Asus have unveiled the PadFone 2, the follow-up to the successful original PadFone. Combining an Android smartphone and a dockable tablet for ultimate mobile flexibility, this new PadFone model comes with a range of specifications designed to improve performance and improve the user experience.
If you’re wondering what a PadFone is, it’s one of the latest technology trends. The PadFone 2 is a fully-featured 4.7” Android smartphone that docks with the PadFone 2 station to become a 10.1” tablet. The phone’s apps support both tablet and phone modes, and can instantly transition between the two. This lets you switch seamlessly from using the phone to using the tablet with minimum interruption.
The original PadFone has already turned heads, and combines the best features of the two devices. Speaking at a press event in Milan, Italy, ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih unveiled PadFone 2, explaining: “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.”
The new PadFone 2 comes with higher specs and added features, as well as a completely redesigned tablet. The combined tablet and phone weighs in at just 649g – lighter than most tablets on the market – and the new model enjoys a slightly larger screen with reduced thickness and weight.
ASUS have also improved the attachment and detachment mechanism for this PadFone, and it now requires just one swift motion to use.
The new PadFone enjoys a long battery life, with the phone component providing up to 16 hours 3G talk time and 13 hours Wi-Fi web browsing, and the PadFone 2 Station providing up to 36 hours 3G talk time. One of the most useful features of this gadget is that the PadFone 2 Station’s battery has enough capacity to recharge the docked phone three times in a single charge.
The device’s 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor and its 2GB of RAM promise users top quality speed and performance in both smartphone and tablet modes. The phone’s 1280 x 720 HD Super IPS+ display uses scratch-resistant Corning Fit Glass for protection and provides sharp, detailed images with accurate colors – even when you’re viewing the screen outdoors.
The PadFone 2 comes with all the features you’d expect from a combined smartphone and tablet, including a 13-megapixel high-performance camera with no shutter lag. The camera has several different modes, including Burst mode, which captures up to 100 shots at a speedy rate of six shots per second while simultaneously recording HD video.
Both the phone and the Station offer top-grade sound quality, provided by the ASUS SonicMaster technology and partnership with the Technical Grammy award-winning Waves company.
PadFone 2 users get to take advantage of ASUS’ WebStorage free for two years. The two devices have shared mobile connectivity, so you only need one plan to use the PadFone 2 and the PadFone 2 station.
Business users will love the new version of SuperNote, which allows you to convert hand-written notes in multiple languages into editable text. The instant translation tool also converts any word, phrase or sentence in an email, web page or app with a single touch and without the need to download third-party software.
PadFone 2 is expected to hit UK shops early next year, with a more specific release date coming soon.