Asus may have only announced the PadFone 2 back in October last year, but it has already come up with the PadFone Infinity, another version of the smartphone with tablet dock combination. Launched at Mobile World Congress this week, it features far more serious hardware than the PadFone 2, although it comes with an equally serious price tag.
The phone is the brains of the whole operation, as the tablet dock isn’t able to do anything on its own, and requires the phone to be slotted into the back for it to operate. The PadFone Infinity now has a 5-inch display with a 1080p resolution, a big increase over the 4.7-inch, 720p screen fitted to the Padfone 2.
Inside is a Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor with a 1.7GHz clock speed and 2GB of RAM, so the PadFone Infinity is a speedy beast. It comes with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage memory, plus access to a further 50GB of cloud storage through Asus, a service which is free for two years with the device. The PadFone Infinity has a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel video call cam, 4G LTE connectivity, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean as its OS.
Once the phone is slotted into the tablet dock, the PadFone Infinity becomes a tablet, complete with a 10.1-inch, 1080p resolution screen. While the tablet may not have a processor or OS of its own – it shares the phone section’s, remember – it does have a monster battery. The 5000mAh cell will power the tablet and charge the phone’s 2400mAh battery, so using it won’t impact your time using only the phone.
Asus will be releasing the PadFone Infinity in the UK, but you’ll need to hand over £800 to get one. It’s a lot of money, but Asus argue that a SIM-free top end phone and tablet would end up costing the same, plus both phone and tablet share the same phone bill. The PadFone Infinity will go on sale in April.