Specs summary

Screen
5"

The Asus PadFone X's screen is 5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.3 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2330mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2330 mAh battery. Asus's performance ratings are 19 days standby time, 1200 minutes (2G), 1200 minutes (3G).



It tries to be two things at once, but only does one thing really well.

- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop 


While not a perfect union, the modular Asus PadFone X offers a compelling smartphone and tablet combo for the price of a typical smartphone alone.

- Eugene Kim , PC Magazine 

Reviews (7.3/10 Avg. rating)


GSMArena

It certainly has everything it takes to match the expectations

The Asus PadFone X is one of the best-rounded high-end propositions available in the Android realm at the moment. It skillfully blends a powerful chipset, a good display, and a capable camera into a solidly built package, thus offering a mighty good alternative to the established players on the US market...

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The Asus PadFone X is one of the best-rounded high-end propositions available in the Android realm at the moment. It skillfully blends a powerful chipset, a good display, and a capable camera into a solidly built package, thus offering a mighty good alternative to the established players on the US market.

The device surely is a welcome sight on the busy smartphone field in the United States by offering a combination of talents which none of its direct competitors can exactly match. Having a PadFone device offered by a major carrier such as AT&T ends years of anticipation and overpaying for grey imports to online retailers. It also gives Asus access to the vast, highly lucrative US smartphone market. 

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Digital Trends

You get a phone and a tablet dock, and they both perform admirably

from Digital Trends

The Asus PadFone X is a winner. It’s not the best phone, and it’s far from the best tablet, but for the price, it’s hard to beat it. You get a very good phone and a decent tablet attachment that lets you use your apps in a new way. We did have some issues with apps crashing if you yank the phone out of the dock while using them, but we got used to closing our apps before disconnecting...

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The Asus PadFone X is a winner. It’s not the best phone, and it’s far from the best tablet, but for the price, it’s hard to beat it. You get a very good phone and a decent tablet attachment that lets you use your apps in a new way. We did have some issues with apps crashing if you yank the phone out of the dock while using them, but we got used to closing our apps before disconnecting.

Even if you dislike the tablet and don’t use it much, for the price, this is a good phone by itself. We can’t wait to see what Asus comes up with next.

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Engadget

Promises seamless switching between phone and tablet modes

from Engadget

If I've seemed unduly harsh on the Padfone X, it's because I still think there's a place in the world for a hybrid like this. Sadly, despite years of tinkering with the same formula, ASUS couldn't completely stick the landing this time around. For all the gripes I've leveled at this thing, though, I've had to mentally repeat one sentence like a mantra throughout my weeks of testing: all of this is just $200 with a contract. For the same price as a single, shiny top-tier handset, you could nab yourself a very respectable smartphone and a tablet that (while flawed) still works. I'd wager there's a decent number of people out there who'd embrace that math wholeheartedly...

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If I've seemed unduly harsh on the Padfone X, it's because I still think there's a place in the world for a hybrid like this. Sadly, despite years of tinkering with the same formula, ASUS couldn't completely stick the landing this time around. For all the gripes I've leveled at this thing, though, I've had to mentally repeat one sentence like a mantra throughout my weeks of testing: all of this is just $200 with a contract. For the same price as a single, shiny top-tier handset, you could nab yourself a very respectable smartphone and a tablet that (while flawed) still works. I'd wager there's a decent number of people out there who'd embrace that math wholeheartedly.

But are you one of them? If you've got the means, you'll almost definitely be better served by buying separate phones and tablets. The promise of seamless syncing is a tempting one, and one worth getting right. ASUS hasn't done that here. To be honest, I hope it gets another chance at cracking the brutal US market -- the right sort of design and software tweaks could turn the next-generation Padfone into a gadget worthy of our collective drool. For now, though, ponder the arithmetic and see if you can do better. 

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ZDNet

Two devices for the price of one, with some compromises

from ZDNet

Asus is offering a pretty compelling package for the average user who doesn't want to spend hundreds on a dedicated tablet they might just leave sitting around gathering dust. For the price of a smartphone, you get an accessory that gives you a tablet experience.

The phone is not a marvel of design like many modern smartphones, but it has the right internals and it does a fine job performing everday tasks. The nice thing about this combo is no separate data plan is needed and the same data always appears in phone and tablet modes...

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Asus is offering a pretty compelling package for the average user who doesn't want to spend hundreds on a dedicated tablet they might just leave sitting around gathering dust. For the price of a smartphone, you get an accessory that gives you a tablet experience.

The phone is not a marvel of design like many modern smartphones, but it has the right internals and it does a fine job performing everday tasks. The nice thing about this combo is no separate data plan is needed and the same data always appears in phone and tablet modes.

I would like to see the next generation slim down both the phone and the station to give it more of a high end smartphone look and feel. I would bump up my rating by at least a full point if the design was more modern. 

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Business Insider

Performs well as a phone thanks to its nice, bright screen, good camera

from Business Insider

The premise behind the Asus Padfone X sounds appealing in theory. Purchasing a tablet and a phone for one price with a two-year contract sounds like a great value, especially since you'll no longer have to lug around two gadgets. But the truth is, you’re paying $200 for a mediocre phone and...More

The premise behind the Asus Padfone X sounds appealing in theory. Purchasing a tablet and a phone for one price with a two-year contract sounds like a great value, especially since you'll no longer have to lug around two gadgets. But the truth is, you’re paying $200 for a mediocre phone and a tablet that feels dated. That’s not to say some people won’t enjoy it, but you’re better off shelling out the cash for a tablet that feels more modern.

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Chip Chick

A productivity road warrior

from Chip Chick

The ASUS Padfone X isn’t a premium device despite the wow, cool factor of the concept. By itself, the phone is one we’d expect to pay about $100 for on contract. The tablet, if it were a singular thing, might sell well at $150 – $200. The combo is $199, which feels right for wha...More

The ASUS Padfone X isn’t a premium device despite the wow, cool factor of the concept. By itself, the phone is one we’d expect to pay about $100 for on contract. The tablet, if it were a singular thing, might sell well at $150 – $200. The combo is $199, which feels right for what you get. Aside from being an inexpensive option to buying a phone and a tablet separately, you’ll also save money by not needing mobile hotspot service. For the narrow audience that the Padfone X will appeal to, that’s a significant mark in it’s favor.

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Phone Scoop

Function perfectly well on its own

from Phone Scoop

The central question posed by the PadFone's existence is can a single device serve as both a smartphone and a tablet. The answer is yes, but not without compromises.

You can quite easily carry around the PadFone's handset by itself and be happy with the product in your pocket. The phone has decent build quality, a good screen, reasonable network performance, and excellent battery life. The UI is intuitive and should be familiar to anyone with knowledge of Android. The messaging tools function well, and the media powers are sold enough. It's a pity that call quality is so iffy...

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The central question posed by the PadFone's existence is can a single device serve as both a smartphone and a tablet. The answer is yes, but not without compromises.

You can quite easily carry around the PadFone's handset by itself and be happy with the product in your pocket. The phone has decent build quality, a good screen, reasonable network performance, and excellent battery life. The UI is intuitive and should be familiar to anyone with knowledge of Android. The messaging tools function well, and the media powers are sold enough. It's a pity that call quality is so iffy.

The tablet, or Station, does require a handbag, backpack, or at least some space in the back seat of your car to lug about. It serves to expand the size of the screen for some tasks, such as browsing, viewing photos, or watching videos. For my money, though, the bulk and quality of the screen - or lack thereof - make the PadFone X a dubious purchase. I am much happier to carry around a separate smartphone and thinner, more manageable tablet.

The question then boils down to economics. If you have a limited budget and only want to pay for a single data plan, then the PadFone X makes more sense. The device costs $200 on contract and can be paired with AT&T plans that start around $50 or $60 per month. I'll always use separate devices, but I can see how the PadFone X might work for some people. 

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Laptop Magazine

An intriguing device at an aggressive price

from Laptop Magazine

The PadFone X is an intriguing device that packs a smartphone and tablet into a single, affordable package. On their own, the two devices are good, but not great. The handset's battery life is relatively short, while the slate is on the heavy side with a distractingly large bezel. Together, though, they make the PadFone X a fairly impressive hybrid at an aggressive price...

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The PadFone X is an intriguing device that packs a smartphone and tablet into a single, affordable package. On their own, the two devices are good, but not great. The handset's battery life is relatively short, while the slate is on the heavy side with a distractingly large bezel. Together, though, they make the PadFone X a fairly impressive hybrid at an aggressive price.

If you're searching only for a new smartphone, we would suggest picking up either the Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8, as both offer better overall performance and endurance. But if you're in the market for a smartphone and tablet in one -- and you don't want to pay extra for data -- the PadFone X is certainly worth a look. 

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Re/code

A smartphone-tablet hybrid better in concept than execution

from Re/code

Like a lot of two-in-one devices, the price of convenience comes with sacrifices. Asus PadFone X isn’t an exceptional smartphone nor is it an outstanding tablet. But if you want both and don’t have a lot of cash to spend, it’s certainly worth consideration.

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Like a lot of two-in-one devices, the price of convenience comes with sacrifices. Asus PadFone X isn’t an exceptional smartphone nor is it an outstanding tablet. But if you want both and don’t have a lot of cash to spend, it’s certainly worth consideration.

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Pocketnow

A beginner’s flagship with a tablet in the box

from Pocketnow

The PadFone X isn’t the world’s most attractive smartphone … or tablet. It’s cumbersome, it’s bulky, and whether it offers enough convenience to overcome these setbacks is an open question. In today’s cloud-oriented mobile world, the average person could easily approximate the PadFone’s convenience with a Nexus 5 and a Nexus 10 using Android’s built in handovers, or an iPad and an iPhone using Continuity...

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The PadFone X isn’t the world’s most attractive smartphone … or tablet. It’s cumbersome, it’s bulky, and whether it offers enough convenience to overcome these setbacks is an open question. In today’s cloud-oriented mobile world, the average person could easily approximate the PadFone’s convenience with a Nexus 5 and a Nexus 10 using Android’s built in handovers, or an iPad and an iPhone using Continuity.

But not for the same price. For $199, we consider ourselves lucky to get earbuds thrown in when buying a flagship smartphone. The PadFone X includes a de facto tablet in the box at that price point (and tosses in the earbuds to boot). When you lump that in with the PadFone’s powerful internals and versatile performance, it’s easy to see how this unique –if quirky– smartphone/tablet hybrid would appeal to a student, a gadget lover, or a penny-pincher. If you’re any of the above, the PadFone X stands a good chance of ringing your bell.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 6, 2014
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS
LTE
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2330 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 1200 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 1200 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 19 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.4 x 7.2 x 1.0 cm (5.7 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 150 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 441 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, White balance, Exposure value
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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