The ASUS Padfone, which was unveiled earlier this year at the Mobile World Conference, was expected to revolutionize the world of mobile technology. The device is certainly unique, and all-encompassing, with its ability to change from a smartphone to a tablet using a Padstation, which can further be used as a laptop using a keyboard dock. Unfortunately, this revolution costs $860 in the US, with no carrier willing to subsidize rates in sight.
If you have shelled out the big amount, and are a proud owner of this revolutionary tech, you’ll be happy to know that a firmware update is now available for the ASUS Padfone. Taking the build to the version 126.96.36.199, this update brings an upgrade in Android OS version to 4.0.4 (NOT 4.1, before you get too excited) along with a host of other software and performance enhancements. The full changelog includes:
- System upgrade to Android 4.0.4
- Elevate system stability and optimize the operating performance
- Optimize Dynamic Display Switch (DDS) performance
- Optimize power consumption
- Optimize Camera performance and quality
- Message / Email edit function improvement
- Group Edit
- Email update frequency, “peak time” and “Off peak time” setting feature added.
- Optimize Input method
- SD card support to 64GB
- Super Note function added
- Reset the password
- Hand Writing Recognition Speed
- Device tracking and data protection support.
- Register and Setting of Device Tracker (http://devicetracker.asus.com/select_lang.action)
As you can see, there are some significant upgrades and enhancements now available, such as the enhanced camera performance and quality, to push the 8MP camera to its full potential, and the increased 64GB microSD card support (previously 32GB). Another important feature for anyone worried about losing their device is the Device tracking and data protection support.
Check out our Darcy LaCouvee giving the Padfone a quick hands-on during Computex 2012:
You can find the update by going to Settings – About – System Firmware Update – Check Update, or directly from the ASUS website here.
What are your thoughts? Do you own an ASUS Padfone? If you’ve done the firmware update already, let us know your experience in the comments section below.