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

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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Padfone 2
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2140 mAh(16h 3G talk time)



1. No_Nonsense unregistered


4. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

5. No_Nonsense unregistered

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

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

15. Nookie4u

Posts: 133; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

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

10. wendygarett unregistered

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

12. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

14. wendygarett unregistered

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

16. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

21. wendygarett unregistered

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

25. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

24. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 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..

18. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

at least cheaper than the iPhone! :)

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?


Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 12, 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 ?

29. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 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...

30. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Ill take the girl ;-)

40. marcdunn82

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Yeah she is super hawt

48. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

lmaooo 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

39. ckingt4

Posts: 26; Member since: May 15, 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.

2. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

3. rustyimtiaz

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

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

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

6. predator93

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

This is the best product of the year so for.

9. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012


20. cr4zyn1nj4

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

22. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 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...

11. wendygarett unregistered

Nice phablet :)

13. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

s**t just got real. :)

17. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 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.

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