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Taiwanese tech heavyweight Asus, as it seems, is looking to get back in the fore-front of smartphone/tablet market with the release of a brand new phablet - Asus PadFone E. The device is a hybrid of both a tablet and smartphone.
As far as the smartphone segment of the device is concerned, the Asus-made PadFone E sports a 4.7-inch display screen. The tablet part of it, on the other hand, can be made use of as a 10.1-inch tablet. Basically, the device is placed between the company's high-end PadFone X and the budget-friendly PadFone Mini.
While the device has currently been made available only for the Taiwanese market, the device already saw a leak a while back in a number of testing labs, seeking the final certification approval. Now with its final official release, the PadFone E has been aimed at customers looking to own a device that's both portable similar to a smartphone, and yet offering a large display that serves the purpose of owning a tablet.
Talking about the specifications involved with the new phablet, as mentioned earlier, the smartphone segment of the device sports a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 720 pixels. The tablet side of it, on the other hand, offers a 10.1-inch LCD display with pixel resolution of1280×800 pixels.
The PadFone E also comes with a 13-megapixel LED-enabled primary shooter with another 1-megapixel camera located at the front of the device.
Powered via a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad-core processor, the device offers Adreno 305 GPU support. Apart from that, users will also have 1GB of RAM at their disposal with 16 GB of internal memory. However, there's no mention of the device's external storage capabilities (if any) and as up to how much it will support.
Although the device runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, it's still needed to be found out if the PadFone E will be eligible for an upgrade to Android KitKat. Nonetheless, the device does sport a massive battery with the phone juiced up by a Li-Ion 1,820mAh battery. The tablet, on the hand, offers a Li-Ion 5,000mAh battery.
Other connectivity specs include: 3G/HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS with aGPS support.
As of now, the PadFone E is only available in Taiwan, although it is expected that the device will be made available for the international market by March this year, for around Rs. 35K.