Lately, Asus announced the successor of the original PadFone on October 16 at launch events in Milan and Taipei simultaneously. However, PadFone 2 is still not released into the Indian market.
According to a recent report by Inside Handy, PadFone 2 will be released in Germany on December 1, 2012, thereby hinting that the device might land the international markets anytime soon.
At the same time, South Korean tech giant Samsung unveiled Galaxy Note 2 at IFA 2012 expo in Berlin late August and released the device in September in different countries including India for a price of Rs 39,990.
Hence, if you are planning to upgrade to a different kind of a device this New Year, here is a comparison between Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Asus PadFone 2. Read the comparison below and decide if you will wait for the PadFone 2 or buy Galaxy Note 2.
Dimensions & Weight: PadFone 2 measures 137.9 x 68.9 x 9 mm in dimensions and weighs in at 135 grams, whereas the thicker and heavier Galaxy Note 2 carries a dimension of 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm and weighs around 180 grams.
Display: Coming to the display, PadFone 2 sports a larger 4.7 inch Super IPS+ capacitive touchscreen display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution.
In comparison, Galaxy Note 2 houses a massive 5.5 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. Furthermore, Galaxy Note 2 has an improved S-Pen support, which is revamped with rubber tip and enhanced touch response.
Processor: In this segment, PadFone 2 packs a quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 SoC processor with high performance for multi-media related operations and Galaxy Note 2 is equipped with a Samsung Exynos 4412 Quad chipset with less power consumption and high 3D performance.
Operating System: While the PadFone 2 is flavored with Android 4.0 ICS operating system and Galaxy Note 2 will be running with Google’s latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has new features including Project Butter for smoother and faster performance, expandable and contractible notifications, resizable app widgets, live wallpaper preview, high resolution contact photos and more.
Camera: On the camera optics front, PadFone 2 is equipped with a whopping 13MP rear camera with BSI sensor and a 1.2MP front camera for video calling.
On the other hand, Galaxy Note 2 has an 8MP rear camera equipped with features like autofocus and LED flash and a 1.9MP front camera for video calling.
Storage: Both PadFone 2 and Galaxy Note 2 fare the same in terms of storage as they come in three versions – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB internal storage, 2GB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable memory.
Connectivity: When it comes to data connectivity, both are packed with similar features including 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC.
Battery: PadFone 2 is powered by a 2,140 mAh Li-ion battery and Galaxy Note 2 is loaded with a massive 3,100 mAh Li-ion battery.
Price: While the official pricing of PadFone 2 is not known Galaxy Note 2 is priced at Rs 39,990.
Both PadFone 2 and Galaxy Note 2 are improved versions of the original PadFone and Galaxy Note and hence, they will be packed with advanced features and specifications.
Detailing on PadFone 2 has a unique feature, which makes it an hybrid device with the tablet dock dubbed as PadFone Station that converts the smartphone into a 10.1 inch tablet. This tablet dock measuring 514 grams in weight has a 5,000 mAh battery and a 13-pin connector.
When it comes to Galaxy Note 2, as it designed on the lines of Galaxy S3, it has some exclusive S software features including S Voice, Direct Call, Smart Stay, S Beam, Pop-Up Play and more.
If the concern is on a hybrid device that can be used as a smartphone and tablet with better camera performance, PadFone 2 should be a better option.
On the other hand, if the concern is on a larger display real estate, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean user experience and improved battery backup, Galaxy Note 2 could be a right option.