ASUS has taken to their home turf of Taipei to announce the next big boy phone in their long-running line of products. It’s the ASUS Padfone Infinity, and this has enough horsepower to make any spec junkie happy. Highlighted by the inclusion of a Snapdragon 800 processor, this spec sheet would is not for the feint at heart. Let’s take a quick look:
- 5-inch 1080p HD Super IPS display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 16GB or 32GB of internal storage with microSD
- 13 megapixel rear camera
- 2 megapixel front camera
- Bluetooth 4.0
- WiFi N
- 2,400mAh battery
The camera deserves a bit of recognition here, with ASUS introducing a technology called PixelMaster that will use multiple pixels from the 13 megapixel camera sensor to create a 3 megapixel image that is quite sharp and clear.
PixelMaster also helps ASUS achieve better lowlight performance than the HTC One, Galaxy S4, and iPhone 5, apparently. We’ll hold our breath until we see some samples for ourselves, but they do make it sound quite promising.
Coming in “Titanium Black” or “Platinum White,” the Padfone Infinity will run Android 4.2.2 out of the box, and with the track record ASUS has built we should expect to get even more updates down the line. Sitting on top is a new and improved user interface that ASUS has created, with an emphasis on making the experience more uniform no matter where you are in the OS.
Of course, this being a Padfone means it can be docked into the back of ASUS’ gutless tablets. This essentially makes your phone the driving power behind a full-fledged tablet experience. What’s better is that you won’t even need the new version of the Padfone tablet dock if you already have one, as the Padfone Infinity will fit inside the old one just fine. Not bad for a reported $640 (add $240 for the tablet dock). Anyone interested?