We teased readers a little with news of the PadFone 2 just yesterday, however ASUS has now officially unveiled the new device over in the east, with a European unveiling to take place in Milan later today and, most certainly, the PadFone 2's specifications are something to marvel at.
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 1.5GHz Quad-core|
|Display||4.7in 720p Super IPS+ 550 nits (powered by Sharp IGZO) + Corning Fit Glass|
|Camera||13MP f/2.4 BSI rear + flash, 1.2MP front|
|Connectivity||TBC (expect the usual) + NFC, custom micro USB|
|Radio||WCDMA 900/2,100MHz plus LTE 800/1,800/2,600MHz|
|OS||Android 4.0 ICs (upgrade to 4.1 Jelly Bean confirmed)|
|Storage||16/32/64GB internal flash (no Micro SD)|
The display deploys Sharp's latest, super bright / energy efficient IGZO LCD technology, matched with an impressive 13-megapixel main camera. The CPU is Qualcomm's latest and greatest Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core with powerful Adreno 320 graphics. Both memory and battery are plentiful.
The phone utilises a new 'custom' USB docking connector, which connects to a new, slimmer, tablet dock, which features a 1,280 x 800 display, though the battery has been reduced from the 6,600mAh of the original, down to 5,000mAh, with the tablet unit featuring a weight of 514g.
The device will be available in Taiwan from next week, with international dates to come shortly. Eager readers may have already noted that this device features support for European 4G bands as well. Taiwanese prices range from £384 to £467 for the standalone phone in various storage sizes, whilst the tablet can be had as a bundle for an additional £128 or standalone for £192.