Last week Asus invited the press to the launch event of a mini variant of its hybrid PadFone series scheduled for December 11 (today) in Taiwan. The event already happened earlier this morning (timezone), where the Tawain-based electronics maker introduced the all new PadFone Mini, which is a smaller iteration of its bigger siblings, all part of the same Asus PadFone series.
The Asus PadFone Mini comes with a 4.3-inch qHD, a Snapdragon 400 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage + microSD card slot + 5GB of Asus Cloud Webstorage, 1,500 mAh battery, dual SIM capability, 8MP camera on the rear and a 2MP camera in front (the smartphone device), and a 7-inch (1280×800) tablet screen with a 2,200 mAh battery.
The hybird runs on Android 4.3 JellyBean operating system and it weighs 415g as a whole (105g the phone, 310g the tablet dock.
Asus says that the PadFone mini will be available at first in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and Russia in Red, Black and White colours for a price tag of $405 USD. Other markets will see this device soon, including Europa and the US.