Asus Padfone may be delayed according to rumour
Tablet/smartphone hybrid may suffer from processor shortage
Published: 3 May, 2012
There might be bad news for anyone who was planning on getting the Asus Padfone this month as there's a rumour going around that it has been delayed. The reason for the delay is because of a shortage of Qualcomm S4 chips which may well affect other devices and not just Asus's hybrid smartphone/tablet. Spreading word that the PadFone is a victim of it though is the company's twitter account for Taiwan, where the device was due to arrive at the end of April.
The tweet isn't specific to the Padfone though Asus is labelling itself as one of the companies affected by the storage so it seems logical that the Padfone is going to be a victim. What the root of the delay is hasn't been officially declared but there's some talk that the rumoured 10million pre-order Galaxy SIII's might have something to do with it.
The smartphone, which powers the tablet side of the experience, features a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, which just so happens to be the same one as the Galaxy SIII, Adreno 225 GPU and 1GB of RAM. Its screen measures 4.3" and the tablet offers a 10.1" display.
Given the fact that the Padfone was first revealed a year ago now, and has had to undergo something of a makeover before coming to market, the delay shouldn't be to much of an inconvenience to the Asus faithful. However it may be a disappointment and if it is down to the high demand for Samsung's new handset then it's only going to help sales of the handset further.
It might not be one of the mostly hotly anticipated slates out there but there is a bit of buzz surrounding it and Asus has already earned itself some respect with its Transformer tablets.