Today, computer maker ASUS made official the successor of its phone-in-tablet PadFone, confirming most of the features that have been previously leaked on the device.Dubbed PadFone 2, the new device arrives on shelves not only with a larger display, but also with improved overall performance, being capable of providing users with a better experience than before.
The smartphone comes to the market with a 4.7-inch 720p Super IPS+ touchscreen display based on Sharp's IGZO technology and capable of delivering up to 550nits of brightness, as well as with a quad-core APQ8064 SoC from Qualcomm packed inside.
On the back, the new device sports a 13-megapixel photo snapper with support for full HD video recording courtesy of Sony’s f/2.4 BSI sensor, complemented by a 1.2-megapixel front camera for making video calls.
The handset runs under Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform at the moment, yet ASUS says that it won’t take long before the newer Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS flavor is being delivered to the device.
Additionally, the new ASUS smartphone comes with a slimmer PadFone Station slate that has left the docking bay cover aside, the guys over at Engadget report.
The specifications list of this device also includes 2GB of RAM, along with WCDMA 900/2,100MHz plus LTE 800/1,800/2,600MHz connectivity, NFC, and a 2,140mAh fixed battery.
Users also get access to 50GB ASUS WebStorage for a period of two years (there is no microSD memory card slot available with the device, and it makes sense for ASUS to provide customers with additional storage space).
The slate too has been improved, now featuring a 10.1-inch 1,280 x 800 IPS display, a 5,000mAh battery, a new 13-pin connector that is present on the handset as well, and which is also compatible with micro-USB, and a weight trimmed down to 514g.
The smartphone is expected to become available for purchase in Taiwan as soon as next week in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB flavors, with price tags ranging from NT$17,990 to NT$21,901 (about $620 / €479 to $750 / €579).