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MWC: Asus announces the Padfone Infinity and the Fonepad

One will make the other obsolete
Mon Feb 25 2013, 14:45
ASUS announces the Padfone Infinity and the Fonepad at MWC

BARCELONA: TAIWANESE HARDWARE MAKER Asus announced the Padfone Infinity along with the Fonepad 'phablet' on Monday at MWC.

As the spiritual successor to the Padfone 2, the Asus Padfone Infinity is the firm's latest smartphone/tablet hybrid device allowing users to dock the handset in the tablet chassis for a big-screen experience.

The Padfone Infinity smartphone features a 5in full HD 1920x1080 resolution touchscreen with a pixel density of 441ppi (pixels per inch), which according to Asus is far superior to the Retina display found on the iPhone 5. The tablet aspect of the Padfone 2 measures 10.1in and also boasts full HD resolution.

Asus was keen to talk up the design of the Padfone 2. The unibody device comes crafted from Aerospace grade aluminium alloy, which means it's resistant against scratches and tumbles as well as boasting an anti-fingerprint coating.

Underneath this casing sits a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which Asus claims gives the tablet super-fast speeds and LTE connectivity. Running Google's Android operating system, the Padfone Infinity has Asus' own software tweaks. There's a notetaking app similar to that found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, as well as Asus' own Siri competitor.

The Asus Padfone Infinity also features a 13MP rear-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, and if the sample images Asus showed us are anything to go by, the Sony Xperia Z had better watch out. There's also a 2MP camera on the front of the device, and other specifications include 2GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 50GB of free Asus cloud storage and a battery that promises 19 hours of talk time.

In a surprise twist towards the end of its MWC press conference, Asus also unveiled the Fonepad, which it claims removes the need for owning both a smartphone and tablet, almost making the Padfone Infinity seem like a slightly redundant device despite having been unveiled mere minutes before.

The Asus Fonepad, which will be made available in grey and gold, features a 7in 1280x800 resolution display, dual 3MP and 1.2MP front and rear cameras, up to 32GB of internal storage, 3G and WiFi connectivity and, of course, the ability to make phone calls.

The Asus Padfone Infinity will launch in Europe in April for €999, while the Asus Fonepad will arrive priced at just €219.

Check back soon for our hands-on looks at these two Asus products. µ


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