asus padphone infinity

asus padphone infinity

Asus has announced the PadFone Infinity, a 5-inch smartphone that turns into a tablet when you plug it into its 10.1-inch dock at MWC in Barcelona.

The smartphone-tablet transforming concept is quite unique to Asus. The company launched two such products before: the original PadFone and the PadFone 2, which launched in October 2012.

asus padphone infinity

The PadFone ships with Android 4.2 and a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor with an Adreno 320 GPU. The phone features an aluminium-based unibody design and the Super IPS 5-inch screen packs in 1,920×1,080 worth of pixels, delivering a 441 ppi.

On the back sits a LED flash-supported 13-megapixel camera featuring an f/2.0 aperture and according to Asus delivers lagless shutter speeds. There’s also a dedicated image sensor that enhances photos captured in low light.

asus padphone infinity

Asus also claims the camera can capture up to 100 sequential photos at 8 frames per second, while simultaneously recording 1080p HD video. A feature that could possibly eliminate the video or photo dilemma at crucial moments; however, this is currently problematic as the video recorded while taking still shots is noticeably choppy. There’s also a front-facing 2 -megapixel camera.

Plug the PadFone into the tablet dock, and you’ve got yourself a 10.1-inch tablet with the same specs, which, beefed up as they are, sound more than capable of going head-to-head against standalone tablets.

The PadFone Station houses a 10.1-inch screen with 1,920×1,200-pixel resolution. Other features include a 1-megapixel front-facing camera, Micro-USB 2.0 port, an ambient light sensor, and an e-compass.

asus padphone infinity

GSM, WCDMA, and 100Mbps-capable LTE antennas are also included along with a non-removable 5,000mAh lithium polymer battery, which, according to Asus, fuels up to 40 hours of 3G talk time when the PadFone is docked.

asus padphone infinity

While the PadFone impresses with its high-end specs, with a price of 999 euros (this includes the phone and tablet), you’ll definitely be paying for it. For those looking for more synergy between their devices, however, that may may be a price they’re willing to pay.

Asus says to expect the PadFone in April in the U.K. No U.S. release is currently planned.

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