Asus Padfone 2 now official with quad-core CPU, 4.7″ HD screen, 13 MP camera, LTE, NFC, easier docking

The Asus Padfone 2 was officially unveiled earlier today, just as expected. The phone that can be ‘transformed’ into a tablet with one docking action has seen some of its specs leaked yesterday, while almost everything about this device has been rumored for many weeks now.

So let’s get right to it. The Padfone 2 has a 4.7-inch Super IPS+ 720p HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 1.2 MP front-facing camera, a quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 / 32 / 64 GB of storage space (not expandable), Wi-Fi, LTE, HSPA+, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and a 2,140 mAh non-removable Li-Po battery. It runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. An update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is promised.

The tablet dock comes with a 10.1-inch 1280×800 IPS touchscreen, its own 1 MP front-facing camera, and a 5,000 mAh battery. It also has antennas for all the different connectivity options, so you won’t ever have poor signal when the Padfone is docked.

Connecting the phone to the tablet dock is now easier than ever, because the docking mechanism has been redesigned (as seen in the images above). The combined weight of the phone and tablet dock is now just 649 g, similar to or lighter than most mainstream tablets these days.

The keyboard dock that the original Padfone had is gone in this iteration, or at least it wasn’t announced yet.

The Asus Padfone 2 will become available in black and white in Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and the U.A.E before the end of 2012. As for other countries and territories, information about release time frames will be outed “at a later date”.

In Europe, the bundle consisting of the phone and the tablet dock will retail for €799 with 32 GB of storage, and €899 with 64 GB of space. That’s definitely expensive, so it looks like Asus still hopes that you’ll compare this pricing to what you’d need to pay if you wanted to get both a high-end smartphone and a decent 10-inch tablet separately. If you make that comparison, the Padfone 2 bundle does seem rather cheap. However, we assume that most people will just compare this to the pricing of any other top of the line smartphone – and that will unfortunately make the Padfone 2 nothing but a niche device, appealing to some but not a mass-market success.

Via Android Police

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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