(TS) – Last month, when Asus announced its new PadFone 2, it said the device would become available before the end of the year in select European and Asian markets. And now, for the first time, we have a solid European launch date for the smartphone-tablet hybrid.
The PadFone 2 is a 4.7-inch Android smartphone that docks with the PadFone 2 Station to become 10.1-inch tablet. Apps are optimised to support both tablet and phone modes, offering an instant transition between smartphone and tablet screen sizes.
Asus claims that its ‘Design Thinking’ philosophy has helped in reducing the PadFone 2 Station’s thickness and weight. The device now weighs 649 grams with the combined weight of both PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station making it lighter than most tablets on the market. The dock mechanism has been redesigned to require a one step to use. PadFone 2 has also been designed to increase its screen size to 4.7-inches, while reducing its thickness and weight to just 9mm at its thickest point and weighing 135g respectively.
Here is a quick look at the highlighted features of the Asus PadFone 2:
- 4.7-inch 720p Super IPS+ panel with up to 550nits brightness
- LTE, 3G, GPRS, NFC, Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.0 with USB 2.0 Host
- 13MP f/2.4 BSI sensor with full HD video recording at 30fps, 1.2MP front camera
- 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions
- MHL for AV out
Asus claims that the PadFone 2’s 2140mAh battery provides up to 16 hours 3G talk-time and 13 hours Wi-Fi web browsing, while PadFone 2 Station’s 5000mAh battery gives up to 36 hours of 3G talk-time. PadFone 2 Station’s internal battery also has enough capacity to recharge the docked PadFone 2 three times over. However, this claim cannot be verified until we put it through our stringent battery test.
The handset comes equipped with a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. The display uses scratch-resistant Corning Fit Glass and offers a wide viewing angle and 550 nits brightness for stunning outdoor visibility.
The PadFone 2 will be available in 32GB and 64GB versions. Both models are unlocked and listed for free on monthly plans from E-Plus (German’s third largest mobile carrier) and as low as €34 per month.
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