Prior to the Milan event which will take place later today, Asus PadFone 2, the successor of the much successful smartphone/tablet hybrid device PadFone has been just launched in the Taiwan event by Jerry Shen, the CEO of Asus in Taipei.
The Taiwanese PC vendor has been making rounds on tech headlines since quite sometime regarding its second generation hybrid device – Asus PadFone 2. Now, when it has been launched it looks to be a magnificent device.
Let's take a look at the specs of the PadFone 2, which will also be unveiled today at the Milan event by Asus Chairman Jonney Shih. Also, the new hybrid device has got much upgrades, as far as the specs and features are concerned. Claimed by the company, it is quite bigger and better than the original version of the device.
Dimensions & Weight: Though the dimension of PadFone 2 is not known, however, the weight of the device is confined by the company to be around 135 grams.
Display: PadFone 2 sports a larger 4.7 inch Super IPS+ capacitive touchscreen display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. Which is definitely, better than the original PadFone, which boasts a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED capacitive multi-touch display with 960 x 540 pixel resolution.
Processor: The new hybrid device packs an awesome quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 SoC processor under its hood, while the original PadFone houses a 1.5 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor.
Operating System: Though PadFone 2 comes with the same Android ICS OS present in the predecessor, however, Asus has promised that it will roll out the Jelly Bean upgrade soon to the latest device.
Camera: In terms of camera optics, the device is equipped with a whopping 13MP rear camera with BSI sensor and a 1.2MP front camera for video calling. While the old PadFone houses an 8MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, but a higher 1.3MP front camera.
Memory: PadFone 2 comes with 2GB RAM as compared to 1GB RAM of the original one additionally, the new hybrid also has 50GB Asus WebStorage for two years. However, there is no confirmation about the presence of a micro SD card slot for expandable memory support, but it is being predicted that it will possess the same micro SD card slot for expandable memory support up to 32GB, as present in the original PadFone.
Further, it will come in three configurations – 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage.
Connectivity: On the connectivity front, the hybrid device is packed with features including 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC.
Battery: PadFone 2 is loaded with a 2,140 mAh Li-ion battery, which will surely support a better battery life that the first PadFone which is has a 1,520 mAh Li-ion battery delivering 63 hours of battery life with the PadFone station and 102 hours with the keyboard dock.
The unique feature of the original PadFone its tablet dock dubbed as PadFone Station, which doubles the smartphone into a 10.1 inch tablet. Being the successor of PadFone, the PadFone 2 also comes with the PadFone Station, which will have a 10.1 inch IPS display, 5,000 mAh battery, 514 grams weight and a new 13-pin connector port.
Price & Availability
When it comes to pricing, the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants of PadFone 2 will be priced at an additional $210 (approx. Rs 11,000) more than that of the earlier versions with the PadFone Station in Taiwan. Those consumers in Taiwan can purchase the PadFone 2 right from the next week.
There no specific release dates for the other regions, talking about India it can be estimated, that the new hybrid device will cost you a world, as the 32GB variant of Asus PadFone, which is present in the market is priced at Rs 64,999, so obviously, PadFone 2 will cost more that its predecessor boasting advance features.