At the Computex PC trade show in Taiwan, Asus today unveiled the "Padfone."
"The Android-based Padfone has been specifically created to fulfill a demand for both smartphone and tablet users. It's a first of its kind innovation that allows you to switch seamlessly between pad and phone for a user experience that best-fits your activities, at any time. Internet access from the 3G network connection is shared between the phone and pad, as data storage is streamlined through a single storage pool."
The Padfone uses just one SIM card for both devices. Both are designed to work together to allow users to use the smartphone for many tasks. However if they need a bigger screen to perform jobs that can't be handled well by the smartphone, it can attach to the tablet for better viewing. Applications are shared between the tablet and smartphone as is the 3G access and the tablet can also serve as an extended battery for the smartphone.
Here're some screenshots of the product:
Asus showed a 4.3 inch screen Padfone for the smartphone and a 10.1 inch screen for the tablet. The tablet portion of the Padfone isn't a stand alone product; it'll need the smartphone attached to it to actually work.
Watch the Padfone in action in the video below:
Asus said it would like to see the final version of the Padfone available for sale by Christmas.