Now here's something interesting. Although the Asus PadFone
hit the shelves not too long ago, its maker may already have a working prototype of a follow-up to its smartphone/tablet hybrid. Just recently, a device identified as an Asus PadFone 2 was benchmarked
using AnTuTu setting an impressive score of 13,950 points. In comparison, that is about 450 more than what a Samsung Galaxy Note II
is said to be capable of reaching.
The impressive figure might have been made possible by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, possibly a Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC. That is just a guess however, based on the fact that the PadFone sports a dual-core Snapdragon S4, which could possibly mean that the company might stick to using Qualcomm silicon.
The evidence lines up nicely with earlier rumors, suggesting that Asus has not given up on the 2-in-1 tablet and smartphone combo
concept. If the same rumors are to be trusted, however, the Asus PadFone 2 might not be available for purchase earlier than Q4 of 2013, and only if demand for the existing PadFone turns out to be sufficient in order to justify releasing a successor.