Monday, February 25, 2013
Asus Introduces The Fonepad, Padfone Infinity at MWC
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Asus is targeting both smartphone and tablet users with its new
Padfone Infinity and Fonepad devices, which can be converted
between the two formats.
The Fonepad is a competitively priced handheld with 3G voice and
mobile data for all the features of a smartphone, with the
versatility of a 7-inch tablet. Powered by a new Intel Atom Z2420
processor with Android 4.1, Fonepad features an HD display with IPS
The Fonepad is a compact tablet with a metallic design that can be
held in one hand, thanks to its light 340g weight and slim 10.4mm
profile. Powered by the latest Intel Atom Z2420 processor with full
Android compatibility, Fonepad features a balance of performance
and energy efficiency, with hardware-accelerated 1080p Full HD
video decoding and up to nine hours of battery life.
The 7-inch screen features 10-point multi-touch, and a 1280 x 800
Built-in 3G with HSPA+ mobile data means ASUS Fonepad is an
always-connected mobile device for web browsing, downloads from
Google Play Store, and streaming of audio and video. Thanks to its
full 3G telephony support, Fonepad can also be used for voice calls
using the built-in noise-cancelling digital microphone or a
Fonepad will be available in the UK with 16GB of internal storage
and up to 32GB of additional storage with a microSD card. All
models feature a front 1.2-megapixel camera and ASUS SonicMaster
audio technology with MaxxAudio 3 processing by Waves ensures high
ASUS Fonepad also comes with a number of exclusive ASUS
productivity apps: Floating App for easy management of running apps
and multi-tasking; SuperNote Lite for handwritten notes and
drawing; and WebStorage Office Online for Microsoft
Office-compatible document editing on the move. Fonepad users also
get 5GB of free lifetime ASUS WebStorage for syncing and sharing
data with other devices.
ASUS Fonepad will be available in the UK late Q2 2013. Prices start
from SRP £179 (inc VAT) for the 16GB Fonepad.
The second device announced by Asus today is the PadFone Infinity, an LTE
smartphone with a 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
next-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor and up
to 19 hours of 3G talk time.
The 5-inch screen features a 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution with
441 pixels-per-inch. 64GB of storage complements the Qualcomm
Snapdragon 600 1.7GHz quad-core processor for a smooth Android
experience, while 100Mbit/s LTE and 42Mbit/s DC-HSPA+ ensure fast
web browsing and downloads.
ASUS PadFone Infinity features a 13-megapixel camera with an f/2.0
5-element lens. A dedicated image signal-processor enhances
low-light image quality and enables PadFone Infinity to capture up
to 100 sequential photos at 8 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
The 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 reformatted to fit the
PadFone Infinity comes with exclusive ASUS apps, including
SuperNote 3.1, Story and ASUS Echo.
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
The combined price of the ASUS PadFone Infinity and Infinity
Station will be around SRP £799 (inc VAT).