Multi-Use PadFone Hits Oz
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SYDNEY – Asus Australia has taken the wraps off an all-in-one Android device that it claims can be used as a smartphone or a tablet – or can be converted into a netbook (remember them?)

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Dubbed the PadFone, in basic smartphone mode it has a 4.3-inch multi-touch screen.

This can be plugged into the back of a 10.1-inch PadFone Station tablet, which can then be plugged into an optional keyboard dock to become a netbook, Asus says.It all runs on Google’s Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS and sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 8260A dual-core 1.5GHz processor.

The all-in-one device will be available at Harvey Norman stores from August 14 at $999, Asus says.