TAIWANESE HARDWARE MAKER Asus announced the Padfone Mini on Wednesday, which consists of a 7in tablet and a 4.3in smartphone.
The Asus Padfone Mini is a smaller, cheaper alternative to the Asus Padfone Infinity, which the firm unwrapped at this year's Mobile World Congress.
The device's specifications seem to suggest that the Padfone Mini will be affordable. There's a quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM under the bonnet of the phone, which also powers its tablet counterpart. The screen on the 7in tablet has 1280x800 resolution, while the smaller 4.3in display on the phone features 960x540 resolution.
The Asus Padfone Mini also arrives running Google's recent but not latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, which Asus has skinned in its custom user interface. There's no word as to whether it will receive an upgrade to Android 4.4 Kitkat.
Other specifications include a dual-SIM slot, 8MP and 2MP dual cameras, 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded via microSD card, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, and a 1,500mAh battery. The phone measures 129.3x65.6x8.7mm and weighs 105g, while the 7in tablet tips the scales at 310g and has a 2,200mAh battery.
The Asus Padfone Mini will cost NT$11,990 or £246 when it launches in Taiwan, and it will be available in black, white and 'cherry milk' versions.
Asus has confirmed that the Padfone Mini will be released in the UK in the first half of 2014.
A spokesperson told us, "We are extremely excited with the possibilities for the PadFone mini in the UK. However, the UK market requires extensive testing to be undertaken by the network operators, in order for us to offer a device that has been suitably approved for use on the mobile networks. This is to ensure that UK consumers enjoy the best user-experience possible.
"We therefore envisage that the PadFone mini will launch in the UK sometime in the first half of next year. Detailed specifications and pricing for the UK will be announced closer to the UK launch next year." µ
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