Asus kicked off Computex in a big way yesterday, finally revealing the “Padfone” they had been teasing for weeks prior. Yes, it’s actually called that, and the concept is actually pretty cool. Tech Report has the coverage:
The smartphone fits into a small compartment at the back of the tablet that closes completely, so you don’t have to worry about the phone falling out. It looks like the phone will be the brains of the operation, providing storage and 3G connectivity for the tablet (and likely processing, as well). As far as I can tell, the tablet component does little more than provide a larger screen and an auxiliary battery that can be used to charge the phone.
I admit, as an owner of a tablet and a smartphone myself, I’m not too sure how useful this is going to be. When I take my tablet out with me, I just keep the phone in my pocket for quick email/twitter/whatever, and bring the tablet out when I need to do tablet things. With this, when you need to do tablet things, your phone is no longer available. Still an interesting product, at the very least from a concept point of view.
Here’s today’s huge batch of hardware reviews!
- Here’s a popular video card. The MSI GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme Edition is being reviewed by three sites: Guru3D, TechPowerUp, TweakTown, and Hardware Canucks.
- Legit Reviews was busy over the weekend, as they have reviews of both the GIGABYTE P67A-UD7-B3 and MSI 990FXA-GD80 motherboards.
- How about a heatsink review? Here’s one of the Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 by FrostyTech.
- iXBT has an article on the Intel Z68 Express Chipset
- Guru3D has a review of the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
- Finally, Big Bruin closes things off with a review of the Patriot Memory Supersonic 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive. Looks like their experience was similar to ours, which you can read about here.
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