Asus has just made the Padfone 2 official in an event in Taiwan. It is the second attempt of Asus to entice consumers with a hybrid device that has the smartphone docking into a tablet. So how does the second Padfone compare with the first?
Asus made numerous changes on the original Padfone to make the Padfone 2. For starters, the dimensions of the first Padfone are different from those of the Padfone 2. The Padfone measures 5.04 x 2.57 x 0.36 inches while the Padfone 2 spans 5.43 inches x 2.72 inches x 0.35 inches. The Padfone 2, thus, is larger but slightly thinner than the original. Meanwhile, the Padfone, weighing 0.28 pounds, is significantly heavier than the Padfone 2, which weighs just 0.3 pounds.
The second-generation Padfone’s display has a screen size of 4.7 inches diagonally while the Padfone measures only 4.3 inches. The technology, likewise, is different on the two devices. The Padfone comes with a Super AMOLED display whereas the Padfone 2 has an IPS LCD. The resolution of the first Padfone’s screen is 960 x 540 pixels, and it has a pixel density of 256 ppi. On the other hand, the resolution and pixel density of the Padfone 2’s screen is higher at 1280 x 720 pixels and 312 ppi. Both devices sport capacitive multitouch screens.
The Padfone 2 has also more connectivity options such as Near Field Communication, Bluetooth, and LTE.
The first Padfone is packed with a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8260A processor running at 1.5 GHz whereas the new Padfone has a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 APQ8064 processor with a clock speed of 1.5 GHz. Their graphics processors are also different: the Padfone comes with a Qualcomm Adreno 225 GPU while the Padfone 2 has the Qualcomm Adreno 320 GPU.
Asus furthermore increased the RAM size from 1 GB on the Padfone to 2 GB on the Padfone 2. The storage capacity variants, however, remain the same.
In the imaging department, the Padfone 2’s 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera is an improvement over the 0.3-megapixel front camera of the Padfone. A more pronounced enhancement, however, may be observed in the rear camera: the Padfone’s rear camera only has a 5-megapixel sensor while the Padfone 2 has a 13-megapixel sensor.
The battery has likewise been improved from one with a 1520 mAh capacity to the current 2140 mAh-capacity battery.
On the interface, the original Padfone has a 40-pin connector, and the new Padfone has a 13-pin connector.
In general, the Padfone 2, as may have been expected, is a more powerful but lighter device than its predecessor.