The much awaited successor to ASUS PadFone: the PadFone 2, has been officially unveiled today in Taipei, Taiwan by ASUS CEO Jerry Shen. Just few days back we showed you some leaked images of the PadFone 2 from Evleakes. The new Padfone 2 looks exactly like the ones shown in the pictures. The only information we did not have about the PadFone 2 was its specs and now we have it.
Design wise, like we said in our previous post, ASUS has redesigned the whole device. They have done away with the flap, which used to cover phone slot in the PadFone Station. The slot for the phone on the PadFone station has rubber grip on the sides which hold the phone in. Like in the previous PadFone and other devices from ASUS, the ripple design has also been incorporated into the new PadFone 2. As found on the previous Padfone, the ripples originate from the cam. Sadly, the ripple pattern is not found on the PadFone station. Instead the back of the PadFone station has been given a rubbery texture. The phone slot is surrounded by a thin metallic strip. A similar metallic strip is found on the PadFone. The thickness of the strip reduces towards the bottom of the device, giving an illusion that the thickness of the phone reduces. The only design feature that sticks out is that of the connector at the bottom. Other than that, the PadFone 2 looks beautiful.
Now onto the hardware, rumours of which have excited many. Let us start with screen. The PadFone comes with a 4.7 inch 720p super IPS+ display. It is powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and a 2140mAh battery. The PadFone comes with a 13MP cam with f/2.4 aperture and a 1.2MP front facing cam. The 13MP cam is capable of recording 1080p videos @30fps and 720p videos @60fps. It has storage capacity up to 64GB with no options for expansion using a micro-SD card. Instead ASUS have offered an additional 50GB of cloud storage.
The new PadFone 2, like in the original PadFone, most of the main components like the processor, camera etc., is housed in the PadFone smartphone. Hence the PadFone station is just a large screen with a battery, loud speaker and an antenna which enhances connectivity. The battery pack in the PadFone station has been reduced to 5000mAh from the original 6600mAh. The PadFone station has a 10.2inch 1280X800 IPS display.
The PadFone comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but ASUS promised to bring out a Jelly Bean update.
For all who want to put their hands on this device, you will have to wait. This is what ASUS has to say about the availability of the device.
PadFone 2 will be launched before the end of December in Europe (Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden) and Asia (Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, U.A.E). Availability in other countries will be announced at a later date.