What's good

  • Easy to use
  • Dual SIM support
  • Responsive, clean interface
  • Price

What's bad

  • Specs are average at best
  • No LTE support
  • No flash
  • No front-facing camera in tablet configuration
  • Mediocre battery life

ASUS’ PadFone series has always turned heads. With the hybrid phone and tablet design, it is certainly one of the more unique devices currently on the market. The latest model reduces the size of the device, as well as cost and performance. Reviews for the device are, on the whole, positive. Let’s break it down and look at some of the highs and lows of this new device.

With the phone portion of the device sporting a 4.3-inch display, both the construction of the device and comfortable grip receive plenty of praise from multiple reviewers. Lynn La of CNET mentions, “It sports a sheen, soft-touch coating that lends a premium feel to them. During my brief time with it, the smartphone did indeed feel small, and I could easily navigate it with one hand.” Tom Morgan of Expert Reviews says the phone is, “Well-suited to anyone that prefers a more compact smartphone.”

The 7-inch tablet dock gets similar reviews as well. Expert Reviews says, “It's thicker than a stand-alone tablet, but not significantly so.” While a few reviews mentioned the thickness, all agree that it is well-balanced and light enough for comfortable extended use and portability.

Both displays are fairly average in terms of resolution. However, this does not appear to impact clarity or functionality in any way. CNET points out that, “You can use the display with gloves on, as well as a regular pen (as supposed to a stylus) to navigate through the screen.” Stewart Hastons of Mobile Geeks sums up many reviews of the device when he states, “The 7-inch LCD screen on the PadFone mini is not a bad screen by any accounts.”

It appears that in many ways, ASUS decided to opt for increased options over cutting-edge specifications. However, reviewers are quick to point out that the device is plenty responsive and more than capable of multitasking and performing most tasks. John V of PhoneArena states, “performance felt buttery smooth, even on the tablet's big screen.”

The hybrid design appears to be well-researched and work well. Mobile Geeks notes, “The place where it really shines is in terms of its flexibility. The transition from Phone to Tablet is very smooth and (almost) seamless. I’d say the actual transition is remarkably fast, taking literally two to three seconds to switch from phone to tablet – tablet to phone but other 3rd Party apps don’t fare as well.”

Unfortunately, there are a few potential shortcomings. Mobile Geeks point out that “heavier users would need a bit of help from a battery pack.” Also, while the phone supports dual SIM cards, support for LTE bands is lacking.

Overall, if you are looking for a hybrid mobile device, PhoneArena sums up the bulk of reviews best when they state that the Asus PadFone Mini “looks to be offering more value than its price would suggest.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
4.3"
Camera
8+ MP



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Common Questions


Asus released the PadFone Mini on March 20, 2014.


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Screen Size
4.3"

The Asus PadFone Mini's screen size is 4.3 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Dual core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

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

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1500 mAh battery. Asus's performance ratings are 1320 minutes.

PadFone Mini Specs

Overview
Release date March 20, 2014
Regions available USA, UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Dual core 1.4 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.486 W/kg
Body: 0.396 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1320 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 4.8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Pink
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.9 x 6.6 x 0.9 cm (5.1 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 105 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 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel density 233 pixels
Size 4.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
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 Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
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
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
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 No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WAV
Radio No
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
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Manual (PDF)
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