don’t even know if this is a product that’ll eventually go on sale, or just a device that Asus is testing internally). But the screen resolution suggests a phone with a 4 inch or smaller display, and the processor speed could suggest a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor.
While those specs would be a lot less impressive than the Snapdragon 800 processor and full HD screen you get with the Asus Padfone Infinity, they could make the Padfone Mini a more reasonable choice for folks looking for an affordable smartphone/tablet hybrid.
Asus doesn’t officially sell Padfone devices in the US yet, but a handful of retailers offer international models in the States — with prices around $700 for just the phone. The tablet station costs extra.