ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih unveiled the PadFone 2, which is a much-improved edition of the PadFone that was described by the company before as an Android smartphone and a dockable tablet.
In the press conference, Shih said: “Our relentless drive to innovate through our ‘Design Thinking’ philosophy has empowered us to create PadFone 2. It’s beautiful, it’s fast and, best of all, it’s intuitive”
According to the official press release from the company, the PadFone 2 is quite bigger than its predecessor. The newest smartphone from ASUS features a 4.7-inch screen that will function as a 10.1-inch tablet when docked with the much-enhanced PadFone 2 Station. The latest 1280×720 HD Super IPS+ display features a scratch-resistant Corning Fit Glass, providing the consumers with sharp and detailed images and superb outdoor visibility with its 550 nits brightness.
One of the downside of the first PadFone was its weight, but ASUS addressed the issue by coming up with a larger but a much-lighter device. The combined weight of the PadFone 2 and the PadFone 2 station has been significantly reduced from 853 grams to 649 grams, making it even lighter than most of the tablets available in the market today.
The PadFone 2 is equipped with a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM that will definitely make it capable of running the latest Android applications today seamlessly. The PadFone 2 will become one of the first few devices to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core chipset that was also used in LG Optimus G.
The camera has also been improved from 8 megapixels to a 13-megapixel high-performance camera that is capable of capturing up to 100 images on burst mode at a rate of six shots per second, while also recording full HD video at 30fps or 720p HD video at 60 fps.
The Android 4.0 is a bit outdated though, but ASUS said that it will be improved to Android 4.1 Jellybean soon. Aside from the outdated Android ICS, ASUS also failed to mention about the keyboard and microSD support, creating speculations that both features were scratched off.
This new device from ASUS will be released by the end of December at a starting price of $620 for 16GB model plus $200 extra cost for the PadFone 2 Station in European countries Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Sweden along with Asian countries Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and U.A.E
According to the official press release from ASUS, the new PadFone 2 will be available in other countries not mentioned above at a later date.