Sep 21 AT 2:00 PM Taylor Wimberly 25 Comments

ASUS Padfone 2 coming in October with upgraded specs and new design

ASUS Padfone

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.

Via: Engadget

Source: Mobile01

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  • Nate B.

    This thing was forgotten about after it was launched. I forgot about this thing. I as like what was the first one?

    • zerosix

      This thing was forgotten because it took Asus tooooo long to bring it to market plus lack of ads.
      Besides, I think, customers are not ready for modular expirience now. Maybe in 5 years?

  • herbivore83

    Are they really hosting two live events in different countries on the same day? Seems strange to me.

    Anyway, hope this one can live up to the promise of the last one. I would like to see this be successful.

  • jaxidian

    I’m REALLY hoping this v2 product is as refined as we all would like! This is a GREAT idea and, if executed well, will be a tremendous value to consumers!

  • Lucifer

    Padfone? Apples patent name infringement incoming in 3…2…1…

  • jaxidian

    FYI, I’m not so sure the specs in the picture are legit. Look at the display. Icon says “SuperAMOLED” while the text below says “Super IPS+ HD”.

    I bet this was faked…

    • Sever

      The details listed above are different from whats in the pictures and video because the video and pictures are about the padfone 1. in the padfone 1, the phone display was amoled and the tablet dock display was super ips+ iirc.

  • SanzaBlancoAkA2C

    Being that the specs are basically the same as the LG Optimus G, ASUS has my attention. It would be cool if Google partnered with ASUS & made this a Nexus device. That way they could kill 2 birds with one stone in that you have a new Nexus phone & a Nexus 10.

    • J3R3MY_H

      My mind just got blown. Awesome idea.

    • clocinnorcal

      My mind was also blown! That would be an awesome idea! Would love an Nexus Asus phone!

  • pjamies

    Epic Fail ..

    Sorry, Yes the device is interesting, and maybe we do not know enough about it’s
    abilities as this sales guy had issues trying to describe it’s features in English.
    The BT pen part looked silly, and there was no mention of any drawing apps or anything
    else that the over sized pen could do, so you end up with a pen that I cannot see any point
    too, and no place to keep it (that I could see).
    The thickness of the tablet will be at least twice that of the phone, so no big jump
    in design there ..
    Don’t get me wrong, it looks like a interesting idea, it is just not one that I feel will
    take off in it’s current format.

    • Hom0ncruse

      final nail in the coffin for ASUS

  • NeoJesus

    What’s the point of sticking a phone in a tablet?

    • vforvortex

      Its basically the concept that your phone is your main computer, and you are attaching the phone to the tablet to get the benefit of extra screen space and battery life. You also wont need a data plan for your tablet since it will use your phones data/wifi.

  • vforvortex

    Please be a Nexus! (wishful thinking)

    I was thinking about the padfone earlier when i read about the nexphone concept :

  • Loretta

    Transphone International launched last weekend. The Transphone and Transpad are dependent of each other. It allows you to be able to surf the web from the Transpad but at 4 times the size. It automatically syncs your phone with you place it in the Transpad.

    NeoJesus, the reason for sticking your phone in the tab is two fold. With the Transphone, you are only paying for one service instead of two. You can carry your phone in your pocket when you just want to use your phone. When you want to read email and such, you just slide your Transphone into your TransPad and automatically conforms to the 7 inch screen size. There is no more pinching the screen to actually be able to read and surf the web.

    Pretty neat design.

    • vforvortex

      Only small difference being Transphone’s Key Specs:

      Android 2.3.5, SnapDragon S1, 512MB RAM and ROM, ;)

  • Bryan Stoner

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IN LOVE!!!! <3 <3 Asus I love you!!
    I was patiently awaiting the next generation of the Padphone ;)
    This day has finally come!!


    • Bryan Stoner

      That was a genuine comment. Meanies.

  • Kerb7777

    The down side to this trans phone is they will probably get sued by padfone for infringing on there design! And no where on there website do u find the specifics of the devices!!!

  • Nathan D.

    I like the last one but it design wasn’t good at all. Hopefully, these rumored specs will stick and the design see am up grade.

  • Kerb7777

    Will I be able to use this devise with Verizon account? How much for all 3? I like the idea of it being the next Nexus!!!!

  • Daniel Smedegaard Buus

    I cant’ decide if they’re ahead or behind the times with that design. I mean, The mid-90s were all about the 60s and 70s, but given that the 50s are now the hot stuff getting old, is the 60s and 70s look going to be fashionable again sooner than the distance from now to the mid-90s? I hope so, because then all my clothes on the attic are gonna be awesome!

  • Cebastian Rosing

    Wow, those specs look great. I’m not looking for a upgrade yet, but if they release the PadFone 3 next year, there’s a fair chance I will consider it. Especially, if I still haven’t got a tablet. that is, however, unlikely. I’m considering the N7 though, so in a year, a 10″ and 5″ phone, would still provide value.. :) We’ll see. I just hope they bring it back again!

  • bgssilva

    This is the best idea for convergence and mobility.
    No need to synchronize data once it is all in a single device. Incredible!!!