Asus Padfone X with Android 4.4 KitKat spotted in benchmark, might be released soon
An unannounced Asus Padfone, dubbed Padfone X, has been found in AnTuTu’s database recently. Reportedly, this is the successor to the Padfone 2 introduced at the end of 2012 - thus one year ago.
From the info revealed by AnTuTu, we know that the Padfone X (or Padfone 3 - perhaps this will be its final name) runs Android 4.4 KitKat. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (the MSM-8974AB, to be exact), while other features include a 1200 x 1920 pixels display of unknown size, a rear camera of at least 5MP, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory. 1200 x 1920 is almost surely the pixel resolution of the Padfone X's smartphone display, but the tablet accompanying it may have a similar resolution. Naturally, we must keep in mind that this is preliminary info, so the specs may change before the Padfone X becomes official.
The Padfone X has scored really high in AnTuTu Benchmark v4.0 - as you’d expect from a quad-core device that’s running KitKat. It is not clear when (or if) Asus is planning to announce the device. But we can see the company unveiling it at CES 2014 in January, or during MWC in February.
Is anyone looking forward for yet another possibly expensive Padfone from Asus? If we're taking into consideration the sales of the Padfone 2 (sold in almost 1 million units as of February), the answer seems to be yes.
1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2149; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Such a silly concept. You'll carry around 2 devices (with the price tag of two) and you'll only ever be able use one
3. starandmountain (Posts: 53; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)
Don't forget that there are also some advantages, even though a lot nowadays goes via the cloud, many people still want all their personal things on the device itself and not on the internet. thereby the menu's of both devices are probably the same which makes it easy to use. Those 2 things just came in mind, but there will probably be more advantages
14. Finalflash (Posts: 2200; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
How about a 4g capable tablet for 250 using the same plan as your phone? That has to be the greatest benefit.
4. buccob (Posts: 2165; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Also if I happen to buy 2 phones (one for me and one for my wife) I can have only 1 Tablet Station and we both get to share it...
The concept is miles ahead of what Motorola tried years ago... And I agree that price is the problem, but the concept is not...
If I go on my daily routine I will probably just carry the phone, but if I get home, or go traveling, or maybe even work I will probably carry the tablet station...
6. kamejoko (Posts: 146; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)
With this price you can buy 2tablet + 2 phone (1 for you and 1 for your wife).
Don't forget with tablet you will have ram, beautiful display and you can use or sell if you want a new ones.
With phone you can use or sell if you want or not.
But with Padfone. If you sell phone or lost phone, tablet dock will be die. waste of money.
9. buccob (Posts: 2165; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
What price? I haven't seen the PadFone Infitiny 2 officially launched yet?
in Europe is close to 750 Euros... and thats about the price of the newest iPad... and thats it...
Also the alternative for me, the Sony Xperia Z1 (or mini) would also be close to that price point... so your argument is invalid unless you provide some links...
And yes, if I lose the phone, the tablet is almost worthless (you can sell it to other PadFone users on Ebay) But people looking to buy a PadFone will most likely want to buy the Tablet station as well...
But its basically the same when you buy Power Cases, or accesories made just for your phone...
2. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 248; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
Actually it's the 4th generation of PadFone.. PadFone>PadFone 2>PadFone Infinity>PadFone X
You are wellcome :)
5. buccob (Posts: 2165; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Actually it would be the 6th generation...
PadFone > PadFone 2 > PadFone Infinity > New PadFone Infinity > PadFone Mini > PadFone X
(The New PadFone Infinity was called by many PadFone Infinity 2, it was a bit more than a refresh... it brough new network bands, microSD Slot, and Snapdragon 800 instead of 600... kind of like iPhone 5s vs iPhone 5)
You are welcome.
The article might be separating the PadFones in categories...
PadFones Infinity (aluminum)
PadFone Mini (new 4.3")
So if this is the case... this PadFone in Plastic would be the 3rd
And by the way the Camera is AT LEAST 8MP... no way they are putting a less resolution one than the camera in PadFone Mini
11. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 248; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
I deliberately did not included the "mini" version, because we were talking about flagships :) And I did not knew, that there was a refreshed version of the "Infinity"..
Thank you for the info. :)
12. buccob (Posts: 2165; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Yeah I do not know why PhoneArena did not cover the whole "New PadFone Infinity" thing... it is actually the most likely to be arriving to the US...
This phone is considered to be one of the best designs in 2013 (next to HTC One) and it actually outperform the others... It really bothers me that America (continent) is being left out, and the same happen with many Sony Models
13. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 248; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
Really.. Sony is one OEM, but other big OEMs like Apple, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, LG and ect., main target always were US.. And not to mention that Americans have the benefit of LTE.
7. Taters (Posts: 5055; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
They need a better solution. A phone and tablet with a permanent wireless connection would be much better. If they can pull off something like a tablet with a built in Apple TV that auto mirrors your phone once powered on would be a much better solution.
Even LG's G2 software that let's you do everything on your tablet is a better solution than this in my opinion. Opening an app is easier than docking a phone into your tablet.....
8. buccob (Posts: 2165; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
You are missing the point... A tablet with another processor, another memory, another full circuitry and everything else would add to the cost...
I agree that they are already expensive at this price point, but docking is not only a way to "sync" content... you also bypass the whole concept and there is no data exchange needed...
I live in a country with poor cellular connectivity and a really crappy broadband... so I hate Cloud solutions... So having a phone with all my content in it and being able to turn it into a tablet is great... and both combine weith about the same as an iPad 4...
I currently do not have any of this... but instead I have a Sony Xperia that can mirror simply with microHDMI and leavy my microUSB port to be used with an OTG cable... so I plug it to my TV and make my phone act almost as a desktop PC...
The beauty of the PadFone is that it also adapt the resolution and the apps... so I could be running some apps like Autodesk FormIt in tablet resolution instead of having blown up icons and text... And also there are many apps not optimized for mouse/keyboard in android, so having a touchscreen really helps on this side...
Definitely getting a PadFone in 2014 if it comes to US or near my country
10. buccob (Posts: 2165; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
The smartphone display is not going to be 1920x1200 that is the aspect ratio used for asus tablets.. so it is probably going to be the Tablet Station... the phone will probably have 1920x1080.
And it might be a 4.7"
15. skyline88 (Posts: 402; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
the Infinity is selling at a cool 770 USD over in my place, and Padfone 2 is 490 USD.
well, considering high end tablets, for example Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) is selling at 590 USD, and even the pathetic iPad Air (16GB, wifi version) cost as much as Padfone 2, paying 770 USD for 2 devices sounds promising.
the price is good, but the concept is a bit on the downside. i imagined a father who wants to check his emails on the phone but his son wants to play Candy Crush on the tablet, and they both end up fighting.
16. buccob (Posts: 2165; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
I agree that this might not be for sharing purposes... but in a selfish kind of way... this would make a great device for anyone looking for those 2 devices minus redundancy... Why pay for another processor, ram, back camera? Luckily my son is too young to use this things... I only give him my phone to "play" with the Jelly Beans Easter egg of my phone... And a little bit of Nintendo's Duck Hunt under my supervision...