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We've already seen some early sneak peeks of what is now rumoured to be Asus' PadFone (that too a rumour in itself) and with only hours to go until Asus' press conference the day before Computex kicks off, a picture that is meant to be the phone part has leaked. This time the leak seems to be accurate though, as Asus has posted a more cropped version of the same picture on its techinstyle.tv website.

Updated: More detailed pictures leaked

We've already seen some early sneak peeks of what is now rumoured to be Asus' PadFone (that too a rumour in itself) and with only hours to go until Asus' press conference the day before Computex kicks off, a picture that is meant to be the phone part has leaked. This time the leak seems to be accurate though, as Asus has posted a more cropped version of the same picture on its techinstyle.tv website.

We're still not too sure about what we're looking at, but everything is pointing towards a smartphone with a tablet “dock”. This would help explain the thicker part at the back of the tablet design that Asus already posted some preview pictures of. Add do this the new picture of what for what it's worth looks a bit like an Acer designed Android handset on top of a glossy surface, presumably the screen of the tablet part with the Asus design logo on its edge and you can start adding things up.

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Asus has also hinted at something heading down this route on its Facebook page. That said, the PadFone (if this is the final name of the device) is only one of several devices that will be announced tomorrow. It's also worth keeping in mind that not everything that's being shown at Computex will enter production, as we're still missing several of the products shown by Asus at last year's event. Check back with us tomorrow evening and it should all be revealed.

Update: Much more detailed pictures of Asus’ soon to be announced PadFone has appeared and it’s not very clear that the handset slots into a compartment at the rear of the tablet. What we’re looking at definitely something new in the market and a concept that should make it much more affordable to own a tablet and a smartphone, at least for those that want both devices.

asus padfone 2 Asus PadFone leaked ahead of launch

The smartphone half has a docking connector along one of its edges and the entire handset is fitted inside a compartment at the rear of the tablet. The camera is still usable through a small opening at the back. The whole concept is a stroke of genius, at least as long as the phone hardware is up to the task of powering the larger tablet screen.

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There are still a lot of unanswered questions that even these new pictures don’t hold an answer too, but which we should hopefully get answered within the next five hours or so. The tablet itself appears to be a 10-inch device and it also seems to have its own front mounted camera and a pair of rear speakers. It also appears to sport a micro HDMI port, an audio jack or two and some kind of docking connector, but that’s all that we can say for now. So check back with us later today and we’ll bring you the full details of the PadFone. 

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Source: Notebook Italia, Pocketnow