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  • ECS Demos Padfone-Like Protoype At Computex



    Apparently Asus wasn't the only one thinking of ways to combine smartphones and tablets in a Voltron-esque fashion. Computer maker ECS, hours after Asus debuted the Padfone, demoed a non-functional iPhone like Padfone prototype.

    The ECS offering is essentially a 9.7" iPhone tablet dock. Once the iPhone is inserted into the device, it outputs the iPhones video via HMDI to the larger tablet display. In addition to the larger screen the tablet housing adds an SD card slot, a front-facing camera, and two USB ports.

    The most promising aspect of the device is it will work across multiple platforms, and be compatible with future phone models using "simple upgrades." It is interesting that ECS would allow the device to be used with multiple platforms, perhaps the connector in the docking slot is modular and can be changed out depending on the phone that is going to be inserted.

    While it appears that the tablet dock itself will not run any software, one has to wonder if some sort of proprietary software will need to run on the phone to allow the larger touch surface of the tablet housing to manipulate the smaller device. I don't see Apple sanctioning something like this, but perhaps the Jailbreak community is where device could flourish. It is a smart move to say that this is not an Apple only accessory though. If it were easily attainable, and worked well with Apple products, but was not marketed as such, ECS might be able to skirt some of the legal trouble Apple could dish out.

    It's an interesting accessory, and its hinted price point of $200 doesn't seem too ridiculous. Intriguing though it may be, the odds seem stacked against ECS's tablet dock in coming to market.

    Source: ITProPortal
    This article was originally published in forum thread: ECS Demos Padfone-Like Protoype At Computex started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. WTFX's Avatar
      WTFX -
      No need for iPad if this works well, but will the screen have multitouch as well?
      I wonder how they would implement that..
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      next line up is "the humancentipad"
    1. franzli's Avatar
      franzli -
      i wanna see the front part of the screen.
    1. Joshuawilde's Avatar
      Joshuawilde -
      i hope it works with the ipod touch 4g too because that looks awesom
    1. Spaceman1701's Avatar
      Spaceman1701 -
      Quote Originally Posted by franzli View Post
      i wanna see the front part of the screen.
      Agreed.
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bluprint View Post
      next line up is "the humancentipad"
      yes!
    1. daytonaviolet's Avatar
      daytonaviolet -
      but how will this work with hd apps? when installing an ipad app, one is suppose to use the hd version for the ipad. i dont think the iphone can download the HD version of apps. if not, then then this tablet will only display non HD apps.. it may not look that well

      great concept non the less.
    1. Muff!nMan's Avatar
      Muff!nMan -
      Very interesting! Consider this: A case for Apple savvy techies. It is a case for BOTH an iPhone and an iPad. There is a battery in some empty space, that can power both devices.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by WTFX View Post
      No need for iPad if this works well, but will the screen have multitouch as well?
      I wonder how they would implement that..
      If they copy everything from the padfone, then yes. it will have a touch screen.
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by WTFX View Post
      No need for iPad if this works well, but will the screen have multitouch as well?
      I wonder how they would implement that..
      I don't think this will work well with the iPhone, iPod, etc. considering all the patent Apple has put on their technologies and software. I really can't see a how this can be an iPad replacement.