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Asus PadFone 2

Display Size: 4.7 inch/10.1 inch

Storage: 16/32/64 GB

Features: Still acting as a phone and tablet combo, the PadFone 2 still requires two separate pieces -- the 4.7-inch smartphone as well as a 10.1-inch tablet screen with a docking station for the phone. Unattached, the phone functions as an independent device but the tablet needs the phone docked in order to run. Asus cut out the "sync" step by designing the tablet to mirror the apps on the phone and replicate phone features by simply conjoining the two pieces of hardware. With the phone attached, the tablet can even perform talk and text features, though there are apps built for use on either the phone or the tablet, but not both. The PadFone 2 runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1 and a 1.5-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor.

Price: Around $1,000