Asus PadFone X: Unboxing & Review

by birtanpublished on May 7, 2021

Hey guys Mike here the Detroit Board with a look at the asou spat phone X 480 this is available for $1.99 on contract and it's pretty much a value proposition you get a high-end five inch Android smartphone plus a 9 inch tablet but the thing is the phone actually powers the tablet so in order for the tablet to work the phone actually has to be connected this also means you only have one internet connection on one data connection to pay for so you have to pay for a tethering connection or pay for a secondary internet connection on the tablet so it's kind of a nice option to have alright so let's go ahead and flip

This over we're going to peel this little plastic tab here flip it over again pop open the lid so the first thing we see here is the tablet dock so you can see on the back we have the dock for the phone let's go ahead and peel off this plastic here now we'll take a closer look at this once we get to the phone of course it does not work until the phone is connected here so under this tray will find our paperwork including a QuickStart guide for telling you how to use this phone and clean the hardware features and the software features which we'll explore in this

Video now we have our phone this is that 5-inch seuss phone that includes NFC and wireless charging built right in let's go ahead and peel this off so again this is a 5-inch display full 1080p HD that's good for 441 pixels per inch so we'll take a closer look at that in just a minute while we take a look at the accessories here I'm just going to remove this now they do include a pair of a sous branded earphones including this remote control no line controls just a click button and a microphone you can see these are in your headphones and they do give us replacement ear tips we

Also have on the Zeus branded USB wall adapter for charging both the tablet and the phone and then we have a micro USB 2.0 cable for charging and syncing your devices and on the other side we have our warranty information as well as important notices and regulatory information alright so let's take a close look at the PadFone again a 5-inch display super IPS which has a pixel density of 441 again this is a full HD display you can see that the bezels are fairly small so it's fairly compact feels perfect in my hand I think it's the perfect size

Beautiful high-resolution display thing that looks pretty good up top you'll find our earpiece right next to the 2 megapixel front-facing camera they also find all of your sensors here your proximity sensor your light sensor you also find a really small and kind of dim notification LED light just in the upper right corner I'll tour the bottom you can see we have on screen Android controls which save some space along the bezel to keep it nice and compact now toward the back we have our 13 megapixel rear facing camera which can record video at 4k resolution

We also have our loudspeaker and an LED flash we have our 18 T branding you can see we have this nice kind of textured material as this nice finish actually feels really nice in the hand aisle toward the bottom we have a microphone along with a micro USB port which is flanked by these two pin holes for connecting to the tablet dock along the right hand side you'll find your vine rocker and your sleep/wake button along the top you'll find the headphone jack and the noise cancellation microphone now the back panel of this phone is removable here you basically use the USB

Port or the bomb to pry off the back panel you can see the back panel integrates both NFC and wireless charging so you can see all the electrical connections right here which interfaces with a phone right there again the battery is sealed in here 2300 milliamp hours so a fairly average sized bearing now removing the back panel gives us access to the micro SIM tray along with the micro SD card slot this does support 64 gig cards and the pad phone comes standard with 16 gigs internally alright so the next thing to take a look at is the tablet dock which

Is basically just a battery a display and a dock for the phone the phone does all the work of course we do have a few buttons here with a volume rocker along these side for adjusting the volume for the internal speakers on the tablet as well as the sleep/wake button for putting the tablet to sleep we also have our micro USB charging port so there is an internal battery in here for powering the display again this is four thousand nine hundred and ninety milliamp hours almost five thousand so this does supply its own powers not powered entirely by the phone and then if you look at the

Dock itself you can see that we have this sort of a plastic metal trim piece it kind of looks like metal but it picks up on the design elements of the phone itself along the edge along the inside you can see there's quite a bit going on here you have these friction fittings along the side and then if you look down here if you look at the port you'll see that we have a micro USB charging port or and the data port for connecting to the phone and then we have those pins on either side of the dock now on the front we have a 9 inch display with a resolution of 19

20 by 1200 so it's a bit better than a 1080p display and we also have these front-facing stereo speakers which are quite nice again those are controlled by the volume control on my tablet itself we also have a 1 megapixel front facing camera which is unfortunately a lesser camera than the one that's included with the phone so this can't do 1080p like the 2 megapixel camera can on the phone but also have an ambient light sensor and an LED notification light now until the phone is connected this tablet doesn't work you can hit that power button nothing happens so let's go ahead

And connect the phone here so we're just going to slide it in you can get a low vibration a little tone that's connected and the display wakes up immediately so basically it's transferred the display of the phone to the tablet so you can unlock the phone and move around it's basically a scaled up version of the OS that comes on the phone very little is different here but we're going to explore that so as you can see here we have a fairly ample bezel that goes around this display and I think part of the reason is the fact that this does have a keyboard accessory which I don't

Have here but you can get a keyboard accessory that allows you to turn this basically into a laptop and of course you do need some width for a full size keyboard so it looks like they just added the width for that keyboard dock now of course it does give you plenty of room to hold onto the tablet without actually touching the screen now if you look in the status bar up top you'll find that we have two battery values to look at both the tablet's battery and the phone's battery now you can charge these simultaneously but what happens is is that the phone charges first and then

The tablet begins charging now once you remove the phone from the dock you can see turns off the display on the tablet goes right to the phone itself and again reconnect it to the dock wakes it up right away and you're good to go now let's say you're looking at an app on your pad phone and you want to take it to your tablet all you have to do is dock the phone and as you can see it's loaded the app and picked up where you last left off so for example let's go ahead and open up one of these articles ok so now we're on this article and let's go back to our phone let's remove

Our phone here and there we go it's picked up where we last left off on the tablet now when your phone is docked you can receive phone calls and answer them directly on your tablet and notice the SMS app also carries over to the tablet experience as well all right so let's take a basic look at the user interface starting with Allah screen so you can see on the lock screen we can swipe to unlock if you like it again you can see we do have these shortcuts here for launching key apps you can't adjust this under settings so for example if you want to launch the

Browser just swipe and launches the WebKit browser that comes with the Isuzu phone you can also swipe up to launch Google now it takes you right to Google now you can say okay Google launched YouTube now from the home screen you can swipe up to get to Google now as well you can swipe down to get to the notification shade as you can see here the quick standing toggles are not present until you press up here so you get to all your quick setting toggles including your brightness now you can also use a two-finger gesture to get to all of them so we have cast screen which

Allows us to wirelessly broadcast our display to a mirror cast compatible device like a Samsung Smart TV as I have in my case you also tap and hold on any one of these icons to get right to the Settings panel now we have something called reading mode which only works with certain book reading apps like play books this will dim the display make it a warmer color to make reading a more pleasant experience now we also have something called smart saving which is a battery saving feature you can tap and hold on this to get to the control panel as you can see your battery history as

Well so you have ultra safe ultra saving mode which you enable maximizes the battery life and disconnects the network connections when the device is suspended optimize mode extends the battery life and always keeps the network connection this is on by default and you have customized mode which allows you to change the behavior for specific actions when in power saving mode now on the home screen you can tap and hold anywhere on the home screens to get to your apps your widgets your wallpapers or edit the pages if you go to edit the pages there you can add additional pages

Or trash pages so for example you can add a page or we can take it up to remove and you can select which one you want to be the home screen by doing that as well so again you can also pinch in and out to do the same thing can also tap and hold to get to our apps so this is our app drawer you can also get to the after right here you can see you can slide through them now you can see it's organized by frequently open the apps are downloaded apps as well as all of our apps you can see with that we do have some 18t apps we have a lot of google apps and some of soos apps now in

Terms of wallpaper there's an interesting one here so let's go to home and lock screen you can see if we scroll over here we have my water so this is a wallpaper that basically reacts to the accelerometer in the and indicates the power level of your phone so you can see we're at 84% so you can see the water comes up to about 84 percent on the screen we're going to set both here now under the Settings panel there's not a whole life airlie close to stock so for example we do have power management this allows us to set our power management mode which I showed you

Using the quick setting cycles we also have our power consumption table to show us exactly what's using all of our power another thing I want to take a look at is dynamic display lists now these are all the apps that will automatically scale up to the size of the tablet so for example if you're looking at one of these apps on the phone and you transfer it to the tablet it'll scale up automatically but not all apps are included here so you have to go to edit and then you can see all the apps that have been selected for this mode that includes most of the first party apps

And the apps that 18t have added but a lot of the apps that you've downloaded are not included here that includes Chrome so Chrome and live the other Google apps are not enabled for this feature so that's where you go to enable it so for example we have Google Play movies & TV and that is not enabled for dynamic display so let me show you what happens if you go and connect an app that doesn't have this feature enabled yet so we're playing the movie let's go ahead and dock our phone into the tablet so now you get this dynamic display pop-up and you can select the action you

Prefer so I'm going to go ahead and add it to my dynamic display list so it takes you to the control panel on the tablet I'm going to go ahead and select it so now if I dock my phone while the movie is playing you can see it launches the movie right where it last left off now this also gives me a chance to show off the front facing stereo speakers which sound really good just to gold will on the fetch we also have the PadFone charging policy settings this basically allows you to customize how the tablet charges the

Phone so we have intelligent moment basically the phone has to be pretty depleted before the tablet starts charging your phone we also have phone preferred mode basically that if you enable this it will constantly charge the phone when it's connected to the tablet we also have power pack mode basically this will turn off the tablet and use it as a charging station as opposed to a tablet now we can also enable screen shot mode which basically allows us to use the recent apps key to take a screen shot like so now normally the Android keys are pretty basic here

So we have swipe up to launch Google now we have the home button we have the back button and then we have recent apps and there really is no duplicated functions on those keys now let me just quickly show you the camera app which does have tap to focus you can also tap and hold to lock focus and exposure as well as white balance you can take your photograph you can record video you can switch between the front-facing and rear-facing camera like so we also have our filters that sort thing that's available we have our Settings panel which is kind of nice the settings

Palette has a lot of features here and basically if you just scroll through it actually takes you through all your available settings you want to click between the camera mode and the video mode you can customize your white balance your ISO settings here like so your exposure values optimization so you can use auto on or off camera resolution shooting mode that sort of things are lots of options right there and then we can zoom in and out by using this little slider here but you can also pinch in and out as well you can also tap and hold on the camera key to take a bunch

Of photos all at once and then you can select which one you want to be your favorite now as you can see here under camera resolution you have up to 13 megapixels if you go to our video resolution down here you can see we have up to 4k now unfortunately 4k is a slow frame rate for case like 18 frames per second or something like that I'm not sure what it is but it's less than 30 less than 24 so I'll throw up some samples just to show you at the end the frame rate of the 4k video Full HD is also 24 frames per second so 30 frames per second so

It's kind of a strange frame rate for these settings now when you activate the camera app it's actually activating the camera on the phone so you have a live interface with the camera on the phone now the interesting thing here is that on 4 optionally it dials back the performance of the camera when it's attached to the tablet so for example the resolution of the still camera is limited to five point five at most instead of thirteen same with video unfortunately that means you cannot use 4k video here so at best you have HD video recording here 720 not

1080 now I'm not sure why that is this is a pre-production unit so things may change before it's finally released now the tablet basically has the same interface as the phone the same drop down menu the same Settings panel all the same settings the same apps that are installed you can swipe on the right to get to your quick settings toggles you can swipe on the left to get to your notifications you can swipe between your home pages page in and out to edit them you can tab them hold on one of the home screens as well to bring up your editor pretty much the same experience as well

But the tablet experience is customized you can change your wallpaper you can change the arrangement of the apps or the apps that appear on the screen but if you make any changes to the app content so for example if you remove an app you're removing it from the phone because again you're actually interacting with a phone and this is just a scale up version of the display on your phone now the keyboard is also adapted for tablet mode so for example you can split it apart you can move it around or you can rejoin it in terms of internal specs we have a Snapdragon 800

Processor clocked at 2.3 gigahertz with 2 gigs of RAM these scores from Geekbench 3 are actually right in line with other high-end phones right now you can see the single core score on the LG g3 is the same as the pad phone they actually the multi-core score bests the score on the LG g3 now this may not be an accurate representation of performance because this is running a newer processor than the stamp Dragon 800 in here but you can see this is right up there with the best smartphones right now now think ultimately when it comes down

To purchasing the phone it's based largely on the phone itself which i think is pretty decent it doesn't look terribly interesting it's not made out of premium materials but it's nice and light weights a very lightweight phone fairly large screen 5 inches which is very close to the galaxy s5 and certainly much bigger than the iPhone has a really high resolution 1080p display that's right up there with the best of them out there right now so deadly impress with the phone unit overall has pretty decent speaker sound quality is pretty good call quality is

Pretty good and the future said is pretty minimal it's not a heavily skinned version of Android so it's actually a pretty smooth running now the tablet is a little less impressive than the phone it's bulky and thick and heavy it's 1.7 pounds versus one pound or less on most large tablets today like the iPad air so it's kind of a bulky tablet it seems to be best suited for a laptop type of setup so if you get a keyboard and need a laptop that he'll cellular connectivity and don't want to pay for an extra day the plan this is kind of an interesting

Option and again you can place phone calls receive text messages all on your tablet while your phone is docked it's also a charging station for your phone so it's kind of like a battery backup for your phone which is kind of nice to have so at no extra cost you get a high-resolution tablet with LTE and 3G capabilities with stereo front-facing speakers a 13 megapixel camera with an LED flash and impressive internal specs with additional battery power so definitely an impressive solution overall alright guys so that's going to do for me in this video hope you enjoyed

It and I'll see you again in the next one

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