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June 16th 2014 5:34 pm

What do you want to know about the ASUS PadFone X?



Engadget's review of the ASUS PadFone X will be going live soon. For those interested in the device, now is your chance to ask questions about it, before our review goes live! Is there something you want to know about this phone-to-tablet transformer before you're able to read our take? Ask away below and we'll get Engadget associate editor Chris Velazco to jump in and answer your questions.

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IceCreamTruck

Does the PadFone X dock with the international Padfone Infinity Station? This would be great, as many people hate the 8.9" tablet with the huge bezel, and Infinity Stations are available on eBay for ~$250. Thanks!
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VTEChump

Would like to know this as well. Phones have similar dimensions, but not sure about docking ports.
http://www.phonearena.com/phones/compare/Asus-PadFone-X,Asus-PadFone-Infinity,Asus-PadFone-Infinity-2/phones/8277,7749,8432
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ChrisVelazco

Alas, I don't have a Padfone Infinity Station to test with, but I really doubt it. The X's edges sort of flare out at an angle while the Infinity played it straight.
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xProteus

This...
I've been scouring the internet to know if the connectors are actually the same and if the phones (x & infinity) are interchangable... I really like the infinity phone but not so much the infinity station. I like the front facing speakers of the x station more....
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JoeTips

when you compare this package to the infinity package, it seems that the US market is getting a cheap, be-bezeled, inferior product. Why was this released when the infinity is such a better product and a better representation of the product as a whole? I love the concept behind a smartphone and full tablet, but this cheap wreck seems like it will sink the product before it has a chance to float. Sorry for the boat references.
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ChrisVelazco

Don't mean to give away the entire review, but you're absolutely right. The X seems like a distinct step down from Infinity, and I doubt ASUS is going to get the sort of sales it's hoping for.
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JoeTips

Which makes me sad because I so badly want to see a phone/tablet dock work in the US.
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ChrisVelazco

That's basically my conclusion in a nutshell. This concept is awfully kooky but dammit, it deserves someone to execute on it well around here.
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VTEChump

+1,000,000,000
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Tube

Will either device support ASUS's pressure sensitive stylus? Also, can I get it unlocked to use on T-Mobile?
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b22ri22an

While I am not sure on the stylus, I have inquired about the unlocking. After an extensive conversation with AT&T the procedure is as follows. 1) you must purchase the device at full unsubsidized price 2) you must be an AT&T service customer in good standing for 90 days on the device in question. So after forking over $549 for the Padfone X you then have to shell out at the very minimum of $135 over the course of 90 days for service you didn't want. Then they will provide you with an unlock code in 5 to 7 business days of your request after meeting the above criteria.
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NGnerd

What's it like to use as a net book replacement (not many reviews of the hard keyboard out there)? Does the at&t phone insurance cover the tablet dock screen as well? Are the compromises worth the cost savings? Thanks.
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ChrisVelazco

Really wasn't a fan of the keyboard experience -- it makes the entire package way too heavy, and the cramped key layout is frustrating at best. I really, really wanted to like it, but now I'm a sad panda.
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henri2398

Asus PadFone X has been launched and if you want to know about the review in details before you purcahse it. Then get the details form here - www.mytechgalaxy.com­/asus­-padfone­-x­-review
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MarkKounalis

I have had the Asus Padfone X for about three months now, and it has been a pretty good experience until recently. In the last month I have been experiencing random reboots. The phone will reboot just sitting there, or in the middle of an active phone call. AT&T has sent me out two phones (the most recent of which I should get here this coming Monday) and so far it is still having the issue. I have done a factory reset of the phone, and ran it for a while without installing any applications at all on it after the reset. The phone rebooted in the middle of a phone conversation again. AT&T is telling me that they have had a lot of issues with people returning the phone and getting warranty replacements, with some having to have as many as five handset swaps before their issues (some similar to mine) have been resolved. I am curious to know if anyone else out there is having any of these issues? They happen if the phone is plugged into the tablet, or when the phone is on it's own. This happens if the phone has never been plugged into the tablet since it's last reboot, but does seem to happen a bit more often if I have the phone in the tablet or the phone was at some time in the tablet since the last reboot. AT&T has sent me out a new tablet each time with each new handset, so I don't think I have a fault tablet.

Also, I am reading that the battery in the tablet will charge the phone when the phone is docked. I am not seeing this at all. The only time I see that the phone is charging is when the tablet portion is plugged into a USB charger. Otherwise, the phone reports that it is not charging. I see the phone battery go down as well as the tablet battery go down - I don't see the phone staying the same - so I am wondering - is there a setting somewhere to turn on the ability for the tablet to charge the phone when the tablet is not connected to a power source?

One other comment that might or might not make a difference - I do have a 32gb SD card installed in the Padfone. I only mention that because other phones have had issues with SD cards. If in fact it's the SD card, I would have to ask then if the Padfone is a fully baked solution. I mean - if the phone can't operate with a SD card installed (which is a Samsung SD card FYI) then what is the usefulness of the phone?

I would love to hear anyone's opinions about either of these two topics. Thanks!
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