The Asus Padfone, Reloaded
ASUS today announced the Padfone 2 in Taipei, and we're amongst the first in the world to be given a hands-on preview on this new device. Building upon the
success of the first PadFone - A combination device of an Android smartphone and a dockable tablet, the PadFone 2 now features higher overall specification internally with a redesigned exterior and docking system.
The ASUS PadFone 2 is a fully featured 4.7-inch Android smartphone that docks with the unique PadFone 2 Stat
A completely redesigned device, the PadFone 2 Station sports significantly reduced
thickness and weight. The combined weight of both the PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station is 649g, making it lighter than most tablets on the market. The dock mechanism has also been redesigned to only require one swift slide-in to dock the smartphone. The PadFone 2 also received an increase in screen size to 4.7-inch while reducing its thickness and weight to just 9mm at its thickest point and 135g, respectively.
A higher capacity battery of 2140mAh provides up to 16 hours of 3G talk time and 13 hours of WiFi connectivity. The PadFone 2 Station's 5000mAh battery on the other hand, gives 36 hours of 3G talk time and can recharge the docked PadFone 2 three times over.
PadFone 2 specs:
Networks: WCDMA, EDGE, GPRS, GSM, LTE, HSPA+
OS: Android 4.0 ICS (Upgradeable to Jelly Bean)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core Cortex A15 class (1.5GHz) with Adreno 320 Graphics.
Storage & memory: 16GB/ 32GB/ 64GB & 2GB DDR2 RAM
Colour: Black and White
Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, Micro SIM, 3.5mm audio jack, ASUS 13-pin dock connector (supports Micro USB 2.0 and HDMI).
Display: 4.7-inch (1280 x 720), Scratch-resistant Corning Fit Glass with HLCR Film
Main Camera: 13MP
Front Camera: 1.2MP
Dimension: 137.9 x 69 x 9mm
PadFone 2 Station specs:
Colour: Black and White
Display: 10.1-inch (1280x800), Scratch resistant Corning Fit Glass with HLCR Film.
Camera: 1MP front, 13MP via PadFone 2 rear camera.
Battery: 19Wh (5000mAh)
Connecivity: 3.5mm audio jack via PadFone 2, ASUS 13-pin dock connector (Micro USB host)
External Phone antenna: WiFi, Bluetooth, GSM, WCDMA & LTE
Audio: High-quality speaker with ASUS SonicMaster technology.
Pricing & Availability:
The PadFone 2 will be launched before the end of December in Europe and Asia
(Malaysia included). Details of the availability is subjected to change. Pricing
to be announced.