Just yesterday, Adrian did a post about ASUS’ infinity PaFone. The post was about the device’s benchmark results spotted somewhere that was the first indication that the device is real and that it comes with quite a powerful 2.2 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. The post went ahead to mention how ASUS was refreshing this phone and tablet hybrid and to prove it a device information page from Taiwan’s NCC (read it here).
Images of the said device have surfaced today and we can get a glimpse of what ASUS has been up to and their efforts to bring to the market another device in the hugely popular Padfone Infinity line.
Its predecessor, PadFone Infinity A80
Asus unveiled the original PadFone Infinity back in February during the Mobile World Congress with a model number A80. The original Padfone Infinity phone is a 5 inch device with a 1080p Full HD display, a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC, 2 GB of RAM and whopping 64 GB internal memory. These are the specifications of the phone, but the main selling point of the Asus PadFone Infinity A80 was the infinity station that effectively transforms the smartphone into a tablet. The station also has other hardware besides the larger screen including an extra battery.
The new improved PadFone Infinity A86
Unlike Google and ASUS refresh of Nexus 7 that generally improved the value and performance of the tablet, ASUS did not change much of the PadFone Infinity save for color and the processor. The new Infinity boasts of a more powerful 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and it will have both the front and rear covers. The original Infinity PadFone came in black (front) and a brushed metal back.
Price and Availability
The new PadFone is reported to cost 10,000 Yuan (that’s about $1,600 US) – a pretty steep price if you ask me. This, of course, is the price including the tablet station. If you already bought the current PadFone Infinity, you will not need to buy the station as it will be compatible with the new PadFone Infinity A86. There is no official word on the availability of this new phone/tablet but experts point at a mid-September date as the possible Taiwan release date.
The original PadFone was highly anticipated to make an entry into the US market but that hasn’t happened yet. We hope that the new refreshed PadFone Infinity will get a US launch date before the holiday season kicks in. What do you think of the new refresh? Will the refreshed ASUS PadFone Infinity impress those who may have passed on the original Infinity or is the ‘slight’ processor improvement insignificant? Let us know what you think.