Asus Padfone 2 announced with new PadFone 2 Station

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It was a very busy day for Chairman Jonney Shih, after announcing the Asus Padfone 2 in Taipei (see pictures below), they’ll then flew to Milan to officially unveil the Asus Padfone 2 there as well.

The Asus Padfone 2 is an upgrade from the original Padfone, since it will upgrade a number of key components which are developed by another company namely; the 4.7-inch 720p Super IPS+ panel (Sharp’s IGZO technology), it will be powered by Qualcomm’s quad-core APQ8064 SoC, a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.4 using BSI sensor from Sony and it will run Google’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich but upgradable to Jelly Bean.

Asus Padfone 2 Specs:

  • 4.7-inch Super IPS+ touchscreen (700 nits of brightness) covered with corning® Fit Glass
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (8064 + 9215m) Quad Core Cortex A15 class CPU 1.5GHz
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB storage capacity
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 13 Mega-Pixel, Auto Focus, f2.4 Aperture with BSI sensor, 5-element lens
  • Video recording at 1080p HD video at 30fps, or 720p HD video at 60fps
  • 1.2 Mega-Pixel front camera
  • Android Ice Cream Sandwich upgradable to Jelly Bean
  • AGPS & GLONASS
  • G-Sensor/E-Compass/Gyroscope/Proximity/Light Sensor
  • Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.0
  • Network: WCDMA 900/2100, EDGE/GPRS/GSM : 850/900/1800/1900, LTE 700/800/1800/2600
  • Li-iOn 2140mAh battery
  • Weight: 135 gms

Asus also unveil a much slimmer and powerful PadFone 2 Station, the PadFone 2 Station will transform the 4.7-inch smartphone to a 10.1-inch slate with IPS display at 1280 x 800 screen resolution and a “high-quality” speaker system. It will also feature a 3.5mm audio and the proprietary ASUS 13-pin connector. The PadFone 2 Station will also boost the phone reception and extended antennas for WiFi, GSM, WCDMA and LTE connectivity.

PadFone 2 Station Specs:

  • 10.1 inches, WXGA 1280×800, IPS with Capacitive touch panel
  • Scratch Resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with HCLR Film
  • 1 Mega-Pixel front camera
  • Supports WiFi, GSM, WCDMA and LTE connectivity
  • ASUS 13-pin dock connector (support Micro-USB 2.0 Host)
  • High Quality Speaker, SonicMaster
  • Li-Ion 5,000mAh battery
  • weight: 514gms

Asus said from their press release the PadFone 2 will be launched before the end of December in Europe (Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Sweden) and Asia (Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and U.A.E). As for the price, bundled 32GB model (PadFone 2 and PadFone Station) will go for €799 (or roughly $1,040) in Europe, while bundled 64GB model will be at €799 ($1,170).

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Press Release

Live Life Intuitively with ASUS PadFone™ 2
Quad-core smartphone with incredible battery life and a thinner, lighter PadFone 2 Station deliver the ultimate mobile flexibility.

2012/10/16

ASUS, a global leader in the new digital era, today announces PadFone™ 2. Building upon the successful PadFone combination of an Android smartphone and dockable tablet for incredible mobile flexibility, PadFone 2 consists of a higher specification quad-core, LTE-equipped smartphone and a completely redesigned tablet.

ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih unveiled PadFone 2 in front of the world’s media at a press conference in Milan, Italy. “Our relentless drive to innovate through our ‘Design Thinking’ philosophy has empowered us to create PadFone 2. It’s beautiful, it’s fast and, best of all, it’s intuitive,” said Mr. Shih.

PadFone 2 is a fully featured 4.7” Android™ smartphone with industry-leading specifications that docks with the unique PadFone 2 Station to become a lightweight, but fully featured, 10.1” tablet. Apps are seamlessly optimized on-the-fly to support both tablet and phone modes, with an instant transition between smartphone and tablet screen sizes.

Enlarge and charge
ASUS’ world-renowned ‘Design Thinking’ philosophy has significantly reduced PadFone 2 Station’s thickness and weight. At just 649g, the combined weight of both PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station is now lighter than most tablets on the market, and the dock mechanism has been redesigned to require just one swift step to use. PadFone 2 has also been subtly refined to increase its screen size to 4.7”, while reducing its thickness and weight to just 9mm at its thickest point and 135g, respectively.

Battery life is astounding, too. The higher-capacity PadFone 2 2140mAh battery provides up to 16 hours 3G talk-time and 13 hours Wi-Fi web browsing, while PadFone 2 Station’s 5000mAh battery gives up to 36 hours 3G talk-time. PadFone 2 Station’s internal battery also has enough capacity to recharge the docked PadFone 2 three times over.

Super phone, super performance
A 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM ensures incredible PadFone 2 performance in both smartphone and tablet modes. The new 4.7” 1280 x 720 HD Super IPS+ display uses scratch-resistant Corning® Fit Glass and delivers sharp, detailed images with accurate colors, ultra-wide viewing angles and 550 nits brightness for stunning outdoor visibility.

A new 13-megapixel high-performance camera captures incredibly detailed images with no shutter lag. Burst mode can capture up to 100 shots at a blisteringly quick six shots per second, while simultaneously recording 1080p HD video at 30fps, or 720p HD video at 60fps. Low-light performance is also enhanced by the wide f/2.4 aperture and a dedicated image signal processor. Both PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station feature superlative sound quality too, thanks to ASUS SonicMaster technology and audio tuning by Waves, recipient of a Technical GRAMMY Award®.

Easy to share, easy to save
With capacities up to 64GB and 50GB of ASUS WebStorage provided free for two years, PadFone 2 offers endless possibilities for storing data. Data syncing between devices is also a thing of the past, since PadFone 2 storage is used by PadFone 2 Station when the two are connected, while NFC allows users to share webpages, Contacts and user recommendations from Play Store with others. Shared mobile data connectivity between smartphone and tablet also means just one data plan is needed for both devices, while support for up to 42Mbit/s DC-HSPA+ and 100Mbit/s LTE delivers super-fast web browsing and downloads.

User-friendly enhancements
PadFone 2 also features a new version of the SuperNote app that instantly converts handwritten notes made in multiple languages into editable text. Its Instant Translation tool also translates any word, phrase or sentence in an email, web page or app at a touch, without the need for a third-party translation tool.

Availability
PadFone 2 will be launched before the end of December in Europe (Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Sweden) and Asia (Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and U.A.E). Availability in other countries will be announced at a later date.

Last modified: October 17, 2012

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