[MWC 2013] Along with a 7-inch tablet, ASUS has also just announced the PadFone Infinity, a 5″ LTE smartphone that can dock into a 10″ Tablet companion body, which turns it into a full tablet. ASUS had introduced the concept here at Mobile World Congress, so it’s not surprising that the new model is being launched here. The new device runs on Android 4.2 and uses Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor.
Design-wise, the PadFone Infinity uses aerospace-grade Aluminum which should make it feel nice and solid. The Smartphone is the brains of the operations, and when used in stand-alone mode, provides a 5″ 1920×1080 (441 ppi) display for the user to gaze at. There is 64GB of internal storage and it integrates the 100 Mbps LTE flavor. When LTE is not available, the device can fall back to 42Mbps DC-HSPA+ when available.
ASUS wanted to make sure that the phone experience is complete and high-end, so it has added a 13 Megapixel camera with a large aperture f2.0 lens that should do well in low-light situations. There is also a fast image processing chip that helps the camera shoot at 8 images per second “without shutter lag” says ASUS. The same 8 FPS burst mode can also be used during a 1080p video recording, so that’s pretty impressive. The ASUS PadFone Infinity will be available April 2013 and will be priced at 999 Euros (~$1,330).
PADFONE INFINITY SPECIFICATIONS
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 quad-core (1.7GHz) with Adreno 320 GPU
5-inch (1920 x 1080 / 441PPI) Super IPS (400 nit)
Main Camera: 13MP Sony BSI Sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 5-element lens, autofocus, LED flash, 8FPS burst mode (100 sequential shots)
Front Camera: 2MP
2GB LPDDR2-1066 RAM
NFC (built into the Padfone logo on the back – very clever!)
EDGE/GPRS/GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz)
WCDMA (900, 2100MHz)
LTE (800, 1800, 2100, 2600MHz)
DC-HSPA+ (42Mbit/s download, 5.76Mbit/s upload)
LTE (100Mbit/s download, 50Mbit/s upload)
2.4GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
3.5mm headphone socket
MyDP port (supports Micro-USB 2.0 Host & Device, up to 1080p video-out)
A-GPS with GLONASS, accelerometer, proximity, ambient light, gyroscope, e-compass
Battery 2400mAh Lithium polymer (non-removable)
143.5 x 72.8 x 6.3~8.9mm, 141g