Just when I ranted why we don’t see more Padfone-like products, TransPhone appeared. Like Asus’ baby, it too is a combo device, with tablet “part” acting as a shell for the phone. However, it’s rather a mediocre smartphone with specs that won’t impress anyone.
The phone itself comes with a 3.5-inch screen, single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity, 5-megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing one, GPS, Bluetooth and a memory card slot. The tablet shell has a 7-inch screen and a battery of its own (like the Padfone).
Price wise, the TransPhone along with TransPad could be yours for $429.99, which is everything but a deal — as you can buy such phone and tablet separately and still save few bucks.
There are also other options: you can get an additional TransPad for $140, or an additional TransPhone for $379. Family Pack is also available, packing 2 TransPhones and 2 TransPads + 1 extra Charger, for $999.
We can’t really suggest anyone to get the TransPhone. If you do like the concept but don’t want to pay a premium, perhaps you should wait for the price cut of the original Padfone which will undoubtedly follow the Padfone 2 announcement.