New model is Asus Padfone S2 – Rumors and Leaks Begin!

We’ve been watching the goings on with the next Padfone, but ultimately there hasn’t been much news to report. We’ve already discussed the fact that Asus will be keeping this a premium product and will launch only one Padfone per year.

So we are just hearing of the Padfone S2 today. This could be considered the ramp up, although these are rumors at this point. What we can say, is that it appears that S2 is the follow-up from the Padfone S. Forget about the model naming schemes of the past, it does appear that Asus has something for the brand now. We also expect this to mean there will be a X2 for the US market.

Stay tuned, we will be ramping up all the news, leaks, and rumors of the upcoming Padfone S2! From what has been mentioned out there, a release date is not imminent and could be six months away.

A new Padfone at Computex 2015 seems unlikely

We’ve been watching very closely on the lead-up to Computex 2015. At this show, Asus has typically made big announcements. This is the one show where they “show all”.

With regards to a new Padfone in 2015, we just aren’t sure. We do know that Asus CEO Jerry Shen told shareholders that there would be one release per year. What we’re not seeing though is any indication that the new Padfone will be showing up at Computex this year.

We know that the ZenPad tablets are the big star of the show and it’s quite possible that the Padfone would be overshadowed at this years Computex. However, there are a few days left and we’re hoping for some type on details or leaked information.

If not, it’s possible that a release could come around the summer this year. Stay tuned!

One PadFone release per year say Asus CEO Jerry Shen

Asus is dialing back their products this year. Jerry Shen, Asus CEO, told investors that there would be one PadFone release each year.

The question remains whether the PadFone mini will see another release and if there will be a PadFone X2 and Padfone S2 released in the same year. Same model, different name for international markets? It’s too early to say. If Asus continues with AT&T, then it’s likely for the US market, there will be a PadFone X2 this year.


Official Asus Padfone S Product Photo Gallery

With the official Asus product page for the Padfone S, we expect to see some pre order pages go up soon. Pricing details to follow. For now, enjoy multiple photos of the black and the white Padfone S.

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Padfone X Pre Order Page Live Now – Ships In 7 to 14 Days

Update: The Padfone X is SHIPPING NOW.

buy-padfone-x-usaIt’s the moment a lot of people have been waiting for in the United States. For years the North American market has been void of this unique Padfone device. The wait is over. It’s now available to buy from AT&T right now!

Padfone X available Now –> USA – Click here to shop Padfone X – In Stock and Shipping From

Here are a few key details:

  • now shipping and in stock
  • many of the accessories are now IN STOCK
  • price is $199 with a 2-year contract
  • price is $595.92 with no annual contract
  • price is $29.80 per month for 20 months with AT&T Next 12
  • price is $22.92 per month for 26 months with AT&T Next 18
  • see our detailed Padfone X review, specs and HD photo gallery HERE



Padfone X Keyboard – Should You Buy It?

padfone-x-keyboard-docked-positionThe Padfone X has some real added value right out of the box. You can make use of your smartphone in more ways because it will dock into a tablet. Suddenly that 5-inch phone become a glorious 9-inch screen. That alone gives you a lot more enjoyment. Want more from your Padfone X? Perhaps the keyboard dock is also something you want to consider.

First, the price. It’s going to cost you $99 USD. For that price you are essentially getting a customized fitting Bluetooth keyboard for your Padfone X Station tablet. In other words, the keyboard is pretty bare bones and doesn’t have any extra battery like the original Padfone keyboard. It does come with a small battery, but that is simply to provide power for the Bluetooth 3.0 connection. padfone-x-keyboard-reviewOfficially, it is said that the 450mAh battery is good for up to one month of use between charges. It is of high-quality aluminum construction according to Asus and AT&T. So for $99 you can basically convert this device into a laptop/netbook. On the surface that seems like a pretty good idea.

The weight of the Padfone X keyboard is 1.7 pounds. Is that shocking? It shouldn’t be. The fact is Asus has already had a 3-in-1 Padfone (the original Padfone) and they have some basis for designing it differently for the newest model. One factor of course is the tipping point. The keyboard is the base and with the Station and phone together, the weight is “top heavy”. Therefore the Padfone X  keyboard needs to be weighted just right so that the user experience is sturdy and solid.

So to summarize how much a Padfone X laptop would weigh?

1.7 lb (keyboard) + .33 lb (phone) + 1.13 lb (tablet) = 3.16 lbs

Let’s compare this weight to 10 inch laptops on the market today.

  •  Asus X102BA 10-inch laptop with 3-cell battery: 2.4 lbs
  • Asus Transformer Book T100 10-inches: 2.3 lbs
  • Asus Eee PC 1025CE 10-inches: 2.76 lbs
  • Asus Eee PC 1015PN 10-inches: 2.76 lbs

padfone-keyboard-tablet-phoneSo yes, clearly the Padfone X in laptop mode outweighs the other products that Asus has in a similar size. I would suggest that anything around 3 lbs is very much mobile and respectable. Again, the reason for the weight is because there is a need for balance and stability. That was more of a priority than having a light keyboard. If you consider the X102BA weight, it has only a 3-cell battery which is small compared to a typical 6-cell battery. The T100 is 2.3 pounds, but it’s only a tablet and keyboard dock. Where’s the phone? So the point is that it’s best to know about the Padfone X laptop weight before you buy it, but understand that it’s not “heavy”. A few years ago in technology and laptops 3.16 pound would be “light”.

Is the Padfone X keyboard comfortable to type on?

Here is the reality. This is not a full QWERTY keyboard. Through the netbook era, the 10-inch form factor was just big enough to allow for a full standard keyboard. Yes, smaller keys, but the keys were where you would expect them to be.

So what about the Padfone X keyboard that’s 9-inches and not 10-inches? Obviously there are some compromises.

This keyboard is for Android so there are new keys required. You can see some of those keys in these images:


So added keys include things like, “back”, “options”, “home” among others. However what is very noticeable is that the quotation key and the apostrophe key are odd. How so? If you look at the image above, you can see that the quotation key is showing the ” in blue, in the lower right corner of the key. The apostrophe is located on the L key, in blue, in the lower right corner of the key. Essentially what this means is that you will use the “Fn” key (see photo below) to use the apostrophe or quotation mark. An adjustment you will need to make, but as you can see the “Fn” key is very near the shift key.


High Resolution Images – Padfone X Mobile Dock (click image to enlarge)

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Photo Gallery: AT&T Padfone X

The excitement is building! Asus has their “coming soon” Padfone X product page up now. Pre order should be upcoming very soon. Price and release date details should be coming any day now. Right now, let’s get excited by some high resolution images of the upcoming exclusive Padfone X from ATT. Click on images to enlarge!

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