ASUS just released the Padfone earlier this year and this week the company started sending out invites to the press announcing that the Padfone 2 would be revealed on October 16th. Thanks to some leaked packaging, we might already know the hardware specs of the device before it is officially unveiled.
The Padfone got a lot of press the first time around for its unique design. The Padfone could dock into a 10-inch tablet, which then could dock into a keyboard with integrated battery. We loved the idea of the product, but it only launched in a couple of markets and sales were not that great.
Rumored specs of the ASUS Padfone 2 include a 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 Super IPS+ display, 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 13 megapixel camera, 2 GB RAM, and support for LTE and DC-HSPA+ networks.
I played with the original Padfone back in March and at the time I wrote, “The modular concept of the Padfone is a great idea on paper, but the final product might need a couple of revisions before it finds success. Where the Transformer Prime was sleek and sexy, the Padfone is fat and ugly.”
Hopefully the new design has been slimmed down quite a bit, and it will come to more countries this time around. Check out our hands-on video below for an idea of what to expect from the upcoming refresh.