New Innovation from ASUS: Padfone 2

By | January 17, 2013
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ASUS has been one of the leading makers of desktops, portable laptops, notebooks and tablets. This time, ASUS has come up with another innovation by putting together a 4.7-inch phone with a 10.1-inch pad known as the ASUS Padfone 2. It has been featured in the Consumer Electronics Show.

The talk time using phone alone is 16 hours, while it can last for 36 hours of talk when docked in the pad. The total weight of the pad and phone is 649 grams. The phone alone weighs only 135 grams while the pad weighs 514 grams. If you want an expanded view of your applications such as for easier reading, simply slide the phone into the pad for pad mode viewing. The 13-megapixel camera supports high-speed recording at 720p with 60fps and the capture of 100 consecutive photos at 6fps. It features 30 % color and contrast enhancement.
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Both devices share one data plan by using the phone’s SIM card to support all data connections. The combination of these two devices is just a thinness of 9mm. SonicMaster technology enables enhanced responses to frequency, superior sound and audio clarity. The ASUS Web Storage offers free storage of 50GB for two years. Handwritten notes with multiple languages can be converted into editable text using the SuperNote application. You can also translate any sentence, phrase or word in a Web page, E-mail or application using the Instant Translation tool.

The ASUS Padfone 2 runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1 system. It is available in white and black colors. The phone has 137.9 x 68.9 x 9 mm dimensions while the pad has 263 x 180.8 x 10.4 mm dimensions. It is powered by Qualcomm quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro Krait [Cortex A15 class] with a speed of 1.5 GHz and Adreno 320 graphics processor. It has 2 GB LPDDR2 RAM. The eMMC Flash storage is available in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB.

Connections supported include NFC, Bluetooth version 4.0 and WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n. Network connections include WCDMA/LTE, LTE UL 50mbps, LTE DL 100mbps, HSPA+ UL 5.76 and HSPA+ DL 21mbps. It supports 3G WCDMA 900/ 2100, 2G EDGE/ GPRS/ GSM 1900/ 1800/ 900/ 800 and 4G LTE 2600/ 1800/ 800. It supports A-GPS and GLONASS.
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The phone’s 4.7-inch display features 1280 x 720 HD resolution with super IPS+ and capacitive touch panel. It is protected with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass equipped with anti-fingerprint coating. The 10.1-inch pad display features 1280 x800 WXGA with IPS and capacitive touch panel. It is also enforced with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass and anti-fingerprint coating. The phone uses a 2140 mAh Lithium battery while the pad uses 19 Whr/ 5000 mAh Lithium battery. Standby time on 3G is 336 hours while talk time on 3G is 16 hours.

The phone’s front face camera has 1.2 megapixels while the rear main camera has 13 megapixels with F2.4 aperture and auto focus. It has 5-element lens. The pad has a 1-megapixel front camera. It can play and record videos with MPEG4, H.263 and H.264 HD 1080p resolution. It has a 3.5-mm audio jack. Audio formats supported are 3GP, MP3, AAC and AAC+.

Browsers supported are Google and YouTube. Messaging functions enabled are MMS, SMS, IM and E-mail. Sensors included are E-compass, G-sensor, gyroscope, light sensor and proximity. PadFone station includes high quality speaker, SonicMaster and an ASUS 13-pin dock connector that supports micro USB 2.0.


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