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Asus PadFone 2 goes official: quad-core S4 APQ8064 inside, 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixel camera

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Asus PadFone 2 goes official: quad-core S4 APQ8064 inside, 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixel camera
The Asus PadFone 2 is now out. Just like that, after a couple of leaks, and right in accordance with Asus’ invitations, the PadFone 2 was unveiled in Taiwan, and it’s a monster of a phone.

In fact, the PadFone 2 comes with the same processor as the LG Optimus G, the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 APQ8064 along with 2GB of RAM. The screen is 4.7 inches 720p IPS LCD with boosted brightness of up to 550 nits thanks to Sharp’s IGZO technology. It is reinforced with Corning Fit Glass which is both tough and light.

The Asus PadFone 2 camera comes at the whopping 13-megapixel of resolution and it’s a f/2.4 BSI sensor from Sony. It shoots 1080p video at 30fps, 720p at 60fps and makes as many as 100 continuous shots at the full resolution. There is also a 1.2-megapixel front-facing shooter.

Asus PadFone 2 goes official: quad-core S4 APQ8064 inside, 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixel camera
Asus is bringing this out quickly - the release date is set for next week in Taiwan, and that’s why initially the device will feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it’d swiftly get updated to 4.1 Jelly Bean. For other markets, it's not yet clear when the second-gen PadFone will arrive.

The global model features WCDMA 900/2,100MHz radios and LTE at 800/1,800/2,600MHz bands, but Asus is likely to also bring specific models for markets like the U.S. The device also supports NFC.

Of course, the second-generation PadFone comes with the tablet dock (actually called the PadFone Station) that makes the PadFone a PadFone. The phone alone has 2,140mAh battery, but if you dock it into the Station, you get an additional 5,000mAh capacity. The display is the same 10.1-inch 1280 x 800-pixel one.

The PadFone Station has changed a lot, and all of that’s for the good. First and foremost, Asus has slimmed it down. That was our main critique about the first Station. The PadFone is now docking in vertically, not horizontally, and there is no cover - it simply slides in with its backside exposed, allowing for an overall thinner profile of the tablet. 

The station itself weighs 1.13 lbs (514g), and with the phone docked it gets to 1.43 lbs (649g), which is reasonable. Actually, that makes it larger than the iPad. Instead of a proprietary 40-pin connector, you also get the peculiar 13-pin connector, that luckily is compatible with microUSB.

Lastly, the Asus PadFone 2 prices start at around $620 for the 16GB model, and go to as much as $750 for the 64GB model in Taiwan. If you buy it as a bundle with the PadFone, you’d pay $210 more at each price point. And alone, the Station costs $310. So there you have it, one of the hottest devices this Holiday has just been released. Are you getting it?

source: Asus

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posted on 16 Oct 2012, 01:57 10

1. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


Expensive.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:03 5

4. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


without a doubt..........but i gotta say this phone looks good and has beastly specs!

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:06 4

5. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


I never said this phone is ugly or doesn't have specs to show for.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:08 2

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


no i didnt say you said that i was jus giving my personal opinion on it :)

and was maybe saying it may be worth the price thats all

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:30 2

15. Nookie4u (Posts: 127; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


awesome specs and cool design, the only let down for me is the non-expandable storage.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:11 1

10. wendygarett (unregistered)


That's phablet... Not surprised if it expensive...

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:18 1

12. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


this isnt really a phablet wendy........a phablet is 5 inches and above like Note and Note 2

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:26

14. wendygarett (unregistered)


You can use it as phone and also a tablets...
If it is not phablet... What is it??

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:44 6

16. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


you can use it "with" a tablet not "as" a tablet wendy

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:59

21. wendygarett (unregistered)


My mistake :D
But still it is an alternative right? Lol

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 03:11 1

25. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


depends, if you wanna look at it like that then yea i guess, but phablets are in the 5+ range wendy

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 03:09 4

24. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


phablet is not a definition for a phone that can dock into a tablet station..

phablet is a cross device between phone and tablet..

Padfone is a phone, not a tablet and not a phablet.
But it can dock into a tablet chassis that will turn it into a tablet..

and that doesn't mean it's a phablet..

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:49 4

18. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


at least cheaper than the iPhone! :)

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 03:08 2

23. MeoCao (unregistered)


I don't think the phone is expensive if the software is done right. The specs are very good.

But I agree that the pad is very expensive, how come the pad is as expensive as N7 even when bundled with the phone, and close to iPad2 when sold alone?

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 05:04 2

28. NAHEK (Posts: 7; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


This isn't expensive. It's a little more than S3, but you get a better the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and 2GB of RAM and a 13MP camera.. A good display(in my opinion) and you can turn it into a TABLET! A good tablet. For only 200-300$(the tablet). How can you say that's expensive ?

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 05:04 2

29. Hammerfest (Posts: 348; Member since: 12 May 2012)


Very, for this price I expected ASUS to match its Infinity tablet with 1920x1200 resolution and higher pixel density on the tablet portion (seeing as it makes a huge difference, yes I own a 1280x800 tablet and have used the Infinity, its a grand canyon affair when it comes to quality).

Its disapointing enough to be written off as something I wont be buying.

Everything else looks nice however...

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 05:16 3

30. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1433; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Ill take the girl ;-)

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 09:33 1

40. marcdunn82 (Posts: 10; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Yeah she is super hawt

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 12:51

48. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


lmaooo ikr.....it was super late when they posted this article and all i was thinking ....Super bad chick with a sexi phone in her hand .....i'll take em both! LOL

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 08:11 1

39. ckingt4 (Posts: 26; Member since: 15 May 2012)


Its really not bad, just not subsidised. I get an unsubsidised phone every other year and its been between 600 and 800, so its just about right I guess.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 01:57 4

2. Pings (Posts: 289; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


That's bad ass. But!, I like my soft keys.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:03 6

3. rustyimtiaz (Posts: 44; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Optimus G who???? Padphone 2's kid!!!! Gonna get this!!! Optimus G sry m not getting u!!!!

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:09 7

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


you mean iphone who..........padphone baby! lolz

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:06 1

6. predator93 (Posts: 119; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


This is the best product of the year so for.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:09 3

9. darkskoliro (Posts: 885; Member since: 07 May 2012)


*facepalm*
I WANT THE 1080P RES ON THE TABLET

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:56 2

20. cr4zyn1nj4 (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I can't believe they went with 1280x800 again. For such a premium product, that just makes no sense to me :(

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 03:02 2

22. darkskoliro (Posts: 885; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Ill have to see for myself whether or not this 1280x800 is going to bother me, because I really like the HD display on the infinity...

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:12 1

11. wendygarett (unregistered)


Nice phablet :)

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:22 3

13. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


s**t just got real. :)

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:48

17. erikiksaz (Posts: 65; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)


And asus had to go and fsck it up by adding their stupid logo right underneath the soft keys. Way to disrupt the otherwise beautiful design.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:50

19. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


this is innovation!!! really loving this!!! bur i wish price a bit cheaper though! :)

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 03:18 1

26. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i wish asus will be like samsung and be a tiger in mobile space too!

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 03:19 1

27. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


HTC my foot.. Asus is the boss of Taiwan.
This phone is beats the One x + and just about anything else.
Had they made the tablet station full hd, it would've also turn into the best, most powerful tablet on the market!

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 05:55 1

31. mrllano (Posts: 87; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


I want the girl holding the phone!!!!

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 06:14 1

32. baditrick (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Holy **** The model holding the white padfone is EXTREMELY HOT!!!! I prefer her over the phone :) Anyone know what is her name? lol

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 06:43

33. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


tooooo expensive!

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 06:55 1

34. estreito (Posts: 14; Member since: 11 May 2012)


This is way better than a phone and a tablet individually, because everything is in the same device.
With 3g data usage costs in my country (Portugal), cloud storage isn't really an option...
In this subject, why is 3g data usage so expensive?

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 07:25

35. someones4 (Posts: 613; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


i wonder if the tablet portion can function by itself? i want one if that's the case. phone and tablet in a package

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 07:32 1

36. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


No it cannot function, it's just a screen and a battery - no processor or memory.
But keep in mind that Padfone's S4 Pro is the most powerful SoC right now, so when you hook it to this screen you get one beastly tablet

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 19:30

49. someones4 (Posts: 613; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


slight bummer. i keep imagining that it functions separately. then you can multitask more easily. looks cooler too

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 07:35

37. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Anyway, i have to note that phone and a tablet shell extension will be an unbeatable combination once they make it function OVER THE AIR.
I don't think it's an impossible proposition at all.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 07:37 1

38. TheDarkKnight (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Nice! I am considering this!!!

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 09:35

41. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Padfone wtf back to the drawing board...not catchy name

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 10:38

42. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5479; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


bring it to Verizon and I would seriously consider this. o:

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 10:58

43. The_Innovation (Posts: 531; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


*IF* it even comes to U.S. carriers, it's going to be split into 8mp and a 13mp models. lolz

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 11:36 1

44. tgtftw (Posts: 31; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


I'll wait till the reviews and hope it will be compatable with VZW. I need something to compare HTC's next monster with before making a decision.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 11:38

45. jhattara (Posts: 30; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Everyone who considers this expensive, please note, it's pretty close to HTC One X+ but you also get the 10" tablet dock with backup battery for €100 or less.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 11:52

46. cncrim (Posts: 414; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


I don't know all about you guys, but for me I pass on this one..... alway wait for at least 2nd generation phone before I buy. Normally the first one is experience phone quite a lot of bug need to iron out, that's why I buy 2nd gen or later.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 11:58

47. jhattara (Posts: 30; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


This is the 2nd generation device. Original PadFone has been available for four months in select regions around the world.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 20:08 1

50. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1340; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


can i buy that girl on the picture?

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 22:10

51. Fuego84 (Posts: 250; Member since: 13 May 2012)


This is definitely something I want but at these prices it better not hold back on the updates. That would make it an old android device fast.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 17:22

52. jhattara (Posts: 30; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


So far original PadFone has received updates about 6 months after a new Android version was released. Jelly Bean is rumored to arrive in December.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 13:16

53. Fuego84 (Posts: 250; Member since: 13 May 2012)


I can't wait! Does Asus have this patented? Can and will other manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, or Motorola make these padfones?. I really want one but this video only shows Japan's version of the device right? I mean I want to buy one but not if 3g is what it offers I want 4g Lte since all carriers are basically going there.

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