Asus demos Thunderbolt display, PadFone docking monitor at Computex

Asus unveiled a docking monitor that’s designed for use with its PadFone at Computex 2012. The display uses an IPS panel and has a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels so that the aspect ratio comes out at 16:10. There are also HDMI, VGA, DVI and four USB 3.0 ports in case you want to use it as a standalone monitor.

The connection for the PadFone is located in the base and consists of a holder in which the smart phone on its side is to be retracted. Through the HDMI output, the image is transferred and the USB port on the phone is connected to the USB hub on the left of the monitor. Asus monitor features a 24-inch 1920 x 1200 display with a dock built into the base for the Padfone that aims to turn your touchscreen smartphone into an all-in-one PC controller via the more traditional mouse and keyboard set up.

The monitor offers four USB 3.0 ports along with a wireless keyboard and mouse connected to it by the Android interface to navigate. The screen can also simply be controlled by a computer, using display port, HDMI, DVI or VGA cable.

Expected to launch sometime in the fall, the Padfone boasts Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 and Adreno 225 graphics, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, 1GB of RAM, up to 63GB of flash memory and up to 32GB via MicroSD, an 8-megapixel camera (0.3 VGA up front for video calls), and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich).

No word on a release date, but the Docking Monitor will eventually go on sale in the US. In terms of pricing we’re hearing mixed reports, although the general consensus seems to be around the $900 mark, which does make it one very expensive accessory.



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