Asus has officially lifted the curtain on the Padfone 2, the successor to its original smartphone-tablet hybrid.
The Padfone 2 has dimensions of 5.43 (height) x 2.72 (width) x 0.35 (thickness) and tips the scale at 0.3 lbs. This makes it lighter than the latest iPad as well as the original Padfone. It has a slab form factor and comes in two color options, black or white. Those who were familiar with the first Padfone will notice the absence of the PadFone Station Dock. Also noteworthy is the replacement of software buttons with touch-sensitive menu keys.
Its capacitive multi-touch Super IPS+ HD LCD screen measures 4.7 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Such display, which is also one of the first to arrive with Sharp IGZO technology, has a pixel density of 312 ppi.
The device runs on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 APQ8064 processor with a clock speed of 1.5 GHz. Meanwhile, its GPU is the Qualcomm Adreno 320. Out of the box, the Padfone 2’s operating system is Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, but Asus promises that an upgrade to Jelly Bean will be made available.
As for memory, the Padfone 2 has a RAM size of 2 GB DDR2. It also comes in three variants in terms of storage capacity: 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB.
The hybrid device’s front-facing camera has a 1.2 megapixel sensor whereas its rear camera has a 13 megapixel sensor, autofocus, LED flash, and the capacity to capture 1080p videos.
Users will also find a 3.5 mm audio jack, a microUSB port, MHL, and a proprietary port on the Padfone 2.
Connectivity-wise, it offers NFC, Bluetooth version 4.0, GPS, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, LTE, GSM 1900, 1800, 900, 850, and HSPA.
Among the sensors it is packed with are an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, magnetometer, and an ambient light sensor.
Lastly, the Padfone 2 is fuelled by a 2140 mAh battery that promises around 16 hours of usage on a single charge.
The Padfone 2 will be available in Taiwan beginning next week, and in Singapore starting in November. It is also scheduled to hit the market in several Asian countries before December, Japan, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand. The device will be sold in Europe, as well.
The Padfone 2 smartphone component is priced at NT 17,990 or US$616 for the 16GB variant; NT 19,990 or US$684 for the for 32GB variant; and NT 21,901 or US$750 for the 64GB variant. The tablet component, for its part, will sell for NT 8,990 or US$307.