$199 Asus PadFone X Mini handset will be released by AT&T on October 24

$199 Asus PadFone X Mini handset will be released by AT&T on October 24

Asus has recently announced its PadFone X Mini handset, a low-end device essentially aimed at budget-conscious consumers. Priced at $199, the new PadFone X Mini will hit the US markets on October 24; and will be available from AT&T. The carrier will sell the handset in conjunction with its GoPhone prepaid plans.

The Asus PadFone X Mini is the first commercial smartphone boasting an Intel LTE modem - the late 2013-annonced XMM 7160 modem - which will sit alongside an Intel Atom processor on the handset.

Some of the key features of the Android-based PadFone X Mini handset include a 4.5-inch, 854 x 480 screen; an Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor; a and 5-megapixel rear camera. The handset can plug into a bigger display and virtually turn into a 7-inch tablet with a 1280 x 800 screen resolution.

The Asus PadFone X Mini handset is smaller than the company's original Padfone X smartphone - which has a 5-inch screen and can slot into a 9-inch tablet - and is also comparatively much cheaper. Since the plugging in of the PadFone X Mini into a tablet screen - like its predecessor - essentially gives the users two devices in one, its affordable $199 price tag will apparently entice a lot of consumers.

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