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    Asus Officially Announces the PadFone 2: 4.7-inch smartphone & 10.1-inch tablet dock


    Just a few scant months after their first iteration, Asus officially announces the PadFone 2. We knew it was coming. There was too much leaked info over the past few months for any other outcome. Now the Padfone 2 is official and it really looks like Asus is trying to perfect this beast. (For those who missed this, the Padfone 2 is an Android Smartphone & Android Tablet Docking Hybrid.)

    Could they have finally found the right formula, and is the time ripe for a combo product like this one? The specs are quite amazing actually, but only time, and sales numbers, will provide the answer. Here's the breakdown on the new device, followed by a press release below.

    Phone Specs:
    • Display 4.7 inches while reducing the phone’s overall thickness to 9mm
    • The Super IPS+ display carries a 720p HD resolution and 550 nits of brightness
    • 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor
    • 2GB of RAM
    • 13MP camera
    • LTE capability
    • 2140mAh battery

    Tablet Specs:
    • Display 10.1 inches
    • Slimmer and lighter design
    • Smaller 5000mAh battery
    • The phone portion now docks via a 13-pin connector without the trapdoor of the progenitor
    • Combined, the two can reach up to 36 hours of talk time

    This could just be the perfect all-around communication device, especially for executive types or travelers. Carry the phone in your pocket and tablet in your briefcase. Use them interchangeably when one is need more than the other. Use them combined for video calls back home to your family. What do you guys think?

    Live Life Intuitively with ASUS PadFone™ 2

    Quad-core smartphone with incredible battery life and a thinner, lighter PadFone 2 Station deliver the ultimate mobile flexibility.

    Milan, Italy (October 16, 2012) – ASUS, a global leader in the new digital era, today announces the PadFone™ 2. Building upon the successful PadFone combination of an Android smartphone and dockable tablet for incredible mobile flexibility, PadFone 2 consists of a higher-specification quad-core smartphone and a completely redesigned tablet.

    ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih unveiled PadFone 2 in front of the world’s media at a press conference in Milan, Italy. “Our relentless drive to innovate through Design Thinking has empowered us to create PadFone 2. It’s beautiful, it’s fast, it’s seamless and, best of all, it’s intuitive,” said Mr. Shih.

    PadFone 2 is a fully featured 4.7″ Android™ smartphone with industry-leading specifications that docks with the unique PadFone 2 Station to become a lightweight, but fully featured, 10.1″ tablet. Apps are seamlessly optimized on-the-fly to support both tablet and phone modes, with an instant transition between smartphone and tablet screen sizes.

    Enlarge and Charge

    ASUS’ world-renowned Design Thinking philosophy has significantly reduced PadFone 2 Station’s thickness and weight. At just 649g, the combined weight of both PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station is now lighter than most tablets on the market, and the dock mechanism has been redesigned to require just one swift step to use. PadFone 2 has also been subtly refined to increase its screen size to 4.7″, while reducing its thickness and weight to just 9mm at its thickest point and 135g, respectively.
    Battery life is astounding, too. The higher-capacity PadFone 2 2140mAh battery provides up to 16 hours 3G talk-time and 13 hours Wi-Fi web browsing, while PadFone 2 Station’s 5000mAh battery gives up to 36 hours 3G talk-time. PadFone 2 Station’s internal battery also has enough capacity to recharge the docked PadFone 2 three times over.

    Super Phone, Super Performance

    A 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM ensures incredible PadFone 2 performance in both smartphone and tablet modes. The new 4.7″ 1280 x 720 HD Super IPS+ display uses scratch-resistant Corning® Fit Glass and delivers sharp, detailed images with accurate colors, ultra-wide viewing angles and 550 nits brightness for stunning outdoor visibility.
    A new 13-megapixel high-performance camera captures incredibly detailed images with no shutter lag. Burst mode can capture up to 100 shots at a blisteringly quick six shots per second, while simultaneously recording 1080p HD video at 30fps, or 720p HD video at 60fps. Low-light performance is also enhanced by the wide f/2.4 aperture and a dedicated image signal processor. Both PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station feature superlative sound quality too, thanks to ASUS SonicMaster technology and audio tuning by Waves, recipient of a Technical GRAMMY Award®.

    Easy to Share, Easy to Save

    With capacities up to 64GB and 50GB of ASUS WebStorage provided free for two years, PadFone 2 offers endless possibilities for storing data. Data syncing between devices is also a thing of the past, since PadFone 2 storage is used by PadFone 2 Station when the two are connected. Shared mobile data connectivity between smartphone and tablet also means just one data plan is needed for both devices, while support for up to 42Mbit/s DC-HSPA+ and 100Mbit/s LTE delivers super-fast web browsing and downloads.

    User-friendly enhancements

    PadFone 2 also features a new version of the SuperNote app that instantly converts handwritten notes made in multiple languages into editable text. Its Instant Translation tool also translates any word, phrase or sentence in an email, web page or app at a touch, without the need for a third-party translation tool.

    Availability

    PadFone 2 will be launched before the end of December in Europe (Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden) and Asia (Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, U.A.E). Availability in other countries will be announced at a later date.
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    The phone specs look great but you have to wonder on the price of the tablet part. Honestly, I can't see myself buying the tablet part for more than $100 since the phone does all the work.
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    Unfortunately The Verge is reporting that that Padfone 2 will come bundled. Which is a damn shame. Because if they released it as three variants: phone, tablet add-on, and bundle I'd be very tempted to pick up a GSM version of the phone and drop Verizon altogether.

    The thing I like most about this device? Storage capacity. 32 and 64 variants is exactly what Google needs to start doing with their Nexus line if they are going to continue leaving out MicroSD slots.
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