It was just late last night when we talked about how ASUS’ CEO mentioned that they will make their way to the US market by introducing a new mobile device with a major carrier next year. Well, some of us might not have that kind of patience, which could be why ASUS has also ensured that folks who love all things ASUS get some Yuletide cheer in the form of the ASUS PadFone mini. Having been launched in Taiwan as expected, the PadFone mini happens to be a smartphone that comes with a 4.3” display at 960 x 540 resolution, where it is also able to slide into the rear end of an accompanying tablet, which in turn would feature its very own 7” display at 1280 x 800 resolution apart from a 2,200mAh battery.
Underneath the hood of the ASUS PadFone mini lies a quad-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM, dual-SIM support and a 1,500mAh battery. You will also find all of that accompanied by 16GB of internal storage which can be further expanded thanks to the presence of a microSD memory card slot. Expect Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to arrive with the PadFone mini, and have fun with the 8-megapixel camera located at the back. The ASUS PadFone mini will launch in China, Russia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia for $405 a pop.