ASUS PadFone Infinty: from full HD 5-inch smartphone to full HD 10.1-inch tablet
At Mobile World Congress 2013 event in Barcelona, the third generation ASUS PadFone saw the light of day. The new model borrows the Infinity name from the premium products of the Taiwan-based manufacturer and so it becomes ASUS PadFone Infinity, a smartphone that integrates into a docking station and transforms itself into a talet.
Even though there are only four months since the PadFone 2 was officially announced, the new ASUS PadFone Infinity represents a warmly welcomed upgrade in terms of technical specifications, fitting in the standards of the 2013 high-end Android smartphone market.
The most important component of the device is the smartphone that comes equipped with a 5-inch display and a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, corresponding to a pixel density of 441 ppi.
The hardware platform was also upgraded, as ASUS PadFone Infinity uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon S600 chipset with quad-core Krait 300 processor at 1.7 GHz, Adreno 320 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. Moreover, the smartphone comes with 32 or 64 GB of internal storage.
The connectivity features include WiFi in all standards, 3G, 4G LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS with GLONASS. The 13 megapixel camera on the back of the ASUS PadFone Infinity records full HD videos just like the front-facing 2 megapixel camera.
When connected to the ASUS PadFone Infinity Station, the smartphone becomes a 10.1-inch tablet with 1,920 x 1,200 pixels resolution that uses the hardware platform of the smartphone, after the recipe of the previous terminals of the line-up.
Unfortunately, the new ASUS PadFone Infinity has different resolutions for the smartphone and the tablet, which will sometime lead to faulty content rendering when you rapidly switch between smartphone and tablet modes.
The battery has a capacity of 2,400 mAh which, according to the manufacturer, will keep the smartphone awake through 19 hours of 3G talk time, and up to 40 hours of battery life when connected to the docking station.
The ASUS PadFone Infinity will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, the latest version of the operating system developed by Google.
According to the first information, the new ASUS PadFone Infinity will be sold exclusively in the smartphone + tablet combo, and the price for the device will be €999.
Theoretically, it’s cheaper that buying stand-alone full HD 5-inch smartphone and a 10.1-inch tablet with the same resolution, but on the other hand, the price might be just too much for most of the users.