Asus has been teasing a new generation of its Padfone for MWC, and sure enough it has just become official: the Asus Padfone Infinity, a device coming in two parts, a 5-inch, 1080p 4G LTE phone that docks into a 10.1-inch tablet with a 1080p display.
The new Padfone Infinity comes with a sleek aluminum alloy body with brushed metal finish. Under the hood, a quad-core 1.7GHz Quadlcomm Snapdragon 600 processor with Adreno 320 graphics and 2GB of RAM power the experience.
The 5-inch Padfone Infinity features a 13-megapixel rear camera with Sony BSI sensor and wide f/2.0 aperture for better low-light performance. The camera unit consists of 5-elements and features a single LED flash. On the front, there is a 2-megapixel snapper.
Designwise, you get a phone that measures 8.9mm at its thickest but goes down to 6.3mm at its slimmest point. Inside, there is a 2,400mAh non-removable battery. Good news is the Padfone Infinity launches with the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box.
The Padfone Infinity Station on the other hand, the 10-inch tablet chassis, has a 1,920 x 1,200-pixel resolution and packs a 5,000mAh battery. It is powered completely by the 5-inch phone that docks in it, so it does not have a standalone processor. It does however feature a 1-megapixel front camera. The station is 10.7mm thick and weighs 530g.
The Padfone Infinity phone cum tablet combo will come in 32GB or 64GB versions with a nano-SIM card slot. We don’t have the exact release date just yet but price should be around £799 ($1,200) in the UK.
ASUS Announces PadFone™ Infinity LTE smartphone with 5-inch Full HD display combines with a 10.1-inch tablet dock for seamless mobile flexibility
Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain (25th February, 2013) — ASUS today announced PadFone™ Infinity, a powerful LTE smartphone with a sleek metallic design and a 5-inch Full HD display that becomes a 10.1-inch tablet when docked to its companion PadFone™ Infinity Station. PadFone™ Infinity features Android 4.2 and groundbreaking mobile performance, thanks to its next-generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 quad-core processor and up to 19 hours* of 3G talk time. “PadFone™ Infinity is the latest evolution of our PadFone™ line,” said Jonney Shih, ASUS Chairman. “It combines incredible design with an uncompromised user experience derived from our Design Thinking philosophy.”
Premium design with premium performance With a slender unibody design crafted from aerospace-grade aluminum, ASUS PadFone™ Infinity is both beautiful and durable. The 5-inch screen features a 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution with an extraordinary 441 pixels-per-inch for text so crisp it looks like a printed page and wonderfully detailed high-resolution images. 64GB of storage complements the class-leading Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 1.7GHz quad-core processor for a smooth and responsive premium Android experience, while 100Mbit/s LTE and 42Mbit/s DC-HSPA+ ensure super-fast web browsing and downloads. ASUS PadFone™ Infinity features a high-performance 13-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 5-element lens that captures incredibly detailed images with no shutter lag. A dedicated image signal-processor enhances low-light image quality and enables PadFone™ Infinity to capture up to 100 sequential photos at 8 frames-per-second, while simultaneously recording 1080p Full HD video. PadFone™ Infinity can also output 1080p Full HD video via its micro-USB-compatible MyDP interface.
Share apps and mobile data instantly The unique two-in-one nature of ASUS PadFone™ removes the tedious need to synchronize data between smartphone and tablet. Data and settings on PadFone™ Infinity are available instantly on PadFone™ Infinity Station upon docking, and running apps are smoothly reformatted to fit the larger display. Mobile data bills are also reduced, since a single data plan can be shared between both devices. PadFone™ Infinity comes with new and exclusive ASUS apps, including SuperNote 3.1 for note taking, Story for creating stunning photo albums and ASUS Echo for voice control of PadFone™ Infinity. PadFone™ Infinity has up to 19 hours of 3G talk time*, which increases to up to 40 hours when docked into PadFone™ Infinity Station. PadFone™ Infinity Station also has sufficient battery capacity to fully recharge the docked PadFone™ Infinity up to three times. ### *Specifications may vary without prior notice. Options, pricing, performance and availability dependent upon region. For more details about the products mentioned in this press release, please visit http://press.asus.com . Availability & Pricing - UK The combined price of the ASUS PadFone™ Infinity and Infinity Station will be around SRP £799 (inc VAT). Exact price and availability will be announced closer to UK launch date.