ASUS first introduced its PadFone back in 2011 at Computex, using Taiwan as a testbed, and selling over 10,000 PadFones a month between April and August. ASUS also launched the original PadFone Infinity there in May, and managed to sell between 200 and 300 devices daily between June and August.
After all this testing, an updated PadFone Infinity was released in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Russia, UAE, and a large portion of Europe. Now it finally looks as though the PadFone will be making its way to the US.
ASUS is preparing to launch their Padfone Infinity this week and they recently sent out invitations for their special launch event to be held in Taipei. As we stated previously, the device will be very similar to its predecessor but feature a Snapdragon 800 processor, a microSD slot, and an all-white version will be available. There will be no resolution upgrade for the screen, according to sources.
For those of you who can’t wait to see the new phablet, launch is September 17th.
Check out the promotional video for the device below.
ASUS is ready to launch its new Padfone Infinity smartphone/tablet device, the successor to the A80, next Tuesday during a launch event to be held in Taipei. As we previously reported, the new model is not expected to be much different from the existing version, but it will reportedly get a Snapdragon 800 processor to help keep it snappy. Reports also indicate the device will get a microSD slot and will come in an all-white version.
Check out a (really) short video ASUS released to help tease the event after the break.
ASUS gave a presentation in France earlier today to discuss their roadmap for tablet and smartphone devices, including intentions to get into the U.S. market with their smartphone devices. Two slides from the presentation show the breakdown of devices in each class. Common to both smartphones and tablet devices is the MeMO line, with the MeMOFone HD 5 apparently headed to the U.S. market. Other smartphone devices include the PadFone Infinity, PadFone mini, FonePad HD 7 and FonePad Note FHD 6. The last item in that list appears to imply ASUS will be producing a stylus equipped device to compete in that market.
A recent filing out of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by Samsung has recently been approved for a “wireless communication terminal.” It only takes a couple seconds of looking at it to realize that it resembles the Asus PadFone, however Samsung’s design is a bit more “T-shaped” than their competitor’s. The patent didn’t seem to have any sort of special smartphone to come with the tablet, so it looks like it will be standalone…for now.
Obviously this is the only information we have on it for now, so don’t expect any kind of specs, name, release date, or price for a little while. Check back for updates as it arrives. Look after the break for another image from the patent filing.
ASUS has released an odd teaser video this morning, depicting what appears to be an alien mothership making its way to Barcelona, Spain in preparation for Mobile World Congress 2013. While no smartphones or tablets are directly identified in the video, ASUS says to join them on Feb. 25,” when Pad and Phone come together,” denoting the possibility of new Padfone hardware at next week’s electronics show. Don’t just take our word for it, you can catch the full video after the break.
Earlier today, images leaked of ASUS’ upcoming Padfone 2, revealing the company’s second iteration of its half-phone, half-tablet hybrid. Shortly following the leak, a hands-on video emerged, unearthing the elusive device in all its glory.
The Padfone 2 will sport a a larger 4.7-inch HD display and a much improved 13-megapixel rear camera. Additionally, the new model is said to offer longer battery life, with the phone and tablet lasting between two and three days on a single charge. The video also provides more insight into the design changes, including the removal of the rear docking door. Catch the video below for the full run-down. (Note: the Padfone 2 segment begins at 1:40)
Who among us doesn’t enjoy a supposed leaked photo of a yet-to-be-announced device, even if it’s just the box? Just yesterday, it was revealed that the Padfone 2 will be announced on October 16. Besides the release date possibly being announced, that announcement may not matter too much if this picture is what many believe it is. Granted, it could always be the work of a clever photo job. In fact, there seems to be conflicting info in the spec list vs. the icon regarding the display (Super IPS vs. SuperAMOLED). If the picture is real however, which was posted on a Chinese forum simply titled “Padfone 2 specs revealed,” then what we’re looking at may very well be the unveiling of the specs of the new Padfone. The specs begin with the model number “A68″ which makes sense for the Padfone 2 as the original was dubbed the “A66.” The rest reveals a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 13MP camera, 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 Super IPS+ display, LTE, and 2GB of RAM amongst other goodies. What do you think – real or faked? We’ll probably found out very soon.
It wasn’t that long ago that we caught mention of the Asus Padfone 2 from a leaked slideshow. Now, instead of seeing a few bullet points on a slide, we can allegedly see benchmark results of the not-yet-announced Padfone 2. It was originally assumed that we’d see the successor to the original Padfone in late 2013. However, with these benchmark results, its release may be sooner than we think. The shot of the benchmark results reveal the Padfone 2 name, the device running on Android 4.0.4 (another key it may release sooner rather than later), and a quad core 1512 MHz processor. Of course with only a benchmark screen capture, the price and release information are not known. However, we’ll keep you updated on what appears to be a beast of a multifunctional device.
source: Tablet News
ASUS has updated their Padfone to software version 126.96.36.199. While it doesn’t bring the device to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it does bring it to Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. The update brings several bug fixes and optimizations in the power consumption and camera department. Support for 64GB SD cards will also implemented along with a new Super Note function with handwriting recognition.
ASUS will be pushing the update via OTA, although you can also pull the update directly from the ASUS’ website. If you own a Padfone and wish to update it yourself, then head over to the source link!