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Asus has unveiled the PadFone 2, a follow-up to its phone-tablet device released earlier in 2012. The update is set to reach store shelves in Europe before the end of December.
Rather than being a single device halfway between a phone and a tablet — what some call a 'phablet' — the Padfone is a 4.7-inch Android smartphone that can be docked with its accompanying 10.1-inch tablet station.
That gives people a more full-featured experience than with the handset alone. For example, business users get access to SuperNote, which converts handwritten notes into editable text, and an instant translation tool for words in emails, web pages and apps.
The PadFone 2, like its predecessor, promises an "instant transition between smartphone and tablet screen sizes", Asus said in a statement.
The PadFone 2 was introduced by Asus chairman Jonney Shih in Milan on Tuesday.