MWC 2013: Asus Presents PadFone Infinity and FonePad
Two-in-one devices from Asus
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.