Asustek Computer claims that it has sold almost a million units of the Padfone 2 after it was launched three months ago, according to a report published by Digitimes.
This puts some speculations that the Padfone 2 was bound to fail to rest once and for all. It may be recalled that when the product was unveiled, its unique design of a smartphone transforming into a tablet and even into a notebook, raised several eyebrows.
Said numbers are only based on the Padfone 2’s sales in international markets, as no US retailer is carrying the product as of the moment. Shipments are said to be continuing, however, according to Digitimes.
To review, the Asus Padfone 2 is packed with a 4.7-inch Super IPS+ LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors, a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and protection by Corning Gorilla Glass. This Android device comes with a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm S4 CPU, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, and a selection among 16, 32, or 64GB of internal storage. It features a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, video recording capability, geotagging, face detection, and autofocus, plus a 1.2 MP front-facing camera for video chat. The Padfone is powered by a 2140mAh battery. Meanwhile, the tablet sports a 10.1-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It draws its power from a 5000mAh battery. Said slate only works when the smartphone is docked into it.
Following the success of the Padfone 2, the Taiwan-based electronics giant is supposedly preparing to introduce an “upgraded version” of the hybrid device during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on February 25 to 28. Along with the upgrade, “smartphone models with large screens” will be unveiled, as well.
These new devices are expected to expand the company’s growing product lineup this year, which also includes a the VivoTab Smart ME400, a 10.1-inch Windows 8-based slate, and the MeMO Pad ME172, a 7-inch Android 4.1 tablet. The VivoTab TF810, an 11.6-inch Windows 8 tablet, is also scheduled to be launched this month.
Digitimes, citing its sources, notes that among the PC companies that have tried their luck in making smartphones, only Asustek and Lenovo are performing well.