ASUS has just announced an exciting new device at its 2013 press conference for Mobile World Congress. Meet the PadFone Infinity, the new phone by ASUS that can fit inside the back of a slate to deliver a tablet experience when docked.
The smartphone bit of the package is a 5-inch 1080p HD device with Android 4.2, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, a whopping 64GB of internal storage, a 13 megapixel lens with 5 elements and f/2.0 aperture that can shoot 100 sequential shots at 8 frames per second, full HD video recording, a 2 megapixel sensor on the front, 32 or 64GB of internal storage, and more. ASUS is also boasting up to 19 hours of smartphone talk time.
When docked inside the tablet — which has a 10.1 inch 1080p display, a 5,000 mAh battery, a 1 megapixel front-facing camera, GPS, 4G LTE, a speaker and more — that becomes 41 hours of talk time, and the dock can fully charge the smartphone up to three times on a full charge. The device will available starting Q2 for a combined price of €999 when you buy the smartphone and tablet dock packaged, though pricing will vary from market to market. We’ll look to get some more diverse pricing information from ASUS, but be sure to rad on for full press details in the meantime.
ASUS Announces Next-Generation PadFone™ Infinity
LTE smartphone with 5-inch Full HD display combines with a 10.1-inch tablet dock
for seamless mobile flexibility
Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain (25th February, 2013) — ASUS today announced PadFone™ Infinity, a powerful LTE smartphone with a sleek metallic design and a 5-inch Full HD display that becomes a 10.1-inch tablet when docked to its companion PadFone™ Infinity Station. PadFone™ Infinity features Android 4.2 and groundbreaking mobile performance, thanks to its next-generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 processor with quad-core CPU and up to 19 hours of 3G talk time.
“PadFone™ Infinity is the latest evolution of our PadFone™ line,” said Jonney Shih, ASUS Chairman. “It combines incredible design with an uncompromised user experience derived from our Design Thinking philosophy.”
Premium design with premium performance
With a slender unibody design crafted from aerospace-grade aluminum, ASUS PadFone™ Infinity is both beautiful and durable. The 5-inch screen features a 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution with an extraordinary 441 pixels-per-inch for text so crisp it looks like a printed page, and wonderfully detailed high-resolution images. 64GB of storage complements the class-leading Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 1.7GHz processor with quad-core CPU for a smooth and responsive premium Android experience, while 100Mbit/s LTE and 42Mbit/s DC-HSPA+ ensure super-fast web browsing and downloads.
ASUS PadFone™ Infinity features a high-performance 13-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 five-element lens that captures incredibly detailed images, with no shutter lag. A dedicated image signal-processor enhances low-light image quality and enables PadFone™ Infinity to capture up to 100 sequential photos at eight frames-per-second, while simultaneously recording 1080p Full HD video. PadFone™ Infinity can also output 1080p Full HD video via its Micro-USB-compatible MyDP port.
Share apps and mobile data instantly
The unique two-in-one nature of ASUS PadFone™ removes the tedious need to synchronize data between smartphone and tablet. Data and settings on PadFone™ Infinity are available instantly on PadFone™ Infinity Station upon docking and running apps are smoothly reformatted to fit the larger display. Mobile data bills are also reduced, since a single data plan can be shared between both devices.
PadFone™ Infinity comes with new and exclusive ASUS apps, including SuperNote 3.1 for note taking, Story for creating stunning photo albums and ASUS Echo for voice control of PadFone™ Infinity.
PadFone™ Infinity has up to 19 hours of 3G talk time, which increases to up to 40 hours when docked into PadFone™ Infinity Station. PadFone™ Infinity Station also has sufficient battery capacity to fully recharge the docked PadFone™ Infinity up to three times.
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
ASUS PadFone Infinity will be available in Taiwan from April and selected other countries from early Q2 2013. The combined price of PadFone Infinity 64GB and PadFone Infinity Station is €999 (MSRP). Exact pricing and specifications may vary by market. Please confirm full pricing and availability with your local ASUS representative.
Totally agree! I just have the foll. questions : 1. Which is the screen technology being used? 2. Can one buy the phone without the pad/dock? 3. Sound quality for both – the phone speaker and through the headphones. Hope you can find out this info.
Too bad it will never be available here in the states just like the other padfones.
Does the phone itself look a little iPhone5-ey from the front and side to anyone else? I’d be surprised if they don’t get a call…
If only this would come to the US and be on Verizon…
Why didn’t they bring the Padfone to the US? I would own one right now if they had.
Dayumm Asus, you make sexy devices <3
That design on the rears bottom looks strikingly similar to the htc one zero gap..
Overall I really like the design.
its only my opinion, but isnt 5″ pushing the limits of phone size? great specs and great company, but why are all companies shooting for a phablet?
To bad there is no keyboard dock anymore for this line that is what made the first gen so popular I think having the extra 2 batteries and not just a single extra battery could go all day and night with the triple setup.
The only phone and tab i would give up my note 2 and nexus 10 for
Now if they would combine this with their AIO concept, it’d be just like tech Russian dolls.
Wow, the front of that phone looks exactly like the iPhone if you substitute the 3 capacitive buttons for the home button.
Nice love that kind of stuff. Sadly no love for the US. :-(
Too much money when I can get my phone contract subsidized for $100 and pick up a Nexus 7 for $250
If I wouldn’t have an Padfone 2 already, I surely would want this. Excited about the one after this. Hope ASUS will continue to make Padfones! I think the Padfone 2 was the best mobile device decision I have ever made.