Asus unveiled the PadFone 2, the successor to the company’s original smartphone/tablet device, the PadFone, in Taipei.
The PadFone 2, like the original PadFone, combines a smartphone with a docking station, or PadFone Station Slate that serves as a tablet when the phone is attached to it.
The second-generation PadFone 2 boasts a bigger display than its predecessor, clocking in at 4.7in with a 720p IPS display.
The PadFone 2 also has a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, a 1.2-megapixel front camera, and a whopping 13-megapixel rear-facing camera which supports 1080p at 30fps, 720p at 60fps and is apparently capable of up to 100 continuous shots at full resolution.
The device also has NFC capabilities and comes with 50GB of Asus’s WebStorage which is valid for two years but comes in place of a MicroSD expansion slot.
The docking slate, which serves as a tablet when the smartphone is attached, boasts a 10.1in (1,280 x 800-pixels) display, a slimmed down 5,000mAh battery, and weighs in at 514g (without phone).
The PadFone 2 will ship running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), but a Jelly Bean update is believed to be in the works.
The device is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, and will be launched throughout Europe and most of Asia in late December, with further release dates in the pipe line. — Relaxnews 2012
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