Today is the 11th of December and as promised, Asus has finally officially taken the curtains off its Padfone Mini, a 4.3” smartphone. Like its larger sibling, the Padfone Mini comes with a tablet dock, but it too has also been shrunk to a smaller size of 7”.
The Padfone Mini was launched just hours ago in Taiwan and as expected, it also packs less powerful hardware under its hood to allow for a more affordable price tag – 1.4GHz Snapdragon MSM8226 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 960 x 540 resolution on phone and 1,280 x 800 on the tablet, 16GB of expandable storage, Android 4.3 out of the box with 1,500mAh and 2,200mAh batteries in the smartphone and tablet respectively. Camera wise, it has an 8MP rear shooter on board with some custom features such as Hi-Light “Owl Mode” and high speed continuous shooting.
The device is currently available in Taiwan for NT$11,990 (approximately RM1,300) and according to Engadget, Asus plans to expand it to the U.S., Europe and Asia; let’s keep our fingers crossed that Malaysia is in that list.