Published: February 26, 2013 8:39 AM
By Axel Mendy
Translated by: Catherine Barraclough
Asus
Asus CEO Johnny Shih took to the stage at the firm's MWC 2013 conference yesterday to present the PadFone Infinity smartphone with tablet-style docking station, as well as the 7" FonePad phablet.
 

The newly unveiled PadFone Infinity is based on the same "smartphone and docking station" concept as the original PadFone. Here, you get a 5" handset that slots into a 10.1" touchscreen tablet dock.

The PadFone Infinity smartphone boasts an aluminium finish and weighs 141 grammes. It runs on a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and will be available with 32 or 64 GB of memory. You also get 50 GB of cloud-based storage.

The smartphone is loaded with a Full HD display with 1920 x 1080 pixels—that makes 441 pixels per inch. Plus, its 5" screen has been treated to an anti-fingerprint coating. The PadFone Infinity Station has a 10.1" screen, again boasting Full HD resolution (1920 x 1200 pixels).

The Infinity has a 13-Megapixel camera and a 2-Megapixel front-facing webcam. Aperture is announced at f/2.0 and video is filmed in 1080p Full HD. Connectivity is covered by 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/g/b/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and a GPS. The whole lot runs on Android 4.2.

The PadFone Infinity smartphone has a 2400 mAh battery promising up to 19 hours of talk time over 3G. The PadFone Infinity Station has a 5000 mAh battery, boosting that to 57 hours of talk time or 20 hours of web browsing.

The PadFone is expected to launch at £799 when it lands in Europe in April.

Asus then went on to present the 7" FonePad tablet with phone functionality. This phablet has an IPS display with 1280 x 800 pixels, a 1.2 GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor, 1 GB of RAM, a Power VR SGX540 GPU and 8 GB of internal memory. The FonePad has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a GPS, as well as call capabilities.

The FonePad has a microSD card slot for boosting storage and can be loaded with a micro-SIM card. It runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1, and has a 3-Megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.2-Megapixel front-facing webcam.

The FonePad will be launching at the end of Q2 with prices starting at £179.

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