Asus debuts PadFone Infinity handset
By Ted Chen, The China Post
September 18, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Asus yesterday unveiled the latest iteration of its PadFone Infinity flagship handset, in an event backed by representatives from chip maker giant Qualcomm, and Taiwan's four major telecoms carriers.
Dubbed the new PadFone Infinity, the 5-inch smartphone is priced at NT$18,990 and NT$20,990 for the 16- and 32-gigabyte variants respectively. The handset is transformed into a 10-inch tablet computer when docked with an optional add-on unit, available for NT$7,000. In addition, a keyboard attachment is available for enhanced productivity applications. The company stated the new handset is compatible with the previous generation's tablet dock.
Incidentally, the handset unveiled yesterday is an update of its predecessor, released recently in April.
The new PadFone Infinity features a variety of hardware specification upgrades from its predecessor, including the latest Snapdragon 800 2.2 gigahertz processor by Qualcomm, enhanced camera with improved low-light or night time photography, and most notably the addition of a microSD memory storage capacity expansion slot. The unit runs Android version 4.2.2, as opposed to version 4.1.2 on its predecessor. However, the company had elected to opt out from offering a 64gigabyte variant.
However, technology and gadget critics stated that the unit's 2,400mah battery is comparatively smaller than those equipped on 5-inch flagships offered by competitors, such as the 3,000mah capacity featured on Sony's Xperia Z1 launched last week.
Meanwhile, the company is aiming to produce a late-September launching of an update version of its popular Nexus 7 tablet computer. Hardware specification highlights of the upcoming tablet features a significantly higher resolution display, with the pixel-per-inch (ppi) rating seeing improvement from 216 to 316. In addition, the company had elected to employ the Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 processor, instead of Nvidia's Tegra processors seen in its predecessor. The new Nexus 7 also features a thinner profile and bezel size, and is 70 grams lighter than its predecessor.