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72
Engadget
Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
72

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Engadget Review

ASUS' Padfone X promises seamless switching between phone and tablet modes, but the company's execution doesn't live up to expectations. While some might like the curious combo for its low price tag, most people would be better served by two separate devices.

Pros
  • Good display quality on both the phone and tablet
  • Ample horsepower
  • On-contract price is just right
Cons
  • Switching between phone and tablet modes can be awkward
  • Uninspired, clunky design
  • Speaker quality leaves much to be desired
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Scores

Engadget

72
 

User Reviews

80
Tory Wentworth Ward
Love the phone!!!! It's by far the most amazing piece of tech I've bought so...read more
90
Noah Haines
I'm not really sure what exactly drew me to the Padfone X, but after using it,...read more
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Model
AT&T

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
522
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Carriers (US)
AT&T

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Camera

Camera
Yes (13 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Dun, Hid, Opp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Ogg, Wav, Wma) (Avi, Divx, H264, Mpeg4, Wmv, Xvid) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
Gsm, Lte

Display

Screen size
5 inches
Screen resolution
1920 x 1080
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
2.3 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
Model
PadFone S

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
522
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Carriers (US)
AT&T

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Camera

Camera
Yes (13 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Dun, Hid, Opp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Ogg, Wav, Wma) (Avi, Divx, H264, Mpeg4, Wmv, Xvid) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia

Radio type

Comm standard
Gsm, Lte

Display

Screen size
5 inches
Screen resolution
1920 x 1080
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
2.3 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope

Other features

Flight mode
Yes