Earlier this year at MWC 2013, ASUS announced the PadFone Infinity, an upgraded and redesigned version of the PadFone 2. While the PadFone Infinity is available for purchase in the US, it is via unofficial channels and there are some who are still waiting for an official release, possibly with carrier partnership to help subsidize the cost of the device. Unfortunately we are still waiting for such a thing to happen, but a recent benchmark sighting might be able to explain why no US availability has been announced yet.
According to the benchmarks, a certain ASUS PadFone Infinity A86 has made an appearance with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset in tow, leaving some to speculate that US availability has been delayed as ASUS was looking to launch the Snapdragon 800 model in the US instead. A “new PadFone Infinity” listing has also be found on ASUS’ support site which we’re not sure if it could be the official name or a placeholder, but all of which suggests that it could be coming soon.
Earlier in August a leak suggested that ASUS could be working on a variety of new products, with the PadFone Infinity being one of them. Reliable leaker @evleaks also confirmed the A86 model on his Twitter account a couple of days ago, along with its processor and some of its features. No word on when ASUS will announce the new PadFone Infinity, but with IFA 2013 around the corner, hopefully it will be soon.