October 17, 2012

Asus unveils the Asus PadFone 2


I believe, what Asus has done to the PadFone with the PadFone 2 is stunning. It is everything NOT what you do not like with the first PadFone, where it was like trying to be a die-hard smartphone/tablet combo. The PadFone 2, personally, is probably the real PadFone and wait 'til you get to see it's specs. Asus, the Taiwan-based phone maker has announced the PadFone 2, you know, that device where it's practically a smartphone but it also becomes a tablet with it's dock. It's one of a kind and Asus made it even better. According to Asus' presser, the device is scheduled to be launched in Europe and Asia before this year ends. No pricing yet, so let's just wait when this device becomes available in specific markets around the world.




Asus PadFone 2 specs:
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
    • With Asus' own Android UI
  • 4.7" (720x1280) Super IPS+ LCD touchscreen display
    • 312 ppi
    • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 1.5GHz Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 quad-core processor
    • GPU: Adreno 320
  • 2GB RAM
  • Memory
    • Internal: 16GB/32GB/64GB
    • External: N/A
  • Camera
    • Rear: 13MP
      • Auto Focus
      • LED Flash
      • 1080p HD video recording @ 30fps
    • Front: 1.2MP
  • Connectivity
    • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
    • Bluetooth 4.0
    • GPS with A-GPS
      • GLONASS
    • NFC
  • Sensors
    • Accelerometer
    • Gyroscope
    • Proximity Sensor
    • Digital Compass
  • Interface
    • 3.5mm headset jack
    • microUSB 2.0 (MHL)
  • Battery
    • 2140 mAh
  • Network
    • 2G: GSM
    • 3G: HSDPA
    • 4G: LTE
  • Dimensions
    • Height: 137.9mm
    • Length: 68.9mm
    • Width: 9mm
    • Weight: 135g
Asus PadFone 2 Dock specs:
  • 10.1" (1280x800) IPS touchscreen display
    • Corning Fit Glass with HCLR Film (Anti-fingerprint coating)
  • 1MP front camera
    • Rear camera is via the PadFone 2 smartphone
  • 5000 mAh battery

Press Release:

Live Life Intuitively with ASUS PadFone™ 2
Quad-core smartphone with incredible battery life and a thinner, lighter PadFone 2 Station deliver the ultimate mobile flexibility.

Taipei, Taiwan (October 16, 2012) — ASUS, a global leader in the new digital era, today announces PadFone™ 2. Building upon the successful PadFone combination of an Android smartphone and dockable tablet for incredible mobile flexibility, PadFone 2 consists of a higher specification quad-core, LTE-equipped smartphone and a completely redesigned tablet.

ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih unveiled PadFone 2 in front of the world’s media at a press conference in Milan, Italy. “Our relentless drive to innovate through our ‘Design Thinking’ philosophy has empowered us to create PadFone 2. It’s beautiful, it’s fast and, best of all, it’s intuitive,” said Mr. Shih.

PadFone 2 is a fully featured 4.7” Android™ smartphone with industry-leading specifications that docks with the unique PadFone 2 Station to become a lightweight, but fully featured, 10.1” tablet. Apps are seamlessly optimized on-the-fly to support both tablet and phone modes, with an instant transition between smartphone and tablet screen sizes.

Enlarge and charge
ASUS’ world-renowned ‘Design Thinking’ philosophy has significantly reduced PadFone 2 Station’s thickness and weight. At just 649g, the combined weight of both PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station is now lighter than most tablets on the market, and the dock mechanism has been redesigned to require just one swift step to use. PadFone 2 has also been subtly refined to increase its screen size to 4.7”, while reducing its thickness and weight to just 9mm at its thickest point and 135g, respectively.

Battery life is astounding, too. The higher-capacity PadFone 2 2140mAh battery provides up to 16 hours 3G talk-time and 13 hours Wi-Fi web browsing, while PadFone 2 Station’s 5000mAh battery gives up to 36 hours 3G talk-time. PadFone 2 Station’s internal battery also has enough capacity to recharge the docked PadFone 2 three times over.

Super phone, super performance
A 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM ensures incredible PadFone 2 performance in both smartphone and tablet modes. The new 4.7” 1280 x 720 HD Super IPS+ display uses scratch-resistant Corning® Fit Glass and delivers sharp, detailed images with accurate colors, ultra-wide viewing angles and 550 nits brightness for stunning outdoor visibility.

A new 13-megapixel high-performance camera captures incredibly detailed images with no shutter lag. Burst mode can capture up to 100 shots at a blisteringly quick six shots per second, while simultaneously recording 1080p HD video at 30fps, or 720p HD video at 60fps. Low-light performance is also enhanced by the wide f/2.4 aperture and a dedicated image signal processor. Both PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station feature superlative sound quality too, thanks to ASUS SonicMaster technology and audio tuning by Waves, recipient of a Technical GRAMMY Award®.

Easy to share, easy to save
With capacities up to 64GB and 50GB of ASUS WebStorage provided free for two years, PadFone 2 offers endless possibilities for storing data. Data syncing between devices is also a thing of the past, since PadFone 2 storage is used by PadFone 2 Station when the two are connected, while NFC allows users to share webpages, Contacts and user recommendations from Play Store with others. Shared mobile data connectivity between smartphone and tablet also means just one data plan is needed for both devices, while support for up to 42Mbit/s DC-HSPA+ and 100Mbit/s LTE delivers super-fast web browsing and downloads.

User-friendly enhancements
PadFone 2 also features a new version of the SuperNote app that instantly converts handwritten notes made in multiple languages into editable text. Its Instant Translation tool also translates any word, phrase or sentence in an email, web page or app at a touch, without the need for a third-party translation tool.

Availability
PadFone 2 will be launched before the end of December in Europe (Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Sweden) and Asia (Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and U.A.E). Availability in other countries will be announced at a later date.

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