Although the first PadFone Asus made didn’t have a huge success, the company decided to give it a second chance. Digital Magnet presents the recently announced Asus PadFone 2.
As to the way this one of a kind device works or rather, those two pieces work altogether, we already know by the previous model. So what you have is a 4.7 inch smartphone that goes into a 10.1 inch tablet dock station.
What you have is a 4.7 inch smartphone that goes into a 10.1 inch tablet dock station
The smarphone display works at 720×1280 pixel resolution, or that is 312 pixels per inch. The brightness level is pretty good and does a great job when when you work outside in bright sunny days. The tablet display panel is an LCD one and features an IPS+ technology again at 12800×800 pixel resolution. Both displays are Gorilla Glass-protected.
The tablet display panel is an LCD one and features an IPS+ technology again at 12800×800 pixel resolution
Now the most logic question is what happens when someone calls you during you are say.. browsing on the tablet? Well the good news is that the phone is able to receive messages and calls while in the tablet, but if you want to go ahead and pick up you just need to pull the phone out.
The convenience starts when you just plug in the phone into the tablet dock and the contents you are viewing continue to run on the tablet display without you bothering to switch or press any keys. The data transition is instant and smooth. Software-wise we wish Asus had done more than a minor software upadate as the device operates under Android Jelly Bean being 4.1.
PadFone 2 supports the fast 4G LTE connectivity for faster access to web content
Still from Asus ensure that the overall performance and productivity have been boosted in comparison to the PadFone 1 device. Asus have achieved this by putting a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU inside at 1.5GHz frequency. It comes with 2GB of system memory. PadFone 2 supports the fast 4G LTE connectivity for faster access to web content and smoother performance.
Maybe the biggest disadvantage about the PadFone 2 is the absence of a micro SD card slot. So maybe we should mention the available storage options. This hybrid device comes in 16GB/32GB/64GB memory. The graphic processor on board is Adreno 320.
Battery life is another improvement since in comparison to the first PadFone.
The quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU inside works at 1.5GHz frequency
The smarthpone is powered by a 2 140mAh battery unit which provides around 15 hours of talk and play with the handset. The dock station holds a second battery unit – a 5000mAh one. Those two high-capacity battery pieces will provide as much power as you need no matter what apps you run or games you play.
Camera is also one thing that has been optimized for better quality images and video even in low-light. It now features an HDR mode as well as an automatic brightness control.
The dock station holds a second battery unit – a 5000mAh one
The handset has a 13MP base camera with autofocus and F2.4 aperture for excellent images in dark environments. The front optics is a 1.2MP. There is a third camera unit on the back panel of the pad which has 1MP quality. The PadFone2 supports Bluetooth v4, NFC and MHL via the micro USB v2 port.
The design provides a nice feel both to the handset and the tablet station as well, combining plastic and metal. The whole construction weighs around 649grams.