Asus Padfone 2 arrives bang on cue

Asus Padfone 2 arrives bang on cueGiven the fact that we already knew the spec, had seen some official renders and were promised a full launch on October 16, the official unveiling of the Asus Padfone 2 in Taiwan this morning doesn't exactly offer much by way of element of surprise.

But that shouldn't count against the versatile Padfone 2 – the follow-up to a device that itself only appeared for the first time at Mobile World Congress in February.

Just to remind you, the Padfone 2's big party trick (as its name suggests) is that it's genuinely both a smartphone and a tablet – with the former docking into the chassis of the latter to transform into a full-blown 10.1in tablet.

Where Asus deserves credit is that its clever form factor morphing abilities hasn't come at the expense of any features or performance when looking at the Padfone 2 purely as a smartphone.

The 4.7in 720p Super IPS+ display gets things off to a good start, offering 0.4in more screen than the original, and there's a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor under the hood along with 2GB of RAM.

The camera is a 13-megapixel effort, plus there's a front-facing cam too, and the Asus Padfone 2 will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at launch, to be updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in due course.

The tablet shell is effectively a phone dock with benefits. The 10.1in 1280 x 800 display gives you more screen real estate to play with, while the dock comes with its own 5000mAh battery, which together with the Padfone 2's standard 2140mAh cell, should keep you going for a good while.

As with the original Padfone, Asus seems at first glance to have taken a clever idea and executed it well, and the Padfone 2 doesn't have any glaring weaknesses on paper.

That doesn't mean consumers will be lining up to get their hands on one, however, and a lot will come down to pricing. That much we'll only know later today after the European launch event.

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matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 16, 2012 at 10:19

I'm guessing that, like the old one, this'll be a total rip off for what it is.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 16, 2012 at 10:48

+1

onlineo  Oct. 16, 2012 at 11:42

So its a bad idea well executed priced far too high!

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