New Asus Padfone 2

I have recently wrote an article based on early speculations for new Asus Padfone 2 here. Today on 16 October, Jonney Shih, Chairman of Asus, launched the new Padfone 2 in Milan, Italy which was streamed live on internet.

Processor:

Coming directly to the specifications, as expected, Padfone 2 has Quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor. The architecture is Cortex A-15, which has been seen only in LG Optimus G till now. The GPU is Adreno 320, which Qualcomm believe gives same graphics performance as the new XBox 360. RAM, as expected is 2GB.

Price and Release Date:

The price of Asus Padfone 2 including the tablet attachment is €799 for 32GB model and €899 for 64GB model. Users can expect some changes in price of Padfone 2 because the official webpage of Asus Padfone 2 suggests three storage options, 16/32/64GB. Thus a lower price of around €700 can be expected for the 16GB model.

There is one good news for Indian users as the Padfone 2 release date for India will be sometime before this December.

Asus also offers 50GB of online Asus storage space free of cost for 2 years. One additional benefit of this storage space is that you can access your office related files online through a browser and edit them using Asus-provided free online version of Microsoft office. Thus Padfone 2 increases user efficiency in business related tasks.

                                       

Styling:

There is power button and volume control keys on the right side of Padfone 2 and on top, 3.5mm headphone jack and an iPhone styled sim card insert slot which needs a pin to be opened. The bottom of Padphone 2 has a very new Asus-customized 13pin port which supports the micro USB cable as well as docking connector of  Padfone 2 tablet.

The Padfone 2 alone weighs 135gms and with the tablet accessory, the total weight is 649gms which is 3gms lesser compared to the new Apple iPad.  Padfone 2 is 9mm thick, which makes it very sleek and the ripple back design gives a smooth but firm grip.

Features:

he Padfone 2’s 13MP camera can record amazingly 60fps videos at 720p resolution in addition to the 1080p normal 30fps video recording. Right now the OS is Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 but Asus has promised Jelly bean update soon. Google chrome is the new stock browser for Padfone 2.  The display screen is 4.7 inch HD IPS+ with Gorilla Glass which provides very sharp and crystal clear display. Asus is making a lot of Buzz for Padfone 2’s audio quality which uses the SonicMaster technology. Further reviews will only reveal its performance. There is no report of the Bluetooth stylus accessory (like this one in Padfone 1) till now.

 For the first time in an android device, Asus has introduced an all time dictionary/translation application. This features allows user to translate and spell check the contents in any app or email or sms in the Padfone 2. Also, dual input languages is enabled using which a user can input text in any 2 provided languages at the same time if compared to the other android devices, where users have to switch keyboard styles for doing so.  Asus Padfone 2 has the very famous SuperNote app also which provides features like the handwriting to text conversion, adding captions to the image, social sharing of the created content etc.

Check out the initial hands on review of Asus Padfone 2 here.

Specifications:

CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (8064 + 9215m) Quad Core Cortex A15 class CPU 1.5GHz
Memory 2 GB LPDDR2 RAM
Storage 16GB/32GB/64GB eMMc Flash
50GB free ASUS Webstorage for 2 years
Network and Connectivity Technology WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.0, LTE/4G, 3G and 2G, micro sim
GPS AGPS & GLONASS
Display Padfone:
4.7inches, HD 1280×720, Super IPS+ with Resistive touch panel
Scratch Resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with HCLR Film
Padfone Station:
10.1inches, WXGA 1280×800, IPS with Capacitive touch panel
Scratch Resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with HCLR Film
Battery PadFone:
2140 mAh Lithium
PadFone Station
19 Whr/5000 mAh Lithium
Camera PadFone:
Front 1.2 Mega-Pixel
Rear 13 Mega-Pixel, Auto Focus, F2.4 Aperture
5 -element lens
PadFone Station:
Front 1 Mega-Pixel
Video Video Playback : MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV @ HD 1080p
Video Recording : MPEG4, H.263 @ HD 1080p, H.264 Video Decode @ 720p Encode @ 1080p
Audio Format: MP3/WMV/3GP/AAC/AAC+
High Quality Speaker, SonicMaster Technology
Messaging SMS/MMS/IM/Email
Sensor G-Sensor/E-Compass/Gyroscope/Proximity/Light Sensor

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