First look: ASUS PadFone X

ASUS teases its first US handset

ASUS PadFone X

ASUS has finally done it – launched a PadFone in the US, we mean. In fact, the Taiwanese vendor has made such a to-do about the whole thing that the handset in question, the PadFone X, will be exclusive to the states both geographically and through its carrier of choice, AT&T, when the dual-mode (surprise, surprise) phone lands in mid-2014.

While ASUS isn't yet ready for folks to go hands-on with the device(s), the company was kind enough to display the PadFone X behind a teasing glass cube during its CES 2014 unveiling. Both the 5-inch phone (1920 x 1080) and 9-inch tablet dock (1920 x 1200) sport full HD, TFT LED-backlit touch screens, and it shows even beneath glass.

ASUS PadFone X
This is the phone – psych!

Powering those screens is the "latest Qualcomm Snapdragon" processor. (ASUS is still being coy regarding some details, including price.) ASUS has opted to give the PadFone X the latest everything, really, with Android. 4.4 KitKat on board, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC as well.

ASUS PadFone X
That's one tiny tablet...

ASUS PadFone X
Looks silky smooth

At first glance, the PadFone X is one slick device, with heavily curved edges all around amounting to a 0.39-inch thin phone and 0.46-inch slim tablet. The devices have a matte black plastic finish that we can't wait to get our hands on later this year.

ASUS PadFone X
What a tease

It's interesting to see ASUS bring such an obtuse (albeit exciting) handset to the US as its first. The success of the PadFone X could determine ASUS's future in the US mobile market, so no pressure, guys.

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