While I loved the concept of the original PadFone, I wasn’t a fan of the price tag, the thick design, or with some of the deceptive marketing that Asus pulled when unveiling the device. After all, a dual core phone/tablet was nothing revolutionary at the time, and with its expensive price tag, you could get a lot more for your money. But after seeing the monter specs for the PadFone 2, I must admit that I am suddenly very very curious about the new device that Asus plans to launch on October 16th.
Asus is certainly one of the top Android tablet makers, and with specs like these, you can clearly see that they firmly believe in this very interesting all in one phone/tablet concept. So what are we looking at on the spec side?
A Qualcomm S4 Pro quad core chipset running at 1.5Ghz, 2GB of RAM, a 4.7 inch (phone) Super IPS+LCD display (1280 x 720), a 13MP camera on the back, a 1.3MP shooter on the front, LTE and HSPA support, and a 2140 mAh battery. It should be noted that these specs are for the phone only, as we haven’t received word on the tablet part of the PadFone. But with specs like these, it will easily be one of the most (if not THE most) powerful smartphones on the market.
Now this is what I’m talking about. The phone itself is only 9mm thick, and if the tablet part would be significantly thinner (and sexier) than the previous PadFone, than this device could be very interesting for anyone interested in picking up an Android phone and tablet. But why am I praising this one when I was so hard on the original?
For me personally, the hardware running in the phone makes all the difference. Asus went HARD on the specs of this device, and I am very confident that the PadFone 2, unlike the last model, could deliver a very speedy experience as a phone or when used as a tablet. If they would release this device at 600 or 700 bucks, I could justify it more than the last model, as this time they used top notch hardware vs the mediocre hardware found in the original PadFone. Add LTE and a keyboard dock to the mix, and you’ve got yourself a very interesting and innovative device that is starting to make me drool a bit.
We don’t have any word on price, or any details on if the body of the tablet part has changed, but if they made as many improvements to the tablet body as they have with the phone, this could possibly become another strong contender on the high end Android market. I will be closely watching this event, and if the tablet aspect is kept nice and thin, I could imagine being seriously tempted this time around. Impress me Asus!
What do you guys think of the PadFone 2? Let me know what you think in the comments below!