While Asus has seen relative success with their Transformer line of products, and the Nexus 7, the Padfone has yet to make a real impact. Both the Padfone and Padfone 2 failed to make quite the splash Asus was hoping for, but they aren’t giving up yet. Announced at Mobile World Congress, Asus has just debuted the next generation Padfone, the Padfone Infinity, and a new addition to their lineup, a huge 7-inch phone known as the Fonepad.
Essentially the Padfone 3 with some marketing hype attached, the Padfone Infinity is the next entry in Asus’ tablet-docking smartphone series. As with previous Padfone devices, the Infinity is comprised of a high-end smartphone and a tablet dock, giving consumers the ease of having to manage only one device, but the flexibility of multiple screen sizes. As for the specs on the Padfone Infinity, Asus has included a 5-inch 1080p display this time around, as well as a quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 Processor, 2GB RAM, a 13 megapixel camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 2400mAh battery, as much as 64GB of on-board storage and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Previous Padfones have never suffered from a lack of premium components, and neither does the Padfone Infinity. What the Padfone Infinity does suffer from, however, is limited availability. Once again, the Padfone Infinity doesn’t look to be headed for the US. With a hefty price tag of €999, importers will have to be willing to pay an arm and a leg once it becomes available overseas.
The Padfone Infinity wasn’t the only device announced by Asus as Mobile World Congress. The Taiwanese company is taking the old saying, “bigger is better,” to heart, with the unveiling of the 7-inch Fonepad.
Coming in with a 1280×800 7-inch IPS display, 1.2GHz Atom Z2420 processor, 1GB RAM, 4270mAh battery, 3 megapixel camera, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera and 3G Connectivity, the Fonepad is one of the biggest devices we’ve ever seen marketed as a phone. The recently announced Galaxy Note 8 features phone capabilities, but Asus is really driving those features home.
The Fonepad will be released this March in titanium gray and champagne gold, with the 8GB model starting at just $249USD. Unlike the Padfone Infinity, there’s a good chance the Fonepad could be making its way stateside.
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Enjoy this hilarious video from the announcement courtesy of Android Police.