Asus has officially announced the PadFone 2, the second generation of the company’s innovative smartphone – tablet combination device. The product was launched in two simultaneous events that were held in Milan and Taipei.
The PadFone 2 has undergone a major redesign and this more intuitive design is what Asus is trying to sell to consumers. The original PadFone had a small door located at the back of the dock for the PadFone tablet. This is where the smartphone is attached. But with the PadFone 2, the door has been completely removed in favor of a slot at the back where the smartphone can be quickly connected and disconnected – definitely a vast improvement over the “door” concept used for the first generation PadFone. In fact, a faster and easier way to dock the phone to the tablet is very important because the main selling point of the PadFone is the seamless sharing of content between the smartphone and tablet components of the device.
The PadFone 2’s smartphone will have a 4.7 inch Super IPS+ touchscreen using Gorilla Glass while the tablet component has a 10.1 inch screen. The smartphone will sport a quad core APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro chip and will come with a 16gb, 32gb or 64gb memory with 2gb of RAM. It will also have a 13 megapixel camera. Because of the new design, the smartphone can be used even when it is docked to the tablet because the screen faces outwards.
The Asus PadFone 2 will sell between 799 to 899 euros.