The 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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