MWC 2013: UK-bound Asus PadFone Infinity revealed with 5in 1080p phone, HD tablet, quad-core processor

MWC 2013: UK-bound Asus PadFone Infinity revealed with 5in 1080p phone, HD tablet, quad-core processorThe Asus PadFone smartphone/tablet hybrid is the joke that just keeps on giving. First we laughed at the original Asus PadFone, raised our eyebrows when they followed up with the PadFone 2, and now we’re well and truly astounded to meet the third entry in the series.

I speak of the Asus PadFone Infinity, and – as you might expect – it grabs the baton from the PadFone 2 and ups the specs in almost every way.

For those unfamiliar with the Asus PadFone concept, you’re essentially looking at a smartphone which docks inside a tablet shell. The tablet doesn’t function independently, and effectively serves to magnify the smartphone’s display.

That’s all well and good in theory, but the beast often costs a small fortune. The Asus PadFone Infinity’s price weighs in at a whopping £799. To give that figure some context, you could grab a fully functioning Nexus 4 (16GB) and Nexus 10 (32GB) for £668. Just saying.

To be fair, the Asus PadFone Infinity does have some pretty impressive credentials. The phone component is now 5in 1080p (formerly 4.7in 720p), while the tablet has a 10.1in display with 1920 x 1200 resolution (up from 1280 x 800).

Other Asus PadFone Infinity specs include a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, and 2,400mAh battery.

Meanwhile, Asus PadFone Infinity connectivity includes – as you’d expect – Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, alongside NFC (Near Field Communication) and LTE.

The Taiwanese manufacturer has a pretty good rep for releasing goodies with the latest version of Android, and the Asus PadFone Infinity doesn’t disappoint. It’ll ship with Jelly Bean (Android 4.2).

Fancy it? Not too long to wait, you maniac. The Asus PadFone Infinity will land - all going well - in April.

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CTPAHHIK  Feb. 25, 2013 at 17:40

Basically they upped display resolution on phone and tablet, selling it as new device. Sorry, Asus you are not Apple - this trick will not work.

Pondlife  Feb. 25, 2013 at 20:42

Well other difference in that they seem set on actually selling it here unlike previous two...

Though at that price I wish them luck..

Stelph  Feb. 26, 2013 at 11:03

I still quite like this concept, espcailly from a gaming point of view where as although its a lot more fun to play the games on a large tablet, the support for saving game saves across devices is still not across all games/products so annoyingly you cant switch between devices using the same save. This woild help stop that.

Id also be interested to see a little more details on the docking station for the tablet, with a little imagination and docking connectors you could actually see this as quite a neat little portable self powered screen (i.e. plug a HDMI cable from your console/DV player into ut) or even a secondard touchscreen for your laptop (plug HDMI and USB into laptop)

Pondlife  Feb. 26, 2013 at 11:06

I think the price will preclude much geeky development though

CTPAHHIK  Feb. 26, 2013 at 16:50

Idea is very good and I wish that Asus would develop on it. Any phone/tablet without appropriate OS to run it will not get anywhere.

With 1920 x 1200 resolution and 10" display you are talking laptop sizes.
- Detachable keyboard with stand would be a big plus.
- Tablet versions of applications is a must.
- Port for external USB, like other tablets
- Different widget setup for phone and tablet


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