Earlier this month we reported that the Asus Padfone would be one of the first devices to feature Qualcomm’s new 28nm Snapdragon S4 processor and today some information from GLBenchmark seems to confirm that. The guys from Netbookitalia.it spotted a benchmark result for the Padfone that reveals the Snapdragon S4 model number MSM8960.
New details listed for the Padfone include a 960 x 540 qHD display, Android 2.3.5, and a max CPU frequency of 918 MHz. We don’t know exactly when this device information was submitted, but the Padfone is rumored to launch around February and we expect it will be upgraded to Android 4.0 by launch.
The max CPU frequency of 918 MHz is a little odd because we know from our recent trip to Qualcomm that the first dual-core Snapdragon S4 devices should debut at speeds up to 1.5 GHz. The device being tested was likely an engineering sample, so that might be the reason for the slower clock speeds.
Hopefully we will receive some hands-on time with the Padfone at CES or Mobile World Congress early next year. I’m interested to see if Asus can really fulfill a demand for both smartphone and tablet users with this hybrid product.
Is anyone out there willing to fork over their money and give this experiment a try?