Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Asus PadFone 2 Gets Official, Claims The Title Of The World's Fastest Smartphone

Earlier this year in Mobile World Congress Asus unveiled the PadFone which has the capability to transform in to a tablet. One of the biggest problems users found with the first gen padfone is the bulkyness of the design in bot the tablet and the handset. We fast forward to almost 8 months and Asus has announced the PadFone II which is a significant update form the PadFone I. One of the most noticable differences is that the phone can now be slided in to dock on the tablet opposed to the hinged design found on the PadFone I. The PadFone itself has been updated with more powerful hardware. The screen has now been bumped up to 4.7 inches with a 720P resolution which translates to a 312PPI. The PadFone II is rocking Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon S4 Pro which is clocked at 1.5GHz and that is paired up with 2GB of RAM. The 8MP shooter on the original PadFone has been swapped with a more powerful 13MP camera capable of recording 1080P video. The weight of the entire unit has also decreased significantly. Asus also brought in their SonicMaster audio technology into the PadFone II so now the audio on both the tablet and the smartphone is going to sound really good. The PadFone II will be running Android 4.0 ICS but they promised that it will be updated as soon as possible to Jellybean. The PadFone II also supports LTE and has NFC onboard. The tablet itself has not been changed much in terms of specs, it still has that 10.1 screen with a 1280 X 800 resolution. The PadFone II will be going on sale next week in Taiwan for $620 for the 16GB model and $750 for the 64GB model. If you buy the PadFone station as a bundle it would cost you an extra $210 for each price point but if you buy it standalone you would need to pay a hefty price of $310. Catch the hands on video and images below after the break:

Source: Phonearena, CNET AsiaVr-ZoneGSMArena And Mobile Geeks (Youtube)
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