Asus unveils the PadFone 2

Asus unveils the PadFone 2
Asus has officially taken the wraps off the PadFone 2, drastically upgrading the performance as well as refreshing the looks of the successor to its intriguing smartphone-in-a-tablet hybrid. This appears to be a rather attractive option for the consumers looking to acquire a very capable smartphone along with a tablet for the price of one.

Asus PadFone 2
The second-generation PadFone ups the ante with a massive 4.7 inch, 720p Super IPS+ LCD display and a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB of RAM. The specs has allowed the phone's backside-illuminated 13 MPix camera to record 720p resolution videos at an impressive 60fps, and it also supports burst mode with up to 100 continuous still shots at full resolution. The connectivity side is thoroughly covered with LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 as well as GPS, and the PadFone 2 is said to be running Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich with the promise of 4.1 Jelly Bean update coming in the relative future. While there's no microSD card expansion slot, the handset comes with 16, 32 or 64 GB built-in memory. On top of that, every model comes with 50GB of free cloud storage for the duration of two years with Asus WebStorage.
Asus PadFone 2
The phone itself serves as the heart and soul of the tablet part called the PadFone Station. In comparison to its predecessor, the PadFone Station is considerably slimmer, and together with the phone it weights fairly acceptable 649g. The docking mechanism has also been refined, allowing the phone to be seamlessly inserted by sliding it downwards into the slot at the back of the PadFone Station.  The station has been equipped with a 10.1 inch WXGA resolution (1280x800) IPS LCD display and built-in 5,000 mAh battery that ads to the phone's already hefty 2,140 mAh battery.
Asus PadFone 2 - handset image
The PadFone 2 will be available as a bundle or just the phone itself; however, there was no official word about UK specific release date or pricing at this point.


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