BARCELONA—Asus announced Monday that its PadFone tablet-smartphone hybrid will go on sale in April.
The company also announced that its Eee Pad Transformer devices will be renamed the more simple Transformer Pads, with two more tablets added to the lineup.
The PadFone was first introduced at Computex 2011 in Taiwan as a convergent device that docks a smartphone into the back of a tablet, allowing them to be used a single device. At the time, however, it was still a concept device and Asus Chairman Jonney Shih used the company's press conference there to show off a prototype device.
Today, however, the Asus Padfone is a more fully formed device, and it will hit store shelves in April, with an LTE model to follow in the third quarter, Shih said during an event here at Mobile World Congress.
The PadFone is a 4.3-inch smartphone with a super AMOLED, 960-by-540 display. It runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
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