ASUS is showing off a docking monitor for the Padfone, allowing users to place their smartphone-turned-tablet into a dedicated place and access all of the apps on a big screen. The way I see it – that’s what the future holds, with majority of Office folks using their computers this way. After all, today’s smartphones are more powerful than desktop PCs were just a couple of years ago.
Back to that monitor dock. It can also work as a regular monitor, though I guess that’s not the point here. The 27-inch display renders resolution of 1920×1200 pixels and aside from standard monitor ports (HDMI, VGA, DVI), it also sports four USB 3.0 ports on the side so you can add external storage, wireless mouse and so on. It’s important to emphasize that it’s not a touchscreen and all your interactions with apps are conducted using a keyboard and mouse. On one hand, this makes for a somewhat awkward Android experience, while on the other – it makes the monitor dock that much cheaper.
ASUS’ representative said that this neat “accessory” will be released in the U.S. — and we guess other parts of the world — though he couldn’t say when that will happen exactly. Hopefully the Taiwanese company won’t repeat its flop with Padfone again, leaving us to wait for almost a year to see it released to the general public…