Asus has unveiled its PadFone 2, the next generation hybrid smartphone and tablet device, in Taiwan. Asus PadFone 2 is the upgrade to the older PadFone hybrid that was launched in India in September this year.
The PadFone 2 comes with much improved hardware specifications as well as a thinner and lighter design than the older model. It weighs 649 grams including the smartphone while the older model was of 800+ grams.
Like the first Padfone, this Asus Padfone 2 too is basically a combination of two devices – a smartphone and a docking station. The dock features a bigger display and a separate battery pack which will enhance the battery of the PadFone while in use. The dock however is of no use without the PadFone.
The PadFone 2’s smartphone will have a 4.7-inch Super IPS+ HD display that will support 1280×720 pixel resolution. The docking station comes with a 10.1-inch touchscreen display with a similar resolution as the smartphone but is different from the older device vis-a-vis the older Padfone dock.
To run the device, there is a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 mobile processor and 2 GB RAM in the smartphone. The company will be shipping the PadFone 2 with Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 preinstalled while Jelly bean 4.1 will be made available later.
The PadFone 2 features a 13 megapixel f/2.4 BSI sensor from Sony which is capable of recording Full HD videos at 30 frame per second and also is capable of taking 100 full resolution shots. There is also a front facing camera that can be used for video chats at 720p. The Padfone 2 smartphone houses 2140 mAh battery while the docking station has a 5000 mAh battery pack.
When the Mobile Indian contacted Asus India for the Indian launch date the company told that they are still to receive any confirmations on the same from Asus headquarters. The Asus PadFone 2 will cost about Rs 33,000 for the 16 GB version while the tablet station would cost another Rs 10,000, more version will also be made available in 32GB and 64 GB variants.
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