Full HD Asus Padfone Infinity and 7-inch Fonepad spotted at MWC

February 25, 2013
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Asus’ MWC press conference is still a couple of hours away, but the company’s plans for it, bizarrely teased in the past week, are no longer a secret. To be frank, they weren’t that big of a secret before, but now we can add something more specific to our vague early assumptions.

Even better, we can call off the men in black, because it seems the alien squad that landed in Barcelona a few days ago came in peace and bearing gifts. The Padfone Infinity is the first extraterrestrial present, and… it’s a doozy.

Part phone, part tab, this looks awesome in either stance. The 5-inch LTE-enabled handheld will pack a 1080p screen and a 1.7 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU and will dock inside a 10.1-inch tablet with a similarly impressive Full HD panel.

Asus Padfone Infinity

No other specifics are known at this time, unless you count the unibody design and “sleek aluminum alloy with brushed metal finish”. We don’t, because… well, we kind of expected them.

Now, is third time going to be a charm for Asus’ bold yet not so appreciated Padfone hybrid line? Perhaps. But it’s all going to be on timing and pricing. If Asus manages to get this bad boy out in, say, no more than two months and price it sensibly (like, no more than $600 including the tab station), folks are going to be all over it. If not, it’s back to the drawing board for the Taiwanese.

Asus Fonepad

A couple of quick words about the second gift dropped from space in Asus’ lap – the Fonepad. This has also been spotted on the MWC stage a few hours ago, but alongside nothing too specific. There’ll be “phone functions” on the tab, an HD display (we’re guessing not full HD) and “metallic finish”.

Not much to get excited about, but thankfully we have the previous leaks to paint us a more complete and encouraging picture. Now all that you have to do is tune in a bit later for the official announcements and our exclusive coverage from Barcelona. Who’s psyched?

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