The original PadFone Infinity was launched with fanfare at MWC 2013, back in February, and, barely six months later, Asus is refreshing it with a better processor and a bevy of software tweaks.
The new PadFone Infinity is powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, as opposed to the slower Snapdragon 600 chip that ticked inside the previous generation. Other changes on the hardware front include the presence of a microSD card slot, which was a request from many users, but also the halving of the internal storage space – the new Infinity is available in 16GB and 32GB, compared to 32GB and 64GB before. The latter change seems a cost-cutting measure, that is partially offset by the microSD card slot and the generous amounts of cloud storage that Asus throws in as a perk. One final change is an upgrade in the memory department, which is now 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM.
The new smartphone/tablet combo runs Android 4.2.2 out of the box, and features a series of changes to the user interface to make it more consistent. One big update came to the camera firmware, which now combines information from several physical pixels to produce one scaled down image that is sharper and less noisy.
Asus’ new PadFone features a nicer “diamond-cut” metallic body, compared to the brushed metal texture before, and is available in black and white. The tablet dock remained virtually unchanged, so if you already have one you can use it with the upgraded smartphone.
The smartphone itself will go in Taiwan for the equivalent of $640 off-contract, while the tablet dock costs about $240. No news on the availability of the new Asus PadFone Infinity in its home market and the rest of the world.
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Asus loves fat bezel
I really like how you can dock it and turn it into a tablet. Would like to see this hit the market in the USA.
Well, it’s still certainly not a looker (the term “inoffensive” comes to mind), but to judge it on that merit is completely missing the point of this device.
It’s really a brilliant piece of hardware that will sadly never set foot in American retailers. Maybe if other manufacturers started making similar devices some could push their way over to this side of the Pacific.
Sadly it will never come here to the US market. I love this idea and the phone looks great.
I wish they would make a Padfone Transformer Infinity. I would like a phone that docks into a tablet dock, but from there has a keyboard dock with more ports and another battery. I would pay for that, especially if it could multiboot with Ubuntu.
OK here’s my question: why does the back of the phone looks like the back of the HTC One? Way to go ASUS, you and your terribly ugly new UI.
I’m expecting the arrival of this device to Portugal. I’m ansious for it. The first experience that I had was with the first Padfone, last Juin 2012, but now I’ve to change to this one. Do you know when is it available in Amazon.uk, eBay, uk or FNAC?