It looks like the upcoming ASUS PadFone X will be usable in a third mode – a laptop mode – via an “ASUS Mobile Dock Keyboard (PF-06)” that has been revealed through documents and images the company has submitted to the FCC.
Based on the documents ASUS sent to the FCC, the keyboard will attach to the PadFone via magnets and will connect via Bluetooth. The keyboard also forgoes large internal batteries for sharing power with the PadFone and instead will only contain a small 450mAh battery just to power the Bluetooth module and the keyboard dock’s multi-touch trackpad. The ASUS Mobile Dock Keyboard is also missing a microSD slot and other ports opting to only have a micro USB port strictly for charging the accessory’s small battery cell.
The keyboard dock’s manual, which was also submitted to the FCC, shows that the device’s multi-touch trackpad will support basic gestures and the device’s keyboard will feature an array of special function keys for easier navigation of the PadFone X.
The ASUS PadFone X was revealed earlier this year at CES and for the US it will be carried exclusively by AT&T. The PadFone X’s smartphone component will feature a 5-inch display at a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a 13-migapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 2300mAh battery. The tablet component will feature a 9-inch screen with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, a 1-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 4,990mAh battery. The duo of devices will be powered by a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory (expandable via microSD), all of which will be housed in the PadFone X’s phone component which acts as the 2-in-1 device’s brains.
Pricing and release date information on the PadFone X and the ASUS Mobile Dock Keyboard have yet to be revealed by ASUS and it seems that this new information on the keyboard could be the reason for ASUS’s delay in announcing the PadFone X’s price and release date. The documents didn’t mention if the company was planning to bundle the accessory with the PadFone X or sell it separately.