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Asus Announces the Padfone Infinity With 5-inch 1080p Display, Snapdragon 600 Processor, LTE, and Docking Fun

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Asus is at it again with their phone-inside-of-a-tablet line of products called the Padfone. Announced this morning at Mobile World Congress, we have the brand new Padfone Infinity, a phone with a 5″ 1080p display, 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 64GB storage, 13MP camera, LTE, and Android 4.2. But most importantly, it also docks into a tablet shell, just like its brothers and sisters did, to turn your phone into a 10.1″ tablet as an all-in-one type of device. 

The device, to me, doesn’t seem a lot different than the Padfone 2 other than its 1080p display and upgraded processor. It still rocks LTE, docks gently into a shell, and likely will never come near a U.S. carrier.

The Padfone Infinity will go one sale in Taiwan in April, along with some other select countries in Q2. The U.S. is not mentioned at all, and that shouldn’t surprise you. Neither of the previous Padfone devices made their way to our shores, because carriers here like to charge you to connect tablets to their network. They also sure as hell don’t want you to tether for free (which is sort of what docking the device does) to a tablet and gobbling up data.

It’s too bad really, because the concept of the Padfone is brilliant.

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ASUS Announces Next-Generation PadFone™ Infinity

LTE smartphone with 5-inch Full HD display combines with a 10.1-inch tablet dock for seamless mobile flexibility

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain (25th February, 2013) —ASUS today announced PadFone™ Infinity, a powerful LTE smartphone with a sleek metallic design and a 5-inch Full HD display that becomes a 10.1-inch tablet when docked to its companion PadFone™ Infinity Station. PadFone™ Infinity features Android 4.2 and groundbreaking mobile performance, thanks to its next-generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 quad-core processor and up to 19 hours of 3G talk time.

“PadFone™ Infinity is the latest evolution of our PadFone™ line,” said Jonney Shih, ASUS Chairman. “It combines incredible design with an uncompromised user experience derived from our Design Thinking philosophy.”

Premium design with premium performance

With slender unibody design crafted from aerospace-grade aluminum, ASUS PadFone™ Infinity is beautiful and durable. 64GB of storage complements the class-leading Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 1.7GHz quad-core processor for a smooth and responsive premium Android experience, while 100Mbit/s LTE and 42Mbit/s DC-HSPA+ ensure super-fast web browsing and downloads.

ASUS PadFone™ Infinity features a high-performance 13-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 five-element lens that captures incredibly detailed images with no shutter lag. A dedicated image signal-processor enhances low-light image quality and enables PadFone™ Infinity to capture up to 100 sequential photos at 8 frames-per-second, while simultaneously recording 1080p Full HD video. PadFone™ Infinity can also output 1080p Full HD video via its Micro-USB-compatible MyDP interface.

Share apps and mobile data instantly

The unique two-in-one nature of ASUS PadFone™ removes the tedious need to synchronize data between smartphone and tablet. Data and settings on PadFone™ Infinity are available instantly on PadFone™ Infinity Station upon docking, and running apps are smoothly reformatted to fit the larger display. Mobile data bills are also reduced, since a single data plan can be shared between both devices.

PadFone™ Infinity comes with new and exclusive ASUS apps, including SuperNote 3.1 for note taking, Story for creating stunning photo albums and ASUS Echo for voice control of PadFone™ Infinity.

ASUS PadFone™ Infinity has up to 19 hours of 3G talk time, increased to up to 40 hours when docked into PadFone™ Infinity Station. PadFone™ Infinity Station also has sufficient battery capacity to fully recharge the docked PadFone™ Infinity up to three times.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS PadFone™ Infinity will be available in Taiwan from April and selected other countries from early Q2 2013. The combined price of PadFone Infinity 64GB and PadFone Infinity Station is €999 (MSRP). Exact pricing and specifications will vary by market. Please confirm full pricing and availability with your local ASUS representative.

WHERE TO FIND ASUS AT MWC

Location: ASUS MWC Product Showroom
ASUS Business Suite, Hall 2, 2C70,
Fira Gran Via
Av. Joan Carles I, 64 08908
L’Hospitalet de Llobregat,
Barcelona, Spain

Opening hours: 25th February, 3pm to 7pm
26th to 27th February, 7.30am to 7pm
28th February, 7.30am to 4pm

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ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,168 awards in 2012 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 12,500 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 3,800 engineers. Company revenue for 2011 was approximately US$11.9 billion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1376656059 Tara Hayle

    Asus has the absolute worst service ever. I have owned several laptops from them, including the when new hard to get J 73, which continually had issues and only because I threatened my lawyer will contact them after 3 months of bs did I get it back.

  • Jolny

    So… any keyboard dock this time? Otherwise it’s a no go! :)

  • viewthis66

    i dig it. overpriced as some others have pointed out, but wanting it none the less.

  • Finire

    This has nothing to do with being anti-anything on the manufactures part. This is the US carriers limiting what is available to the US consumer. If you want to blame someone, please, point it in the right direction and not at the tech.

  • http://twitter.com/Mikezilla0074 Mikezilla0074

    Can you use something like straight talk with the padphones?

  • joejoe5709

    Sorry but what’s the point of having a phablet attached to a tablet? I’d much rather a slightly smaller phone (4.6-4.8″screen) attached to a tablet. I’d think this would be a better concept so that you get the best of both worlds – a regular sized phone and a tablet when you need it. Personally, a 10″ tablet (with a phone inside) I’d probably worry about it being a little too heavy so I’d think an 7-8″ dockable tablet would be better for me.

    • joejoe5709

      A hybrid/tablet-mode custom ROM (Paranoid Android comes to mind first) would kick butt on this thing. Can you imagine?

    • http://www.facebook.com/soulkiller19 Pyi Nyein Aung

      Tablet + Phone inside still lighter than the iPad. why u want it lighter? .. even a kid can carry the heavy ipad around. lol

  • http://twitter.com/worbleworble Donnie Dangus

    I wish that Asus would offer a MHL lapdock like the forgotten Clambook. That plus a Chrome-Android hybrid OS would be fantastic.

  • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ Stynkfysh

    I hate the mobile industry in the United States.

  • anguy

    I really don´t understand the reason why use 5 inch display for this phone. Isn’t the whole point of this device that if you need larger screen you put it into the tabletdock? Why mae expensive and large phone, when you can make small slim 4incher?

    • http://twitter.com/npooty npooty

      One reason could be that making it larger laterally allows you to make the device thinner.

    • Big_EZ

      Because some people want a large phone and a tablet. I think what would really be amazing is if they had a 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5″ padfones with adapters so they all use the same tablet host, they could even offer 7 and 10″ versions. The biggest benefit to this is having one data plan for tablet and phone.

  • Dave

    Looks like the S4pro is going to be relegated to mid range devices, which seems weird since it’s in less than ½ dozen high end phones currently.

  • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

    On screen buttons? Why?

    That is expensive, especially I would have to buy one for the aokp team if I wanted to run my favorite rom too.

  • http://twitter.com/dewguzzler Jesse Perkins

    i would buy this so hard

  • Corey Hass

    Is it really that hard to make one of these work on a US Carrier?

    • Jonathan Bunch

      we probably wont see the likes of this in the us until apple does it.
      then everyone will “copy” them and be sued.

    • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ Stynkfysh

      No. We are just a bunch of big fat cow teats and its way harder to milk us if the US carriers can’t charge for each device separately.

      • Corey Hass

        So just toss a SIM card in there and call it good?

        • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ Stynkfysh

          It’s not that its impossible to run one here, just a significant nuisance, unless on Verizon and Spring – which probably is impossible. Gotta import one first, paying full price, then it will probably have to be on AT&T for full network speed. Maaaybe T-Mobile will work.

          I suppose we could go through the trouble of buying a phone on contract, sell it, then using the money from the sale to buy the PadPhone from the proceeds.

          Yuck!

    • http://atfdl.com/ ATFDL

      ASUS does want to bring it to the US. It is the carriers that needed to be shaken up and shown that people are interested in the device.. They are looking into Verizon and others, but again up to the carriers. Mums the word.

  • JBartcaps

    Makes so much sense for someone who who works at a computer all day with a tablet next to their monitor… I want this incorporated at my office. Does this still have the stylus as your microphone and earpiece?

  • jmasterj

    I’d take one of these. Not for 1000 euros, though. Price would have to better than the most recent Nexus phone + most recent nexus tablet for me.

    • DroidBricker

      Exactly. You can get among most expensive phones + tablets for under the price of that. 1000 Euros is $1329. Note 10.1= $499, Note 2 = $699. What are they thinking charging more for a dock and phone than it would cost for a tablet and phone?

      • hkklife

        Yup, I’d rather buy, if I had the $ to burn, say, a VZW Moto X-phone at full price AND a Nexus 10 instead of this combo. But Still, I’d be far more likely to buy an Asus Padfone package than I would a Chromebook Pixel! I have never entertained any ideas of this coming to the US in any way, shape, or form, but it WOULD make an awesome T-Mobile “dumb pipe” SIM CARD-only exclusive, wouldn’t it?

        • DroidBricker

          Since all of our carriers in the US are jerk-offs we don’t really have to worry about the price of this anyway.

          • michael arazan

            Time to take away the carriers self made powers, they lease the spectrum from us the citizens, we technically own the airwaves they lease from us through the FCC. People need to write and complain to the FCC and their state’s regulatory commission for telecommunications, every state has one.They shouldn’t get away with half the crap they pull to screw consumers.

      • Captain_Doug

        Especially when the tablet is just a dumb screen. It has no processor, memory, camera, just a battery and a nice screen. So say $600 for the phone and $200-300 for the tablet is still only $900 which equals 677 euros. Definitely a bit overpriced.

  • nightscout13

    What’s up with that? No LOVE for Americans? D:

  • Steve Benson

    Love Asus. They manage to take stock Android and not F it up.

  • OnlyNexus

    In theory, this concept is kind of cool. In an actual practical sense, I just can’t seem to get on board.

    • http://twitter.com/fr8cture Eric

      You mean besides the fact it never comes to the US?

  • MichaelFranz

    and still no US availablility. I think this would be a HUUUUUGE hit in the US. Carrier hate it though.

    One thing i would like to see Asus do is offer options on the dock, while the 10.1 inch dock is great, maybe having a 9.7 or an 8 inch is a nice option

    • nightscout13

      With the phone being 5″?

      • MichaelFranz

        maybe the 8 inch is a bit to small, but options are nice. Im finding my 10.1 inch tablet to be to big at times. I went and played with the lenovo one at best buy which is 9.7 and it fit me better. Just wishful thinking

        • Shadowcell

          *snickers*

      • Big_EZ

        Why not? I have a 5.5″ phone but I’m planning on getting rid of my 10″ tablet for a 7″.

      • Big_EZ

        Why not? I have a 5.5″ phone and I’m going to get rid of my 10″ tablet for a 7″.

        • nightscout13

          Cause the tablet portion only works when phone is inserted. What’s the point of having only a 1.5 extra inches? 5.5 to 7, not that big of a difference.

          • Big_EZ

            It’s actually quite substantial increase when browsing or watching videos. Also if the padfone is 5″ and he proposed and 8″ option for a tablet dock that would be a 3″ larger screen, which works out to about 2.5x’s the screen size of the padfone.

          • nightscout13

            He said he wants to go from a 5.5 to a 7. that’s 1.5

          • Big_EZ

            He said they should have a have a 9.7″ and 8″ option for the 5″ padfone. I implied an 8″a tablet isn’t too small for a 5″ phone because I’m getting a 7″ tablet to compliment my 5.5″ Note 2.

          • nightscout13

            Yep, we all have different opinions. I would want a 5.5″ phone, and a 12″ tablet.

          • Big_EZ

            Absolutely, that’s why options are great. They would have a device that I believe could be a top seller if they had a few options of phone sizes and tablet sizes that was universal (and if it came to the land of the not so free). If they had universal docks that would also work on future phones a lot of people would buy it knowing they wouldn’t have to shell out another few hundred once they upgrade their phone, unless they wanted the next best resolution/features. This is all a dream though.

  • Tim242

    Even though it looks like the iPhone 5…I still love the look of it.

    • nightscout13

      It looks more like the HTC One to me