Asus has unveiled the next iteration of its smartphone-tablet hybrid in Taiwan today. As seen in leaks earlier, the Asus Padfone 2 comes with better hardware specs as compared to its predecessor.
The screen size of the smartphone part has been bumped to 4.7-inches with a 720p Super IPS+ panel. When used with the Padfone docking station, it becomes a 10.1-inch 1,280 x 800 IPS display. It will come with Android 4.0 on-board but Jelly Bean upgrade is on the cards.
The internals feature a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. Other features include NFC, 2,140mAh fixed battery and 50GB of Asus Web Storage for two years. The Padfone 2 also comes with a 13MP rear camera with an f/2.4 BSI sensor from Sony, which supports 1080p at 30fps. There’s a front 1.2MP camera as well.
The Padfone 2 with tablet dock weighs a total of 649g and it will support micro-SIM cards.
The Padfone 2 will be sold in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models and will be available in black and white colour options with the black version going on sale likely by next week in Taiwan.
Like its predecessor, the PadFone 2 can be purchased either individually or together with the PadFone Station. The price ranges between $620 (Rs. 32,739) and $750 (Rs. 39,607) for the smartphone alone and the entire package costs an extra $210 (Rs. 11,089).
There is no official word on pricing and
availability details of the device for India. (Update: Asus Padfone 2 is coming to India by year-end).
Asus Padfone 2 key specs
- Android 4.0 (upgradeable to Android 4.1)
- 4.7 inch 1280×720 HD Super IPS+ display
- 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
- 16/32/64GB internal storage, 2GB RAM
- 13 MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera
- 42Mbit/s DC-HSPA+ and 100Mbit/s LTE
- NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
- 2140 mAh battery
- Weight: 135g
Tablet docking station:
- 10.1 inch 1280×800p display
- 5000mAh battery