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Padfone X Mini Debuts on GoPhone Next Week

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AT&T GoPhone announced today that they will be the exclusive prepaid carrier of the new Asus Padfone X Mini. A sequel to the unusual Asus Padfone X released in June, this device is really pretty unique and will provide more flexibility than most other devices at this price point.

The Padfone X Mini has two parts–a 4.5 inch phone with pretty low to mid-grade specs and a tablet docking gadget that will instantly change the phone into a 7 inch tablet. The tablet docking station itself will not run without the phone portion, but will provide a larger tablet-like experience without any additional purchase. Both the phone and the tablet docking station can be purchased for $199.99 starting October 24. This device will be available exclusively from AT&T GoPhone.

For those more technically-minded, here are the specs for the Padfone X Mini:

Phone

  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 4.5-inch 854x480¬†screen
  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor, XMM 7160 LTE modem
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • 5-megapixel rear, 2-megapixel front cameras
  • 8GB of storage
  • microSD card slot
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2060mAh battery

Tablet Docking Station

  • 7-inch 1280×800 screen
  • 1-megapixel front camera
  • 2200mAh battery

Reviews of the Padfone X weren’t the greatest, with most people stating that the software was a little buggy and that the experience overall was mediocre at best. It’s unclear whether this newest generation has those bugs fixed or not, but regardless, I think this is a pretty cool concept and hope it takes off with more efficient and tested developers.

What do you think? Cool idea or pointless? Let me know in the comments!