ASUS just introduced us to the latest member of the Padfone family, the Padfone Infinity and we had a chance to go hands-on with the phone/tablet hybrid. Unlike the equally new Fonepad, which is more or less a tablet with full phone functionality, the Padfone is all phone until you slide the 5-inch handset into its docking station. That’s when the magic happens.
The Padfone Infinity gets its power from the phone portion of the combo and features a quad-core Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.7GHz. The 5-inch display features a resolution of 1080p and a pixel density of about 440 ppi. Add in 2GB of RAM, storage options of 32GB and 64GB, and a 13MP camera (2MP front-facing) and you have the sort of hardware that can turn heads.
While the specs are on par with some of the best devices on the market, it’s the only one that can dock into a tablet. The tablet portion features a 1080p 10.1-inch Super IPS display, 1MP camera, and a microUSB port, leaving the heavy lifting to the actual phone.
The Padfone is a pretty gorgeous device to behold, and even without the tablet half it would be well worth consideration. The slate/phone will drop later this year at a price of about 999 euro. That’s a little steep, even considering everything you get. Hopefully some carrier will be brave enough to subsidize the Padfone and make it more affordable for the masses.