Asus officially announced its new PadFone Mini smartphone in Taiwan this week. The smartphone has a 4.3-inch screen with a native resolution of 960 x 540. The chip inside the smartphone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 paired with 1GB of RAM. Internal storage is 16GB.
Traditionally no one in the technology industry likes to announce their products around the same time Apple is holding an event. The goings-on at Apple during the unveiling event overshadow a lot of other things in the industry. Asus has reportedly decided to wait a week after Apple's announcement of the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S to unveil its new PadPhone Infinity.
This week we've gotten the opportunity to have a peek at the ASUS Padfone Infinity, the newest and by far most powerful iteration of this concept the company has yet delivered. This device is about to be a rather large blip on the Android radar around the world as it brings both an ultra-powerful processor to the tablet/phone crossover universe and offers a rather enticing package at a rather low price. Have a peek at this machine - or these machines, rather, in the experience we've prepared for you here.
This week the folks at ASUS showed a brand new iteration of the Padfone - this time titled the Padfone Infinity. This next-generation dual-purpose device works as a phone and a tablet, with the phone plugging in to the tablet as a docking station. This version of the device - the phone part, that is, works with a 5-inch Full HD display at 1920 x 1080 resolution, that being 441 PPI - "better than the retina display" as ASUS made clear.
ASUS started rolling out the Android Jelly Bean update for its Padfone 2 handset, which was announced back in Ocotober. The update reached a small number of users last month, but is now finally available for all Padfone 2 users starting today. The update will take users to Android version 4.1, and is hitting users in waves.
ASUS's freshly announced docking PadFone 2 phone/tablet hybrid will arrive in Europe and Asia before the end of December, complete with a newly-designed dock that can hold the smartphone even if shaken violently. The clever bay - even though it lacks the protective door of the first-gen PadFone - is the result of 2.5 years of development time, and can withstand being bumped, smacked around, and generally mistreated. Check out the video demo of that after the cut.
As it said it would back in September, ASUS just unveiled its smartphone-in-a-tablet PadFone 2 in Taiwan, showing off its sleek design and upgraded specs. This unique tablet/smartphone combo features a smartphone that slides into a slot on the back of its accompanying tablet. The PadFone 2 features many upgrades over the original PadFone, getting everything right that the original fell short of.