With the third guy making its debut at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, you’d be right to question the need for a refresh. The new beast is, well, marginally better.
As far as I can tell, other than colours, the tablet portion remains unchanged, though of course it acts as a mere shell – magnifying the smartphone display when the latter’s docked. It’s still the smartphone powering the show.
Entirely familiar Asus PadFone specs (for the smartphone chap) include a 5in 1080p display, 2,400mAh battery, 13MP rear camera and 2MP front shooter.
Looking at the new Asus PadFone Infinity spec sheet, notable changes include an upgrade to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (from the Snapdragon 600), and 2GB LPDDR3 RAM (formerly LPDDR2).
There’s also Jelly Bean Android 4.2.2 out of the box, and – on that note – owners of the existing Asus PadFone Infinity (all 12 of them) are promised an update in due course.
As for Asus PadFone Infinity storage, it’s now 16GB or 32GB, a change from 32GB or 64GB, but that’s because the new beast makes way for a microSD slot.
Finally, your new Asus PadFone Infinity colours are Titanium Black and Platinum White (formerly Titanium Gray, Hot Pink and Champagne Gold).
Asus PadFone Infinity price? US consumers are asked for circa $640 for the smartphone component, and a further $240 for the tablet shell. That’s $880 total, roughly £555 in the Queen’s money.