AT&T Announces The ASUS Padfone Mini X – Available October 24th For $200 On Prepaid

The ASUS Padfone lineup has long been one of the most interesting devices available and after a long wait, the device finally made it’s way to the States earlier this year with AT&T. Now though AT&T and ASUS have teamed up yet again to bring the Padfone’s little brother, the Padfone Mini to the States.

The Padfone Mini X is a 4.5″ inch display smartphone which can be docked inside a 7 inch tablet body. The phone portion is a bit on the low end with only an 854×480 screen, a dual-core Intel processor at 1.6GHz and only a single GB of RAM. A 5MP camera is found around back as well. The tablet portion on the other hand has a 1280×800 resolution which is a much needed improvement. The pair runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.



If you’re unfamilar with the Padfone, the concept is actually quite brilliant. The 4.5 inch phone is used just as a standard phone but it can be docked into the 7 inch tablet. The tablet has no processor or rear camera but instead uses the phone to get things done.

This duo can be had for a mere $199 on AT&T’s prepaid network. If you ask me that’s a pretty sweet deal considering your technically get a phone and a tablet for the price of less than one. The device goes on sale October 24th.

ASUS, AT&T and Intel Corporation today announced the availability of the ASUS PadFone X mini, a 4.5-inch 4G LTE[2] smartphone powered by the Intel® Atom™ processor and Intel® XMM™ 7160 LTE modem. The PadFone X mini transforms into a 7-inch 4G LTE tablet-like experience when docked into its companion docking station. It will be available in AT&T retail stores on Oct. 24 and in national retailers by November. Exclusively on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network, covering more than 300 million Americans, the PadFone X mini will retail for $199.99 on GoPhone®, AT&T’s branded prepaid service.[3] Plans start at only $40 per month for 500 MB of data and 500 minutes of talk time.
For ASUS, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Mobile Communication, Benson Lin stated, “ASUS is passionate about providing incredible experiences. We are excited to work with AT&T and Intel to bring the ASUS PadFone X mini to the U.S. This unique device offers the compelling combination of a 4.5-inch LTE smartphone and the power and versatility of a 7-inch handheld tablet that allows people the best of both world experiences.”
”The combination of Intel’s processor and cutting-edge LTE solution gives the PadFone X mini a robust, one-two punch for U.S. consumers,” said Hermann Eul, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Mobile Communication Group. “People are demanding more from their devices, and the phone’s unique smartphone and tablet form factor allows consumers to have more capabilities on one data plan, all at an affordable price. Intel, ASUS and AT&T have proven to be a powerful trio to deliver a fast and easy-to-use phone for on-the-go multi-taskers.”
Power, Convenience and Beauty Converge
The PadFone X mini is the first smartphone for the U.S. market powered by an Intel application processor and an Intel LTE solution. The device has an Intel XMM 7160 LTE modem and an Intel Atom processor with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology, which supports four simultaneous application threads for smooth and seamless multitasking and responsive web browsing. Additional features include:
Automatic charging with up to 28.3 hours of battery life when the phone is docked into the station, and up to 15.8 hours of battery life on a single charge when used in the smartphone mode.[4]ASUS exclusive 5-megapixel (5MP) PixelMaster camera for high-quality photos.
ASUS DynamicDisplay[5] technology that resizes apps for the different display sizes, as well as the ASUS ZenUI, an exclusive user interface for smart devices that includes features such as ASUS ZenUI What’s Next and Do It Later. These new features put users’ next task in front of them or allows them to mark items for follow-up.
The Side Flip Cover and TriCover, a stylish and practical cover lined with microfiber with a tough polyurethane outer cover for the phone and docking station that helps prevent scratches, scrapes, and dents in two different landscape orientations.
Availability and Pricing
On Oct. 24, customers can purchase an ASUS PadFone X mini from AT&T for $199.99 with GoPhone plans that start at only $40 per month. Customers can also get the PadFone X mini online at www.asus.com or www.att.com or in AT&T retail stores that offer GoPhone. Starting in October, the ASUS PadFone X mini will be available at national retailers.

— AT&T