AT&T to Offer Asus Padfone X as Exclusive Device

AT&T to Offer Asus Padfone X as Exclusive DeviceAsus was true to its word and true to its plans to push its products in America, as it announced yesterday that it will offer the PadFone X as an exclusive device on AT&T.  This makes the PadFone X Asus’ first such device to be sold on American shores, after earlier editions were launched mainly in Asian and European countries.

While Samsung’s Galaxy Note series was most instrumental in making the word “phablet” a household name, the Galaxy Note phablets are, for the most part, outsized phones that can only be used as handsets, even if features such as the S Pen allow for some tablet-like functionality.  Asus’ PadFones are different, as they can be used separately as a phone or as a tablet, making it a valid point that the PadFones are one of the few “true” phablets in the market.  And the PadFone X will indeed be arriving in the United States, with impressive specifications backing up that one very unique feature of the device being a phone and a tablet in one.

Phone specifications of the PadFone X include a 5-inch, 1080p display, and the device can be docked into a 9-inch tablet display with resolution of 1920 x 1200.  The PadFone X’s powertrain is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor mated to 2 GB RAM, making the device one of the first to include Qualcomm’s newest quad-core chipset under the hood.  The PadFone X will run on Android 4.4 KitKat, but other than that, and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) being a key feature, Asus was rather tight-lipped when it came to specs and features.

Asus didn’t mention any release date or pricing, but those release details, as well as the rest of the PadFone X’s basics, should be announced within the week, as CES 2014 heats up.