Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Asus PadFone 2 vs PadFone: 2nd Generation Smartphone-Tablet is Coming

Asus Padfone2

The second generation Padfone has been released by Asus in Taiwan. There is no doubt that it is an innovative product. Asus Padfone is still the only smartphone-tablet hybrid device from a mainstreem manufacturer until now. The dividing line between phone and tablet is more and more vague.

Asus Padfone 2 has innovations.
  • Compared with the original, the new one is much lighter at 649g and does away with the Padfone Station Dock, the third component of the original Padfone which adds a keyboard. At the same time, the handset display size is lager, from 4.3 inch to 4.7 inch and the Super IPS+HD display make colors vibrant.
  • The new Padfone 2 is also more powerful, sporting the new quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, supported by 2,140 mAh battery.
  • For some strange reason, Asus decided to use a customized version of the micro-USB port of the Padfone 2 and Padfone 2 Station. While you can still use a normal micro-USB cable to charge (and it does seem secure), we noticed that you could wiggle the port (which may result in a freak accident and you snapping the cable/port.
  • Speaking of the camera, it records 720p at a whopping 60fps, which is outstanding, and 1080p at 30fps, and can take up to 100 continuous full-resolution images.
  • The Padfone 2 (main smartphone component) is priced at $616/$684/$750 for the 16GB/32GB/64GB version. Sadly, there isn’t a microSD card expansion slot. The Padfone Station add-on (the slate component) will retail for $307.
Padfone2 vs Padfone
649g 853g
Display Padfone: 4.7 inch
Padfone Station: 10.1 inch
Padfone: 4.3 inch
Padfone Station: 10.1 inch
Pixel Padfone: 1280x720
Padfone Station: 1280x800
Padfone: 960x540
Padfone Station: 1280x800
Camera Rear 13 megapixel Rear 8 megapixel
Operating System Android 4.0
(update to 4.1 soon)
Android 4.0
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core 1.5GHz processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 8260A Dual-Core 1.5GHz processor
Connectivity WCDMA: 900/2,100
LTE: 800/1,800/2,600
WCDMA: 900/2,100
EDGE/GPRS/GSM : 850/900/1800/1900
Battery Padfone: 2140 mAh
Station: 5000 mAh
Padfone: 1520 mAh
Station: 6600 mAh

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