The Asus PadFone Mini is out today in Taiwan. The 7-inch tablet with 4.3-inch phone has been leaked a few times leading up to the launch so the specs are as expected - which isn’t a bad thing.

The PadFone Mini is essentially a smaller, lower-powered alternative to the PadFone Infinity. That means in this set-up you’ll get a 4.3-inch smartphone and 7-inch tablet dock. Combined you have 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon MSM8226 as the CPU backed by a meagre 1GB of RAM. That 4.3-inch screen is 960 x 540 resolution while the tablet offers 1280 x 800 - so not brilliant. There’s 16GB storage plus microSD, Android 4.3 OS, a 1500mAh phone battery and 2200mAh tablet battery.

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So while the specs aren’t much to write home about it’s nice to see Asus jumping on the mini alternative bandwagon. Plus there are a few special treats to enjoy like the camera’s Hi-Light Owl Mode combining four sensor pixels into one for a larger pixel size to improve the camera’s sensitivity before shooting.

So the specs aren’t as good as the Infinity series, but that seems to be the way with a mini model in a lot of cases like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini or HTC One Mini.

The Asus PadFone Mini will cost NT$11,990 (£246) where it can be bought in Taiwan. No European or US release date or price have been announced yet. - PAY MONTHLY PHONES The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is now available on EE who have been awarded the UK’s best network for the fifth year running. RootMetrics tested the four UK networks and EE was faster and more reliable than all of them, with better data performance. Their network has come a long way since they launched in 2012. Back then they had 11 UK cities covered by 4G. Today they cover most of the UK’s land mass, thanks to 19,000 state-of-the-art 4G sites. They’ve got faster, too – from 50Mbps to a maximum speed of 400Mbps. And they’re soon to experience even greater possibilities with the launch of 5G.

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